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Beck turned down offer to write Mad Men theme song

on February 19, 2014, 5:52pm

Beck, Beck, Beck, Beck, Beck. Seems like he’s all we’re writing about this week, right? *cough, cough* Well, here’s one more story worth your time: he almost wrote the theme song to Mad Men. Yes, the glossy opening credits that kick off your favorite AMC program (depending on the season, and especially now that Breaking Bad is caput), might have been scored by Mr. Hansen.

As Stereogum points out, the man behind next week’s Morning Phase told Billboard that he turned down several offers to score the Jon Hamm-flavored drama. Here’s the excerpt from the new cover story:

I suggest that he obviously has confidence in his own instincts, but Beck quickly demurs, “My instinct has definitely gone awry; I could give you many examples.” He laughs and tells me about how, several years ago, he turned down repeated requests to write the theme song for a new cable TV series. “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!”

In related news, Ramble John Krohn, aka RJD2, applauds his decision. Anyways, don’t miss more existential exploits of Madison Ave.’s finest when Mad Men returns for the first half of its final season come April 13th. To get amped, revisit the very Beck-less opening credits below.

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