21 July 2023

21 July 2023 - Billie Eilish - my strange addiction

My Strange Addiction is an American documentary television series that premiered on TLC on..... no, wait.  I mean, that's true, but that's not what this blog is about.

Let's, instead, talk about Billie Eilish's strange addiction..... The Office.  Not that this song is about that - it's probably more tightly tied to the TLC show and perhaps a romantic addiction.  However, this song opens with a sample of Season 7, Episode 17 of The Office, titled "Threat Level Midnight" and contains other sample throughout.  It is a must-see episode that was requested as a going-away gift for Steve Carell.

The song was written and produced by Finneas O'Connell, Billie Eilish's brother.  They are frequent collaborators, and this song might be their high water mark.  It was a mid-level hit - peaking at #43 on the US charts and a top 10 hit elsewhere.  

By the way, their mom, Maggie Baird, once had a voice role on The Office.  Season 4, Episode 18, "Goodbye, Toby (part 1)".  She's the one on the phone with Phyllis when she's asking about an anti-gravity machine.

This isn't an official video for the song.  No such video exists.   However, Billie Eilish has fans, and they made a pretty good video that includes a lot of The Office clips, too.  

This is a song she clearly loves performing live - and the crowd, who knows all the words, love it, too.

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