Billie Eilish sampled 'The Office' for a new single, and the creators of the show have responded to it.
'The Office' has been off the air for six years now but Billie Eilish is still a fan.
For her number one pop album and debut LP 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?', she samples the episode 'Threat Level Midnight' on the single 'My Strange Addiction.'
The episode follows the characters watching a movie they made themselves, from a script that they discovered five seasons earlier. It’s about a fictional secret agent named Michael Scarn, played by Michael Scott. The episode was a final wish from Steve Carell, who plays Michael and was about to leave the show after its seventh season.
Billie Eilish told MTV News:
“When we made the beat for ‘my strange addiction,’ it reminded me of the song they play when they do the Scarn dance. I thought that was really funny, so we literally just ripped the audio from Netflix and put it in the song, not at all thinking that they would say yes to it and we’d be able to put it out. Also, it’s about strange addictions, and 'The Office' is mine, so…”
B.J. Novak, who is the show's writer and executive producer, and played Ryan Howard on the series, told Rolling Stone:
"They had to get approval of all the cast that was on it. I was fine with it regardless, but I was like 'Wow, bonus: This is a banger.'
"One of the funnier meta jokes is that, in Michael Scott’s delusion, of course this would become sampled on a Number One album and done at touchdown end zone dances. You know in Michael Scott’s delusional fantasy this would happen, and in a way it did in the real world."
Meanwhile, Daniel Chun, co-executive producer of Season 7, said:
"Until you told me about her, I didn’t know who she was. It’s not a knock on Billie Eilish, it’s more a commentary on how old I am. It was a real double whammy, learning someone’s existence and then learning that they used [the episode]. I looked at the song and I loved it. It’s great."
Eve Nelson, 'The Office's song producer and writer of the music for 'Threat Level Midnight', was delighted:
"Can’t say enough about that girl. She is, to me, one of the finest young artists of today. She takes risks. She’s herself. She marches to her own drummer. I love what she did with that, I thought it was brilliant. I could hear that she got slightly inspired by the beat, I respect and admire her so much. I’m honored that I have anything to do with inspiring Billie Eilish."