Because Songs Matter


Ten years ago today, The Big Lebowski, one of the best comedies ever made, was released in theaters. Despite an all-star cast and generally good reviews, it was a a box office disappointment, grossing a mere 17 million dollars- just barely covering it’s 15 million dollar budget.

Not too long after it left theaters came the DVD release, which is how I saw it for the first time.

I woke up at a buddy’s house after a night out on the town and we were sitting in his living room, playing video games, when he mentioned The Big Lebowski. I gave him a blank stare and he demanded we watch it on the spot. I suspect there are a great number of similar stories out there. Since the movie’s DVD release, Lebowski devotees have spawned ‘Lebowski Fests‘ in Louisville (and other cities), and has been labeled the first cult classic of the internet era.

For you young’uns who don’t know, you need to see this movie. The Big Lebowski is a lot like the Beastie Boys, in the sense that you should harbor a certain amount of distrust for anyone who doesn’t like it. To quote a basic plot synopsis from Wiki:

“The film chronicles a few days in the life of Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), a burned-out, unemployed California slacker, after he is mistaken for a millionaire with the same name. While not directly based on Raymond Chandler’s novel The Big Sleep, Joel Coen has said that “[we] wanted to do a Chandler kind of story – how it moves episodically, and deals with the characters trying to unravel a mystery. As well as having a hopelessly complex plot that’s ultimately unimportant.”

It’s all in the dialog with this one. It has better quotes than Napoleon Dynamite, with quirkier characters to boot.

So how am I gonna acknowledge this day? I’m glad you asked. The wife and I are gonna get Chinese takeout, put on our rattiest robes, throw in the DVD, drink white russians and recite lines from the flick. I suggest you do the same. Here’s some song selections from the movie soundtrack:

Kenny Rogers - Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)     

Bob Dylan - The Man In Me     

Gipsy Kings - Hotel California     

Townes Van Zandt - Dead Flowers     

Elvis Costello - My Mood Swings     

Here is the original trailer for the movie (is it any wonder the movie didn’t draw well?):


  1. March 6, 2008    


  2. March 6, 2008    

    Nihilists! Fuck me.

  3. jason jason
    March 6, 2008    

    the dude abides.

  4. mm mm
    March 6, 2008    

    thanks for posting the soundtrack bits. my dog is named the dude because he’s a lazy shiftless fuck. i keep screaming at him “the bums will always lose!”, he just pees on the rug.

  5. Marty Marty
    March 6, 2008    

    The Shawn Colvin mp3 link doesn’t work. Is it a ringer? Are you out of your element??

  6. March 6, 2008    

    That Shawn Colvin link (that is not referenced at all in this post) is from last May. Songs are only available for 30 days.

  7. Marty Marty
    March 6, 2008    

    In Fact, mark it zero. None of the Viva Las Vegas links work. Are you stonewalling?

  8. Marty Marty
    March 6, 2008    

    Thanks for the info autopsy.

  9. elston elston
    March 7, 2008    

    My brother recommended this movie to me and we NEVER agree, so I started it expecting to boot it out of the DVD in a few minutes.

    It is now the one (1) movie we agree on….one of the ten best movies ever made.

  10. Brandon Brandon
    March 7, 2008    

    Ah I seen Mr.4 also has a taste in not only good music but fine films also… Seriously though I bet I watch this movie at least 3 or 4 times a month…Greatest damn comedy ever made!

    You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don’t wanna know about it, believe me.

    Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o’clock this afternoon… with nail polish. These fucking amateurs…

  11. Millie Millie
    March 7, 2008    

    “8 year olds dude”

  12. Flyingpillar Flyingpillar
    March 8, 2008    

    Best dialogue of any movie I’ve seen in the last 10 years, except for Pulp Fiction.

    These great dialogues could shoot it out with each other!

  13. March 8, 2008    

    I’m attending the first italian Lebowski Fest next Shabbas… I linked to this post here:

  14. March 8, 2008    

    This is one of my all time favorite movies. It’s good to know other agree. A Lebowski DVD is my default xmas gift to people when I’m not sure what to get.

  15. Jeff Jeff
    March 8, 2008    

    Don’t fuck with the Jesus man.

  16. Chris Chris
    March 11, 2008    

    Do you see what happens?

  17. St Pete Austin St Pete Austin
    March 12, 2008    

    The Beach Theatre on St Pete Beach shows it now and then, they also sever white russians when they do.

  18. March 12, 2008    

    sad as it is to say…I have never been to the Beach Theater.

  19. March 14, 2008    

    The best movie EVER.. Thanks for this page.. had a cat I named “the dude”..

  20. jeffort23 jeffort23
    June 4, 2008    

    Why didn’t you post any Eagles, man?

  21. Michael D Michael D
    April 26, 2009    

    that’s just like your opinion man….mind if I do a J

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