Musical palate cleanser, Lebowski edition

This week, we’re celebrating one of the more titanic efforts of American cinema’s twentieth anniversary.  It therefore seems appropriate to post what will likely be the only Kenny Rogers song you’ll ever hear at GTP.

What, you thought it would be the Eagles?  Sheesh.

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15 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, Lebowski edition

  1. Castleberry

    Did anyone ever take a bat to Greg’s Corvette?

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  2. Mary Kate Danaher

    From a Rolling Stone story on T Bone Burnett’s efforts to acquire the rights to songs for the Lebowski soundtrack:

    “A tougher get was Townes Van Zandt’s cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers,” which plays over Lebowski’s closing credits. “[Former Stones manager] Allen Klein owns the rights to it,” Burnett says. “He wanted $150,000.” Burnett begged Klein to just come down and watch an early cut of Lebowski. “It got to the part where the Dude says, ‘I hate the fuckin’ Eagles, man!’ Klein stands up and says, ‘That’s it, you can have the song!’ That was beautiful.” For the record, Burnett agrees with the Dude (“[The Eagles] sort of single-handedly destroyed that whole scene that was brewing back then,” he says), but the line infuriated Glenn Frey. “I ran into [Frey] and he gave me some shit,” Jeff Bridges says. “I can’t remember what he said exactly, but my anus tightened a bit.”

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  3. Dawg19

    This movie also contains the worst (and funniest) attempt at TV censorship ever:

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  4. scottrollins

    I remember when the Dawgs destroyed the orange in Knoxville the year that Sean Jones ran back the strip-ball fumble the length of the field to put us way ahead. Immediately after, the tennesee band played a tribute to Kenny Rogers, even spelling out his name on the field. The entire Georgia section I was sitting in laughed through that whole routine.

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  5. Saxondawg

    That video pulled the whole blog together. Then the Chinaman peed on it.

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  6. Thorn Dawg

    “Well, that’s like, your opinion, man.” This movie is definitely in my top ten.

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  7. Coach Bobby Finstock

    First weekend TBL was showing in theaters, I went to see it over at the Perimeter Pointe near Sandy Springs. My wife went to see US Marshals with a friend of hers.

    TBL ended first and as I waited in the lobby for my wife, the many one-liners just rattled around in my brain.

    8-year-olds, Dude.

    Got a beverage, here!

    No, you’re not wrong, Walter, you’re just an asshole!

    Her movie ended and she met me in the lobby. “Was it good?” she asked.

    I replied, “It’s probably only the best movie ever, and you’re going to watch it with me right now.”

    We watched it, and while my wife is the love of my life, my rock and all that mushy stuff, I have never been more disappointed in her.

    So for years she has talked about how it’s the most overrated movie ever. “The entire premise is that a grown man calls himself ‘the Dude!'” she’d say. And given that the plot is ultimately pointless (by the Coens’ own admission), maybe she was right.

    But she was also so, so wrong.

    So last week my 15-year-old wanted to watch it because he had heard that it’s awesome. My wife watched it with us, and changed her mind. She gets it, finally.

    I’m so happy.

    My favorite line this go-round was:

    Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, but at least it’s an ethos.

    Cracks me up.

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    • Stoopnagle

      It took me 2 viewings, too. Just like “Royal Tannenbaums”. And I love Coen Bros. and Wes Anderson.

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  8. ugafidelis

    I’ve never seen that movie.

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  9. pantslesspatdye

    I went to continuing education in Atlanta and was surrounded by about 60 Manager & up level engineers. It wasn’t techie, more soft skills and marketing. Started at 7 AM. The presenter singled me out asking me what was the best movie of all time out of the blue to setup one of his points; it might have been 7:05 AM. I paused for about 3 seconds coming up with the perfect answer. I couldn’t come up with Citizen Kane and I had already waited too long so I had to answer from the heart and dropped Big Lebowski. It was not meant to be a yes or no question. He simply and quickly replied no. He was wrong.

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