How Bob Thiele wrote the iconic Office theme song
Bob Thiele Jr. wrote the theme song for the American version of The Office in just two weeks. Is it stuck in your head right now?
Photo source: Billboard
We talked to the musician and music supervisor on Fueled by Death Cast, where we talked about creating music for the Sons of Anarchy, The Office, Mayans MC, and more.
In the clip below from Fueled By Death Cast, musician Bob Thiele Jr. recalls how he was asked to create the theme song for the American version of The Office.
This led to Bob putting together a group of talented musicians to create various themes and songs for the show and they became The Scrantones, the local garage band featured on The Office in iconic episodes like "Booze Cruise" in season 2.
Thiele Jr. also talks about how talented the cast was on the mic, and one day on set they kept recording as the actors and actresses took their turn singing with the band. This secret collection of songs sung by your favorite characters on The Office does exist, and PLEASE someone leak these musical gems to the world.
This secret recording includes actor Ed Helms (Andy on the show) singing a version of "Werewolves of Scranton" and "Loosen Up Your Buttons" by Malora Hardin (Jan on the show).
Here's what Thiele Jr. said about the recording:
"We just came in under the guise of we're a garage band in Scranton. We're essentially Scrantonicity. Actually, Brian Baumgartner did a version of 'I Can't Stand Losing You,' the Police song. What was really funny was that everybody could sing except for Brian. He was the only one who couldn't sing. I'm like, 'Oh my God. We've got to make this guy sing.' It was just a fantastic thing. Sadly, you guys will probably never hear because of NBC. NBC was like, 'Oh, we don't want this to come out.' I should just sneak it out there and see what happens."
Listen to our full interview with Bob Thiele Jr. here and watch the clip from the interview below.