‘Schitt’s Creek’: How Annie Murphy Channeled Britney Spears and Paris Hilton for ‘A Little Bit Alexis’ Banger


For the sequence’ fifth season, the actress wrote and recorded an insanely catchy early 2000s-style dance-pop observe

Fans of Schitt's Creek — the acclaimed sitcom a few rich household that loses all the things and begins over within the titular backwoods city — are used to ex-socialite daughter Alexis Rose (performed by Annie Murphy) teasing wild tales from her once-extravagant life.

But the most recent episode of the sequence, now in its fifth season, featured a revelation that may prime all of them: When Alexis was a youthful, she not solely had a actuality present, she additionally recorded its theme music: "A Little Bit Alexis," an early 2000s-inspired dance-pop observe that's now accessible on iTunes and streaming companies. 

"I had such a blast writing these lyrics," Murphy tells Billboard. "We went via all of Paris Hilton's stuff and Lindsay Lohan's stuff. We wished it to be spoofy, however we additionally very selfishly wished to jot down a banger." Britney Spears was one other inspiration, each for the choreography Alexis dusts off as she auditions for the city musical and for the lyrics, delivered with an acceptable quantity of Auto-Tune: “I'm a hieroglyphic/ I'm an open e book/ I'm just a little bit cray-cray/ If you steal my look."

Dan Levy, the co-creator of the present (who additionally performs Alexis' brother, David), tells Billboard over e-mail that Alexis’ short-lived profession as a reality-show celeb was “one of many first character notes” he had for her. While engaged on the episode, Levy says, "I instantly thought again to that actuality present and puzzled, ‘What if it had a theme music?’” 

Below, Murphy tells Billboard how the music got here collectively, channelling her interior Britney Spears on set and the tweets she's getting from followers.

What impressed you to take this on?

When we had the table-read for the episode, it mainly simply mentioned, "Alexis performs 'A Little Bit Alexis,'" and after we learn that script, I instantly ran to Dan and begged him to take a shot at writing it. He very graciously form of patted me on the pinnacle and was like, "Okay, give it a shot."

What was the artistic course of like after that?

My husband [Menno Versteeg] is in a band referred to as Hollerado, and I took it to him and our different buddy [Nixon Boyd] who's a producer and within the band with my husband. We simply hunkered down for a few days in Nixon's studio and this unusual factor was birthed. [Laughs] We actually wished to slowly drive folks insane whereas forcing them to bop. So we simply tried to saturate the music with as a lot pop-y, trippy stuff as attainable. I had such a blast writing these lyrics. Britney was fairly heavy on my mind. We went via all of Paris Hilton's stuff and Lindsay Lohan's stuff. We wished it to be spoofy, however we additionally very selfishly wished to jot down a banger — an early-2000s banger that folks would really like.

Was it tough to jot down in any respect? Have you written any songs previous to this?

I wrote a lot of the lyrics, however then when it got here to really making the music and doing the technical aspect of issues — I do know completely nothing about that. So [Menno and Nixon] have been my quick access. They actually know what they're doing, they usually're two of my greatest buds, so it simply made sense to go to them for assist. I did an internet sequence years in the past the place I helped write a form of a spoof referred to as "Young Love." But no, that is positively not normally in my wheelhouse. There was little or no strain, as a result of if I did a horrible job, I might simply be like, "What, I'm not a musician, I don't know why you let me do that!" [Laughs]

How lengthy did it take to make it?

We acquired the naked bones of it performed in a day, after which I went in for an additional day and re-recorded the lyrics and simply polished all the things. Then it took Nixon per week and a bit to combine all the things and actually put the entire bells and whistles on it. So I didn't work that arduous on it in any respect. [Laughs]

In the lyrics, you included Alexis’ iconic catchphrase: "Ew, David!" Did you recognize from the start that you simply wished to do this?

No, and really that was the second day I went in — there was that build-up [in the song], and I used to be standing within the vocal sales space like, "Oh, man we want one thing." And then, rapidly, I don't bear in mind if it was Nixon or Menno, however somebody was like, "Is it too on-the-nose for an 'Ew, David'?" And I'm like, "That's clearly precisely what we wanted there!" It simply rounds the music out in a really annoying, excellent method.

The scene the place Alexis performs it’s so humorous — what was it like filming it?

I wished to do my very own choreography, and actually I’ve at hand it to Dan for trusting me with this. And this isn’t giving Britney the compliments she deserves, however I did attempt to borrow just a little bit from her once I stumbled via that choreography as Alexis. A bit of little bit of "I'm a Slave four U," just a little little bit of "Work Bitch." On set, nobody had seen the choreography earlier than, and I believe solely Dan and the director had really heard the music. So I used to be actually performing it for everybody for the primary time. There have been some actual loud cackles occurring, so I used to be inspired by that. You should shoot from completely different angles on a regular basis, so I ended up doing it like eight or ten instances in entrance of everyone. I actually might've performed all of it day lengthy, it was such a enjoyable factor to shoot.

Do you suppose there shall be an accompanying video in any respect sooner or later?

I’d love nothing greater than that. But I believe it must have, like, a $20 million greenback price range, 'trigger we'd should shoot in any respect areas around the globe. We'd have to rent probably the most stunning, proficient dancers. We'd should get the craziest costumes — or simply arrange a green-screen and hack it out for $150 bucks. [Laughs] I believe that's positively the route we'd go.

Will Alexis debut extra music in Schitt's Creek future?

I don't know, that could be a Dan Levy query. But I’d not say no. I’d not flip down the chance to butcher one other music.

Fans of the present on Twitter are loving the music. How do you are feeling concerning the reactions thus far?

Loving it! In Canada folks have been tweeting at me this morning like, "I hate you a lot, I wakened with this in my head, and I do know it's gonna be in my head all day." People have added it to their exercise playlists. The tweets hold rolling in, so I'm thrilled that it has gone over properly thus far. I hope folks keep on the aspect of sanity, as a result of as soon as it will get into your head, it doesn't wanna go.

How do you are feeling concerning the music getting launched on streaming companies?

It feels unusual, 'trigger it makes it a lot extra professional-feeling. And as I mentioned, I’m no musician, however I'm nonetheless glad that it's on the market. And I simply have a dream someday of dancing in Ibiza to "A Little Bit Alexis." That's my long-term purpose. I gotta get Calvin Harris on this or Diplo or deadmau5. Any and all of these proficient individuals are free to have their method with this music.

You did joke on Twitter that you simply wrote this for Alexis Bledel in 2005.

[Laughs] That was a tweet from Rupinder Gill, who's one of many writers on the present. But Alexis Bledel can also be greater than welcome to have her method with this music if she so chooses. It's open — it's honest sport for anybody who needs to take a stab at it.