Rainn Wilson Reveals 3 Classic Tunes That Almost Became 'The Office' Theme Song

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Rainn Wilson poses during a signing of his new book "The Basson King: My Life In Art, Faith, And Idiocy" at Barnes & Noble Citigroup Center on Nov. 10, 2015 in New York City. 

The Office star Rainn Wilson reveals that single-cam sitcom's theme song wasn’t the first pick in his new memoir The Bassoon King: My Life In Art, Faith, And Idiocy. What they really wanted was Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky.” 

Wilson recounts, “There was an interesting process to decide on our theme song. Many songs were being considered seriously, including “Better Things” by the Kinks and “Float On” by Modest Mouse. Greg [Daniels] graciously sent out a list of songs and links to them as well for the cast to weigh in on. The one we all wanted most of all was 'Mr. Blue Sky”' by Electric Light Orchestra. It’s a sensational song and its jubilant, upbeat refrain would have fit perfectly over the drab video of the opening credits.”

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However, there was one key issue. “Then we found out another show, the doomed and dismally conceived LAX, used the song,” Wilson added.

“The theme we eventually ended up with was a beaut. Composed by former seventies rock/pop star Jay Ferguson, it was fun and catchy with just a hint of melancholy. It perfectly set the tone for the show. I’ve written pretend lyrics to it on many occasions. Perhaps I’ll sing them to you one day if you’re nice.”

Watch a video of Rainn Wilson introducing his memoir below.