Dupree, Don't Lose That Number
July 22, 2006 5:00 PM   Subscribe

Steely Dan vs. the Wilson Brothers It's all about Dupree and Dupree, and is a great example of what bored rock stars do when they're too old to trash the hotel room. (Or, the Bird Flu of Viral Promotion - you decide.)
posted by wendell (28 comments total)
Much respect to Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, but methinks they took a few too many drugs in the 70s. On the other hand, they couldn't have selected a much more deserving target.
posted by blucevalo at 5:04 PM on July 22, 2006

i can't wait until bobbie gentry goes after robby benson. it's overdue!
posted by Hat Maui at 5:20 PM on July 22, 2006

I can't tell if they're joking or not. Not with regards to being upset, but with the kooky hippie language they use throughout the piece.
posted by jonson at 5:30 PM on July 22, 2006

I would love to hear Owen Wilson read that letter aloud. It sounds like one of his characters wrote it.
posted by Frank Grimes at 5:31 PM on July 22, 2006

posted by wfc123 at 5:36 PM on July 22, 2006

This sounds like a great promotional bit for everyone involved. Letterman would lap this stuff up if they all showed up and hung out one night. And how cool would that be for the Wilson brothers, hanging out with Steely Dan - friggin awesome.
posted by jmgorman at 5:37 PM on July 22, 2006

I thought this was about Dupree's Diamond Blues.
posted by fixedgear at 5:46 PM on July 22, 2006

I blame Yacht Rock.
posted by joe lisboa at 5:49 PM on July 22, 2006

My folks live in Corpus Christi. I can understand how being stuck there might drive someone to do something like this.
posted by hwestiii at 5:57 PM on July 22, 2006

I want to know what kind of hotel has paper that long, and how Steely Dan printed Courier New on it -- with ClearType antialiasing.
posted by neustile at 6:11 PM on July 22, 2006

The Wilsons should tread lightly; the Dans are tight with Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and he has access to mad gats.
posted by jtron at 6:16 PM on July 22, 2006

neustile: not to mention the random occurences of two spaces where there should be one.

This was enjoyable, I imagine the outdated hippy language is tongue-in-cheek self-semi-mocking.
posted by blacklite at 7:09 PM on July 22, 2006

nice post
posted by dydecker at 7:37 PM on July 22, 2006

they took a few too many drugs in the 70s.
I thought that was quite obvious even before the 70s ended.

I want to know what kind of hotel has paper that long, and how Steely Dan printed Courier New on it -- with ClearType antialiasing.
Fake document? Are you suggesting this could be the beginning of Steely Dan Rather-Gate?

Follow Up: The July 19th Dan concert came and went without Wilson showing up to apologize... Maybe he was scared off by co-headliner Michael McDonald. I know I would be.
posted by wendell at 8:57 PM on July 22, 2006

Luke Wilson will never top his performances in such classics as Bongwater and Kill the Man.

The best part of the letter was the post post script. It was like a surprise ending.
posted by euphorb at 11:37 PM on July 22, 2006

It's "Reelin' in the Years"?
I always thought it was "Reelin' in the Eaves".

Which made no sense, but I just figured it was some wierd "This lyric is too obscure a reference for you to figure out" type 70's thing.

Thanks, like, Don and Walt, for like, totally clearin' that up, man.
posted by madajb at 2:09 AM on July 23, 2006

Is there a Steely Dan song that isn't about borderline pedophilia?
posted by fleacircus at 3:32 AM on July 23, 2006

This is the best Steely Dan joke I've seen since their online reunion tour diary: "Use an accordion, go to jail."
posted by mykescipark at 4:56 AM on July 23, 2006

Using the hotel stationary heading was a good move, as was using a typewriter kind of font. Concerning the "outdated hippy language", you gotta admit, "petite solid" is pretty great. That must be an LA thing...

Ah, those two, they're so clever, eh?

The whole thing is, of course, pretty stupid, but I think they know that too. These guys were utterly jaded from the very start. That was a big part of their appeal.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:36 AM on July 23, 2006

Well, there doesn't appear to be a Residential Suites at Longworth referenced anywhere on the web other than here. I have trouble believing that the Steely Dan guys actually wrote this. It feels much more likely to me that it was created and put online by someone else and that they found it funny enough to put on their site.

Either way, it's pretty damn amusing ("petite solid"?!), and I like the idea that these two are willing to be so self-mocking.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 9:47 AM on July 23, 2006

I loved 'extremely retrograde reality matrix'.
posted by wilberforce at 10:47 AM on July 23, 2006

Awesome. I always thought of Cousin Dupree when I saw the trailers. It's one of the reasons I wanted to see the movie, but I guess it sucks.

(I've also heard from a friend who had some business dealings with him that Owen Wilson is a prick of the "I'm a movie star, comp me" variety. I guess that isn't really a surprise.)
posted by OmieWise at 12:34 PM on July 23, 2006

I believe he just got the Goodbye Look.
posted by baylink at 7:02 PM on July 23, 2006

Baylink: That's a Fagen solo joint. Just sayin'.
posted by tomharpel at 10:24 PM on July 23, 2006

posted by damehex at 12:30 PM on July 25, 2006

Actor responds. Now that's funny. PS: I love Steely Dan
posted by spock at 6:10 AM on July 29, 2006

Owen Wilson has denied any connection between his new movie, "You, Me and Dupree," and '70s supergroup Steely Dan, a spokesman for the actor said Friday.

The band recently posted a letter on their Web site claiming that Wilson's Dupree character was based on their Grammy-winning song, "Cousin Dupree," about a couch-hopping houseguest.

In a statement released by his spokeswoman, Ina Treciokas, Wilson said: "I have never heard the song `Cousin Dupree' and I don't even know who this gentleman, Mr. Steely Dan, is. I hope this helps to clear things up and I can get back to concentrating on my new movie, `HEY 19.'"

posted by wfc123

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posted by ?! at 8:39 PM on July 29, 2006

More inane ramblings from Steely Dan:

Steely Dan to Wes Anderson.
posted by jchgf at 10:53 PM on August 15, 2006

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