Updated on Dec 18, 2019. Posted on Dec 17, 2019

    Billie Eilish And Finneas Revealed Some Details You Probably Didn't Notice In "Bad Guy" And My Mind Is Blown

    There were 34 different versions of "duh".

    You've definitely heard Billie Eilish's song "Bad Guy".

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    The song spent nine weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 before eventually surpassing Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road", making Billie the first artist born this millennium to reach No. 1 on the chart.

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    Well, in a new video with Rolling Stone, Billie and her brother (and cowriter and producer) Finneas revealed some behind-the-scenes secrets from the making of the song, and it's safe to say my mind is completely blown.

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    Firstly, Billie explained that the song isn't supposed to be taken seriously, but rather it's a response to the kind of person who acts "all types of fake" and tries to convince people that they're something they're not.

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    "You're a tough guy. You've got to tell everyone that you're tough," Billie explained. "OK, if you're gonna be that, then I'm gonna be all types of fake too. Great. I'm the bad type, the make-your-mama-sad type, the make-your-girlfriend-mad type, might-seduce-your-dad type. I'm not that. But if you can be fake with everyone, and try to prove that you're something that you're not, then I can do it too."

    They also said a lot of moments in the song were just recorded by chance — for example, the sound before the breakdown is Billie laughing at something Finneas said while they were recording.

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    And the beginning of the hook comes from a voice note Billie recorded of a crosswalk beeping while she was on a walk with her mom in Australia.

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    Meanwhile, the recording of Billie taking out her Invisalign — which is the first track on the album — was originally supposed to exist as the opening 14 seconds of "Bad Guy".

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    "We initially just put it in the start of the song, and then Billie had the very smart idea of it not being at the beginning of the song so that people didn't have to listen to that every time," Finneas explained.

    Believe it or not, Billie and Finneas were actually worried that no one would like the fact that the song doesn't ~technically~ have a chorus, but rather a series of notes that Billie describes as "literally Plants vs. Zombies".

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    And the "duh" — which, let's face it, has pretty much become iconic — was just added because Billie didn't want the song to be taken too seriously.

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    Oh, and there are 33 other versions of "duh" just floating around on Finneas's computer because they didn't make the final cut.

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    Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to give "Bad Guy" a billion more Spotify streams.

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    You can watch the full breakdown of "Bad Guy" here:

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    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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