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Discussion in 'Music' started by Danny Tse, Jul 23, 2006.
Not kidding....just read on
Steely Dan's open letter to Luke Wilson
that is very funny - will have to search around for more info on this one
Ahh - OK
"The most clever aspect of You, Me and Dupree is its rhyming title...after that, it's one long, steep decline into suffering."
-- Nick Schager, SLANT MAGAZINE
Donald & Walter are definitely P-I-S-S-E-D O-F-F.
The lyrics to Steely Dan's "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
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
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
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
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?
One night we're playin' gin by a cracklin' fire
And I decided to 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?
Do you really think so? The whole thing sounded awfully tongue in cheek to me...
I don't know, or care for that matter, but that didn't sound like a letter Fagen or Becker would write. Anyway, it does give me yet another opportunity to to praise the Two Against Nature concert dvd. If you're any kind of Steely Dan fan you must get this one.
Well, now that I've had time to think about it AND knowing that duo has exhibited some pretty quirky humor during interviews, now I'm thinking it *is* a tongue in cheek thing. Though I wonder what prompted them to do this....boredom? Free publicity?
That letter if frickin' hilarious!
That's hilarious, especially since I'll be seeing them Friday at the White River Amphitheater. Maybe I'll shout: "OWEN! OWEN! OWEN!" to see their reaction...
"Dupree!" would probably get more of a reaction. Let me know what happens - I'll see them on the 13th, so maybe I'll pester them too!
Heh. I was hoping the letter would mention the irony of their both having come to Hollywood at the same time with Luke having been more serious about acting.
I saw the Irvine show (and also the Vegas show at the Aladdin), and to my surprise, Luke didn't show up! I have to believe the letter is tongue-in-cheek. It's the Dan, for heaven's sake, not Metallica. I don't think the fellas give a crap about it, though with them, of course, it's tough to know what they really meant.
Great shows, by the way. Dan fans will love it!
Owen Wilson responded through his spokewoman.....
The whole story
I'm pretty sure Fagen and Becker are capable of being pissed and tongue-in-cheek at the same time.
Funny thing is, at the concert last night, Steely Dan didn't play anything from Two Against Nature!
Great response from Owen. The sad thing is that the story in no way connotes the tongue in cheek nature of the whole escapade. Many people could read that story and not see any of the jokes...
I guess I'm not surprised - while the dvd-audio version sounded great with a good 5.1 mix, for me the music didn't cut it & I eventually sold the disc.
BTW Jordan, looking at your avatar reminds me of this MST3K episode: Boogy Creek II: And the Legend Continues
Didn't Steely Dan write an open letter to someone last year too?
Wow. Two Against Nature is, to me, clearly one of the three or four best Steely Dan albums. It's no Aja, but then again nothing is...
Definately tongue in cheek. They used a letterhead for the "Residential Suites at Longworth" in Corpus Christi. I live in CC and as far as I know it doesn't exist.
The other letter was to Wes Anderson http://www.steelydan.com/heywes.html