What was the story behind the "A Little Bit Alexis" song from Schitt's Creek? The "A Little Bit Alexis" song was performed by Alexis Rose in the sitcom's fifth season. Schitt's Creek is set to return for season 6 in 2020.
Schitt's Creek focuses on the Rose family after they lost their fortune and are forced to move to the titular town. The transition was tough, especially for the socialite Alexis (Annie Murphy). The daughter of Johnny (Eugene Levy) and Moira (Catherine O'Hara), and sister of David (Daniel Levy), never hesitates when it comes to reminiscing over her old lifestyle. Despite missing her old life, Alexis continues to surprise all around her as she builds toward a new life by forging her own path. She might not be a minor celebrity any longer but that doesn't stop her from using her past experiences as a way to get ahead.
In the Schitt's Creek season 5 episode, "The Hospies", Jocelyn (Jenn Robertson) and Moira were tasked with casting the final lead role in their town's production of Cabaret. Since Alexis was already doing publicity for the show, she thought she should throw her hat in the ring. As part of her audition, Alexis performed the theme song "A Little Bit Alexis" from her short-lived reality show. The hilarious dance-pop track inspired by the early 2000s was accompanied by some wild choreography. The Schitt's Creek Twitter account eventually released the track, which was recorded by Murphy for the show.
"A Little Bit Alexis" perfectly encapsulated Alexis' character on Schitt's Creek. It detailed her past life of extravagance and jet-setting adventures with her high-profile friends. The chorus alone, "Hide your diamonds / Hide your exes / I'm a little bit Alexis," was enough to have audiences roaring in laughter. There's even a hidden "Ew, David" line in the song, which happens to be Alexis' iconic phrase from the show.
So how exactly did the song come about? When co-star and series co-creator Daniel Levy wrote the episode, he intended for Alexis to perform an original song. He gave Murphy the chance to write it herself so she took him up on the offer. The actress actually got help from her husband's band, Hollerado, to write the lyrics and create the pop tune. This is what Murphy had to say about the process in an interview with Billboard:
"We really wanted to slowly drive people insane while forcing them to dance. So we just tried to saturate the song with as much pop-y, trippy stuff as possible. I had such a blast writing these lyrics. Britney was pretty heavy on my brain. We went through all of Paris Hilton's stuff and Lindsay Lohan's stuff. We wanted it to be spoofy, but we also very selfishly wanted to write a banger -- an early-2000s banger that people would actually like. "
In the end, "A Little Bit Alexis" didn't help Alexis win the role in Cabaret, but the song was an absolute hit with viewers. After the episode aired and the song was officially released to the public, "A Little Bit Alexis" rose to #7 on the iTunes charts. Viewers couldn't get enough of the song and continue to ask for Murphy to film an official music video for the song. Here's hoping that Alexis gets one more performance in Schitt's Creek season 6, which will also mark the end of the series.