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Steely_danSpeaking of Duprees...

While we're pretty darn sure it's all a big joke, our favorite aging hipsters Steely Dan posted a letter to actor Luke Wilson about how his older brother Owen Wilson's most recent frat-caliber film "You, Me, and Dupree" rips off their excellent Dupree-ee song, "Cousin Dupree."

"What we suspect may have happened is this: some hack writer or producer or whatever they call themselves in Malibu or Los Feliz apparently heard our Grammy winning song "Cousin Dupree" on the radio and though, hey, man, this is a cool idea for a character in a movie or something... Nevertheless, they, like, took our character, this real dog sleeping on the couch and all and put him  in the middle of some hokey "Down and Out in iBeverly Hills" ripoff story and then, when it came time to change the character's name or whatever so people wouldn't know what a rip the whole thing was, THEY DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER TO THINK UP A NEW F*CKING NAME FOR THE GUY!"

So while the letter continues to be (hopefully) intentionally poorly-worded and grammatically meandering, the power duo arrive at requesting that Luke tell Owen to apologize to them onstage. And then indirectly threaten Owen's being.

While Steely Dan is never low on humor, pranks and snarkiness, we enjoy one particularly stunningly funny quip about the whole get-up: they write it to Luke, to pass on to Owen.

Oh, and they're touring with Michael McDonald -- also funny.

You can read the lyrics to "Cousin Dupree" here, and quietly judge for yourself.

July 24, 2006 | Permalink


thats alright , we know who the real cousin is!!! STEELY DAN ROCKS!!!!

Posted by: BILL ALTMAN | Jul 26, 2006 5:30:02 PM

Hmm, encouraged self-censure...
I also found there to be quite an interesting similarity to the name of the same Steely Dan song when I heard the name of that movie coming out. Maybe Mr. Fagan and Mr. Becker (band members of Steely Dan) could consult their attorneys?

Moreover, I find it (possibly) somewhat ironic to find that you, as some kind of (presumed) representative of the music industry apparently fail to side with one of the most quality rock-oriented acts ever to emerge from American music, as validated (though quality needs no validation from clap-trap mainstream media rags) through the receipt of a Grammy award for Album of the Year ('Two Against Nature').

Music fans I say unto you, you can help dictate the direction of music by making the decision: quality and artistic integrity, or pop-crap, you make the call.

Thank you for the opportunity to let me post my response, and I will be checking back to see if you actually keep this post here.


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