STEELY DAN ACCUSES OWEN WILSON OF PLAGIARISM
I scratched my head for three reasons:
1. I didn't know Steely Dan was still around.
2. I couldn't imagine what Owen Wilson could steal from them.
3. My scalp is just itchy. Perhaps I need to try a new shampoo.
Here is the whole story:
Owen Wilson stars in and possibly produces the new film You, Me and Dupree. I say possibly since I am too lazy to check the IMDB, but I am pretty sure I saw his name more than twice.
I would like to state for the record that I often feel like I am in a hypnotic trance when I watch Owen Wilson. I think his nose some unearthly powers.
The film tells the story of a married couple (Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson) who have an unwelcome house guest. The guest is a lovable loser with a bizarre hypnotic nose (Owen Wilson.)
Steely Dan claims the concept of the film is a rip off their song, "Cousin Dupree."
Rather than sue, Steely Dan chose to pen a letter- to Owen's actor brother Luke Wilson.
The letter reads (in part):
They write: "Your brother has gotten himself mixed up with some pretty bad Hollywood schlockmeisters."
They then go on to say:
"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..."
They offer to settle the entire matter by having Owen come to their concert and make a public apology. They even offer to give him a bunch of free T-Shirts and key chains.
On the negative side, they threaten to have one of their buddies beat Owen if he doesn't show.
The entire, expletive laden, open letter can be seen here.
It seems from the tone of the letter that they are joking... or that they're crazy. I am not really that familiar with them to be able to tell.
I can take a stab at analyzing the 2001 song "Cousin Dupree."
Well I've kicked around a lot since high school
I've worked a lot of nowhere gigs
From keyboard man in a rock'n ska band
To haulin' boss crude in the big rigs
Boss Crude? Wasn't that the villain in the Sewer Shark Sega CD game?
Now I've come back home to plan my next move
From the comfort of my Aunt Faye's couch
When I see my little cousin Janine walk in
All I could say was ow ow ouch
I know, at first it sounds like something vaguely sexual, but I hear that cousin Janine had Endometriosis, which is a very painful disease. Believe me, you would say ow ow ouch if you saw her.
Honey how you've grown
Like a rose
Well we used to play
When we were three
How about a kiss for your cousin Dupree
Ooops, never mind. Dupree is a pervert.
She turned my life into a living hell
In those little tops and tight capris
I pretended to be readin' the National Probe
As I was watchin' her wax her skis
The National Probe? That's gotta be as painful as Endometriosis! Maybe I should move to Canada.
On Saturday night she walked in with her date
And backs him up against the wall
I tumbled off the couch and heard myself sing
In a voice I never knew I had before
I'll teach you everything I know
If you teach me how to do that dance
Life is short and quid pro quo
And what's so strange about a down-home family romance?
Wait, now I remember, Quid Pro Quo was the villain in Sewer Shark! God I loved that game.
One night we're playin' gin by a cracklin' fire
And I figured I'd make my play
I said babe with my boyish charm and good looks
How can you stand it for one more day
She said maybe its the skeevy look in your eyes
Or that your mind has turned to applesauce
The dreary architecture of your soul
I said - but what is it exactly turns you off?
If only he had hypnotized her with his nose, Steely Dan would have had a better case.