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Why Did Beck Say "No" to Mad Men?

American singer Beck seen leaving Chateau Marmont in West HollywoodIt’s hard to believe now that Mad Men is a long-running hit TV series, but Beck declined to write the theme song for the Emmy-winning show. In fact, he turned down multiple requests to write the intro music.

Why?

Beck wonders too. In fact, he seems to be questioning his own instincts. He describes his thought process in this Billboard interview, “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 recalls.

It’s easy to say this was a huge mistake with our 20/20 hindsight. But Beck didn’t like the pitch so he turned down the project.

Beck’s loss proved to be RJD2’s gain as he went on to write the song which accompanies the show’s iconic falling man animation during the opening credits.

It’s hard to imagine the show opening any other way, but I bet Beck could have nailed it.

At any rate, we haven’t heard from Beck since 2008. His new album Morning Phase, scheduled to drop February 25th, is eagerly anticipated. Listen to the new single, here.

Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

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