Don’t Forget The Muffin Basket

Steely Dan called actor Owen Wilson out, in its own unique fashion, by addressing an open letter to his brother and fellow movie star, Luke.

In a note widely believed to be the work of famously wry Walter Becker, the classic rock duo posted the missive on Steely Dan’s official Web site. In it, the Butterscotch Stallion is challenged to make a personal appearance at the Dan’s Irvine, Calif., show and apologize for “stealing” the idea for his current flick, “You, Me and Dupree” from the band’s song, “Cousin Dupree.”

In exchange, Owen would receive some “groovy new tee’s and hoodies and maybe a keyring or a coffee mug in the process” and, perhaps more importantly, not receive a visit from a “Russian” friend of the band who looks like a “Navy Seal.”

Steely Dan’s tune is about a guy who’s had his share of McJobs and winds up on his Aunt Faye’s couch “to plan my next move.” During his convalescence, he gains a crush on his cousin Janine and makes a pass at her.

“You, Me and Dupree” is about a similar ne’er-do-well who crashes on his friend’s couch – but his friend is accommodating Dupree during the honeymoon phase of his marriage.

Owen, Luke is warned, “may be creating an extremely retrograde reality matrix for himself,” because “Instant karma is a fact, Jack.”

No word if Owen showed up to the Irvine show, but plenty of publicity was certainly had by all.