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 proceeds 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?

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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
    Commented Jan 24, 2016 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
    Commented Apr 10, 2016 at 10:01

I think it just makes the scene work. Consider: An angry and aggressive cab driver is listening to "Peaceful, Easy Feeling" (this is funny all by itself), The Dude had a hard night and "Peaceful, Easy Feeling" is making it worse (??). After requesting that the cab driver turn it off, the driver throws him out so he can keep listening to, again, Peaceful, Easy Feeling.

It's very much in line with the comedic style of the whole film: subtle absurdity that can escape you the first few times you see it.

This answer requires zero outside knowledge of The Eagles, a fact which I think makes it more compelling, not less.


I'm from New Jersey. Specifically I grew up two towns away from Asbury Park, the town (which I live in and am typing this from) which is synonymous with Bruce Springsteen. He is a legend here. Like the Pope of New Jersey. I grew up thinking he was overrated, probably because my parents and people their age loved him, so I was being 'A Rebelious Teen'.

My guess is that The Eagles held a similar stature of being The California Band like Bruce is the New Jersey Guy. To not be a fan of The Eagles would probably be akin to being against California, such as the vile I felt from my fellow New Jerseyans for not being a fan of The Boss while growing up. This would explain the taxi driver's reaction to The Dude saying he hates The Eagles. I would absolutely get thrown out of most cabs, bars, etc, if I was vocal about my disdain of Bruce Springsteen.

As I'm probably The Dude's age, like, right now, I can tell you I've come to appreciate Bruce and his songs, mostly because of what he's done for the area, but "I'm On Fire" is definitely favorited on my Spotify. Maybe The Dude would have eventually softened on The Eagles, at least that's what I hope.

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    Hi David. This is more your personal take on (dis)liking certain music than a serious answer. Please take the Tour to acquaint yourself with this platform. Did you read the other answer? It has a lot of verified background information; maybe you can Edit your answer and incorporate it into a more objective answer.
    – Joachim
    Commented Oct 17, 2021 at 22:37
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    If you strip this answer of your personal feelings toward Springsteen, I think it could stand as a valid point of view. Commented Oct 18, 2021 at 11:26
  • The question is about The Dude's opinion of music. If you're looking for an objective answer you're not going to find one. Commented Oct 18, 2021 at 15:45
  • "If you strip this answer of your personal feelings... this stands as a valid point." It stands as a valid point either way, and it is made the better by an illustration, an example, which happens to be first hand. It is a speculation on culture which considering the question is entirely valid even for the most neurotic on this board. Commented Jan 2, 2023 at 11:35

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