What a ride .
The final three theme song options
fischer kicked things off by explaining that the very celebrated Office theme song was created by Ferguson, who ‘s done music for shows including NCIS Los Angeles, Women’s Murder Club, Melrose Place, and films such as The Terminator, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and This Is 40. “ He ‘s the real distribute, ” Kinsey said. “ We got him for our subject song. ” “ But we about did n’t got him, ” Fischer said. initially, Fischer explained, Daniels wanted to use an actual song rather of an original musical composition. “ He narrowed it down to three choices, and he created title sequences to all three songs and he gave DVDs out to the whole vomit. And we got to vote on the songs, ” she said. The songs ? Well, imagine The Office opening succession to these three hits .
1. “Better Things” by The Kinks
“ All correct, I ‘m feeling it a short bit. I mean, it ‘s difficult immediately to imagine anything but what we chose, but OK, I see it, ” Kinsey said .
2. “Float On” by Modest Mouse
“ I know a few people suggested this : John [ Krasinsnki ] and Angela, ” Fischer said. “ Yes, I was a big winnow of that one, ” Kinsey replied .
3. “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
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“ I mean, I love that sung, ” Fischer said. “ I love that one, excessively, ” Kinsey added. And folks, you know what ? The popular 1977 single “ Mr. Blue Sky ” won the vote and was all set to be the official Office subject song. Until…
The Office theme song that almost was but ultimately wasn’t
As we said, “ Mr. Blue Sky ” was IT. Well, about. “ When we did a wake party at my house of the pilot program, Greg brought over a DVD and our citation sequence was ELO ‘s ‘Mr. Blue Sky. ; I still have the DVD, ” Fischer said. “ We were waiting for our express to come out. We had to wait a while. While we were waiting, another show came out. It was called LAX. It starred Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood. It was besides on NBC, ” she explained. “ They used ‘Mr. Blue Sky ‘ as their theme birdcall … We could n’t use it. so Greg had to change it. And that is when Greg hired James Ferguson or as his friends call him, Jay, to write our theme song. ” In the end, “ Mr. Blue Sky ” never made it into the show ‘s intro, but you can experience an alternate reality in which it did thanks to this fan edit .
Fischer explained that because of the mix up they did n’t end up recording the actual Office theme birdcall until a week before the inaugural episode aired. “ Oh my gosh. They must have been sweating it, ” Kinsey said. “ They were scrambling, ” Fischer confirmed. “ so Greg kind of talked about this on ‘Booze Cruise. ‘ He had a musician friend, Bob Thiele, who went in with his friends and they recorded James ‘s composition. And after they recorded it, they formed a band. They called themselves The Scrantones. And then that is the band that appears in ‘Booze Cruise. ‘ ” It sounds like the root song search was a process and a half, but it was all worth it in the end, because Office fans got this absolutely arrant jam.
Be sure to listen to the wide podcast episode for more sub-rosa stories and subject sung tidbits. ( Including how John Krasinski shot the opening Scranton footage. ) You can stream episodes of The Office on Peacock and follow along with the podcast every week on Earwolf, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher .