In this week’s episode of “How It Went Down,” Billie Eilish explains how an episode of Sherlock inspired her song “You Should See Me In A Crown” and why her goal when making the track was to freak everybody out.
Eilish tells Billboard that she and her brother/collaborator Finneas O'Connell were obsessed with the television show Sherlock, and that in one episode, the character Jim Moriarty (who she describes as “psychologically horrible, but in the most genius way”) steals the crown jewel. He then says to Sherlock, “Honey, you should see me in a crown." They thought that line was “dope,” so they turned it into a song.
The 16-year-old singer reveals that the opening sound on the track came about after she heard her father sharpening knives in the kitchen. They loved how it sounded, so they went in and asked him to make the sound again as they recorded it.