The movie The Big Lebowski from 1998 portrays "The Dude" played by Jeff Bridges as an avid fan of the band Creedence Clearwater Revival.

There is a scene later in the movie where The Dude gets upset at a cab driver for listening to "Peaceful easy feeling" by The Eagles (here's a clip).

Dude: Jesus, man, could you change the channel?

Driver: F*#k you, man! If you don't like my music, get your own f**king cab!

Dude: I had a really....

Driver: I'll kick your ass out!

Dude: Man, come on. I had a rough night and I hate the f**kin' Eagles, man!

After this statement, the driver proceedes to physically remove The Dude from the cab.

The Dude obviously has a strong hatred for The Eagles since he would rather get in a physical altercation with a cab driver than to listen to one of their songs.

There has been speculation on why The Dude would hate the band, but no substantial evidence as to why he had such hatred.

Is there any evidence explaining why filmmakers chose to portray The Dude as hating The Eagles?


Out of universe, this is probably T Bone Burnett talking. From IMDb:

T Bone Burnett acted as music consultant for the movie, and helped Joel Coen and Ethan Coen establish the Dude's taste in music. Burnett selected many of the existing songs in the movie, and also suggested the Dude's hatred towards The Eagles (Burnett himself is not a fan either). One of the band's member, Glenn Frey, was reportedly so dismayed about this that he once even angrily confronted Jeff Bridges when they met at a party.

Says Burnett:

"[The Eagles] sort of single-handedly destroyed that whole scene that was brewing back then."

On a side note, the Dude's aversion to the Eagles also helped the team to secure a desired song, saving them as much as $150,000. From Wiki:

[Burnett] had a tough time securing the rights to Townes Van Zandt's cover of the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers", which plays over the film's closing credits. Former Stones manager Allen Klein owned the rights to the song and wanted $150,000 for it. Burnett convinced Klein to watch an early cut of the film and remembers, "It got to the part where the Dude says, 'I hate the f@$&in' Eagles, man!' Klein stands up and says, 'That's it, you can have the song!' That was beautiful."

It's possible a hardcore, counter-culture 60s hippie like the Dude would consider the Eagles sellouts. From The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time:

Even the choice of Creedence represents the more rebellious side of classic rock. [...] Creedence symbolizes the polar opposite of the band the Dude openly hates, the Eagles. In the mid-1990s, the Eagles became the first mainstream rock band to sell tickets for more than $100. If Creedence had a dash of antiwar insurgency, the Eagles were all Baby Boomer contentment, a feeling encapsulated in the song "Peaceful Easy Feeling". [...]

Eagles fans should forgive the Dude for reacting so harshly to [that song]. It was, after all, the Dude's perceived lackadaisical hippie way of life that Jeffrey Lebowski attempted to exploit, and the lazy-day vibe of the Eagles' "Peaceful Easy Feeling" [...] is hippiedom as filtered by Boomer nostalgia. By this time in the film, it's been made clear that there's far more to the Dude than any peace-and-love cliche.

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    I wonder if the usage of the Gipsy Kings cover of Hotel California in the bowling scene was then maybe even meant as yet another slap in the face for the Eagles. But this might as well depend on the Eagles' own attitude towards that version. – Napoleon Wilson Jan 24 '16 at 17:00
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    I always assumed the Spanish cover of the band the Dude hates is simply a fitting theme for the Dude's Cuban nemesis. – Walt Apr 10 '16 at 10:01

This is the easiest question in the world to answer - because music is one of the most subjective tastes in the world.

You literally don't have to know anything about a character to understand this - neither can you guarantee a preference based on any other bit of evidence. And you certainly don't question people's tastes (lest you have no claim to your own). It doesn't matter. He just doesn't. There's no definitive answer to the question.

Just accept it, and let it be a great backdrop to the story. For me, not knowing why makes the most sense.

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  • Do you have anything in-universe to back up this answer? – TK-421 Feb 16 at 11:14
  • Uhm...this answer isn’t even an answer, it’s just a rant. – steelersquirrel Feb 18 at 21:11
  • Appropriate, considering a question with no answer was asked. Next assignment: assigning logic to illogical propositions. – Mhan7 Feb 19 at 22:50

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