February 20, 2014 9:16

Beck reveals he turned down the chance to record 'Mad Men' theme

US musician was approached by executives behind award winning show

Beck reveals he turned down the chance to record 'Mad Men' theme

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Beck has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to record the theme tune to hit US TV series Mad Men.

The singer-songwriter, who releases new album 'Morning Phase' next week (February 24), revealed in a new interview with Billboard that he was offered the chance to make music for the US TV series but that he did not think it sounded like a good show. The job was instead taken by RJD2, whose song 'A Beautiful Mine' is synonymous with the animated opening credits.

Speaking about his missed opportunity, Beck said: "My instinct has definitely gone awry; I could give you many examples." Explaining the Mad Men story, he explains why he was reticent to get involved. "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!"

'Morning Phase' is Beck's first album in six years, coming after 'Modern Guilt' in 2008. The album is described as being a "companion piece" to the largely acoustic 'Sea Change', released in 2002, and will include a number of guest stars. Confirmed names set to appear on 'Morning Phase' include Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr and Jason Falkner.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that Beck will headline Bestival 2014. He will perform in the Big Top on the Thursday night of the event, on September 4. Foals and OutKast are the festival's two other confirmed headliners.

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