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Man Man is an experimental band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Man Man is known for their exuberant live performances. When performing, the members of the band sometimes synchronize their dress, often seen in white outfits and, more commonly, war paint.

The band uses pseudonyms—the frontman is Honus Honus, and its other members are Turkey Moth, Pow Pow, Critter Crat (formerly known as "Cougar"), Jefferson and Chang Wang. Prior to settling on Man Man, the band was named Gamelon and briefly Magic Blood.

During 2007 the band opened for Modest Mouse in several shows during their U.S tour, gaining them public attention. Not long afterward, Nike began airing a series of commercials starring Rainn Wilson with Man Man's "10 lb Mustache" as the background music. That song along with "Feathers" and "Engwish Bwudd" were featured in season 3, episode 8 of the TV show Weeds. The band also recorded a cover of "Little Boxes" for the title sequence of that episode.

They're known for their multi instrumental style that centers on the piano playing of lead singer Honus Honus accompanied by the singing and wide variety of other instruments played by the rest of the band. On recordings, Honus usually plays a honky tonk style piano but during the live shows he uses a Rhodes Piano. Other instruments played by the rest of the band include a clavinet, microKORG, sousaphone, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, flute, drum set, euphonium, Fender Jazz Bass, Danelectro guitar, xylophone, marimba, melodica and various percussive instruments including pots and pans and toy noise makers and horns.

The title of the 2006 album Six Demon Bag is a reference to a line in the film Big Trouble in Little China

Man Man released their third studio album Rabbit Habits in 2008, and embarked on a North American tour in March 2008, with Yeasayer and The Extraordinaires splitting dates. The band performed in a side tent at the 2008 Voodoo Experience.

Honus Honus has made an album with Nicholas Thorburn of Islands and The Unicorns and Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse under the band name of Mister Heavenly.


The band has recorded their fourth album with producer Mike Mogis (of Monsters of Folk fame) in Omaha, Nebraska.

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