Cousin Dupree

"Cousin Dupree" is the first single from Steely Dan's 2000 album Two Against Nature. The song describes the desire a young man (Dupree) has for his attractive cousin. In 2001, the song won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

"Cousin Dupree"
Single by Steely Dan
from the album Two Against Nature
Songwriter(s)Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Producer(s)Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Steely Dan singles chronology
"Time Out of Mind"
"Cousin Dupree"
"What a Shame About Me"

In July 2006, Steely Dan posted a humorous letter on their website, saying that the title of Owen Wilson's film You, Me, and Dupree, is stolen from their song.[1] The film is about a house guest who overstays his welcome; the song's title character is a slacker who is sleeping on his aunt's couch. Owen Wilson defended himself in similarly deadpan comic fashion, stating "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.'"[2]


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  1. ^ Becker and Fagen. Open Letter to the Great Comic Actor, Luke Wilson Archived 2013-10-26 at the Wayback Machine (July 17, 2006). Accessed October 3, 2006.
  2. ^ AP Owen Wilson Says 'Dupree' Is No Rip-Off (July 28, 2006). Accessed October 3, 2006