'The Workplace' nearly had a really totally different theme tune: A legendary pop hit.

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The Workplace has one of the vital beloved, catchy, distinctive theme songs in TV historical past. However do you know that the opening credit have been nearly set to a preferred ’70s hit?

Two of the present’s stars, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, briefly shared the story behind the present’s theme tune in 2020. However on a current episode of the Workplace Girls podcast, the previous co-stars and present BFFs dove deep into the theme tune choice course of.

They reviewed the highest three tune decisions, revealed showrunner Greg Daniels’ remaining theme tune choice, and defined how composer James Ferguson wound up creating the ultimate masterpiece everyone knows and love on the final minute.

What a experience.

The ultimate three theme tune choices

Fischer kicked issues off by explaining that the very well-known Workplace theme tune was created by Ferguson, who’s completed music for reveals together with NCIS Los Angeles, Ladies’s Homicide Membership, Melrose Place, and movies corresponding to The Terminator, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and This Is 40

“He is the true deal,” Kinsey stated. “We received him for our theme tune.”

“However we nearly did not received him,” Fischer stated.

Initially, Fischer defined, Daniels needed to make use of an precise tune as a substitute of an unique composition.

“He narrowed it down to a few decisions, and he created title sequences to all three songs and he gave DVDs out to the entire forged. And we received to vote on the songs,” she stated.

The songs? Nicely, think about The Workplace opening sequence to those three hits.

1. “Higher Issues” by The Kinks

“All proper, I am feeling it just a little bit. I imply, it is onerous now to think about something however what we selected, however OK, I see it,” Kinsey stated.

2. “Float On” by Modest Mouse

“I do know a number of folks advised this: John [Krasinsnki] and Angela,” Fischer stated.

“Sure, I used to be a giant fan of that one,” Kinsey replied.

3. “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electrical Mild Orchestra (ELO)

“I imply, I really like that tune,” Fischer stated.

“I really like that one, too,” Kinsey added.

And folk, you already know what? The favored 1977 single “Mr. Blue Sky” received the vote and was all set to be the official Workplace theme tune. Till…

The Workplace theme tune that nearly was however finally wasn’t

As we stated, “Mr. Blue Sky” was IT. Nicely, nearly.

“Once we did a viewing celebration at my home of the pilot, Greg introduced over a DVD and our credit score sequence was ELO’s ‘Mr. Blue Sky.; I nonetheless have the DVD,” Fischer stated.

“We have been ready for our present to return out. We needed to wait some time. Whereas we have been ready, one other present got here out. It was known as LAX. It starred Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood. It was additionally on NBC,” she defined. “They used ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ as their theme tune… We could not use it. So Greg needed to change it. And that’s when Greg employed James Ferguson or as his pals name him, Jay, to jot down our theme tune.”


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Ultimately, “Mr. Blue Sky” by no means made it into the present’s intro, however you may expertise an alternate actuality by which it did because of this fan edit.

Fischer defined that due to the combination up they did not find yourself recording the precise Workplace theme tune till every week earlier than the primary episode aired.

“Oh my gosh. They will need to have been sweating it,” Kinsey stated.

“They have been scrambling,” Fischer confirmed. “So Greg sort of talked about this on ‘Booze Cruise.’ He had a musician good friend, Bob Thiele, who went in together with his pals and so they recorded James’s composition. And after they recorded it, they fashioned a band. They known as themselves The Scrantones. After which that’s the band that seems in ‘Booze Cruise.’”

It sounds just like the theme tune search was a course of and a half, nevertheless it was all price it in the long run, as a result of Workplace followers received this positively good jam.

You should definitely take heed to the complete podcast episode for extra behind-the-scenes tales and theme tune tidbits. (Together with how John Krasinski shot the opening Scranton footage.) And take a look at our listing of 15 tales all superfans of The Workplace must learn.

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Originally posted 2021-06-27 16:23:10.