Beck Turned Down Multiple Requests To Write the ‘Mad Men’ Theme Song

By Annie Reuter

Beck is gearing up to release his 12th studio album, Morning Phase, next week, which you can listen stream right now on NPR. Currently Billboard‘s cover boy, the singer opened up about the album, his constantly changing sound and some of his insecurities.

When the conversation of his innate musical instinct came up, he admitted that his “instinct has definitely gone awry.” “I could give you many examples,” he tells Billboard.

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As Stereogum ferreted out, One of these moments includes how several years ago he turned down multiple requests to write the theme song for Mad Men.

“It’s about ad executives in the ’60s? They’re going to make a show about that? Really? Um, I don’t think so,” he remembers saying. “Yeah, just like the best show ever made!”

The job, famously, went to producer RJD2.

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He added: “I wish I had more confidence. I think that’s probably my Achilles’ heel,” he said. “If I had more, I probably would have felt emboldened to make more interesting music earlier on, or really go for it in an artistic or songwriting sense. I’ve seen that kind of confidence serve other people really well. I really admire it. Like, I hope my kids have some of that kind of confidence that enables you to take risks.”

Read the complete story at Billboard.


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