Steely Dan Accuse Wilson Of Plagiarism
Veteran rockers STEELY DAN have accused OWEN WILSON of plagiarising their song COUSIN DUPREE for his new comedy movie YOU, ME AND DUPREE. In a letter posted on their website and addressed to Wilson's brother LUKE, band members DONALD FAGEN and WALTER BECKER label Wilson's supposed rip-off of their 2001 Grammy-winning track as "uncool". They write: "Your brother has gotten himself mixed up with some pretty bad Hollywood schlockmeisters." Wilson plays slacker Dupree who becomes an unwelcome guest of his pal MATT DILLON and his wife KATE HUDSON - and Fagen and Becker draw parallels with their RANDOLPH DUPREE character, a travelling musician who "comes back home to plan (his) next move from the comfort of (his) Aunt Faye's couch". They continue: "When it came time to change the character's name so people wouldn't know what a rip the whole thing was, they didn't even bother to think up a new name for the guy."