The Doobie Brothers want you to listen to their music… just as long as you pay.
Members of the iconic classic rock band eviscerated funnyman Bill Murray on Twitter, posting a cease and desist letter to his golf apparel company for illegally using their track “Listen to the Music” in William Murray Golf company commercials.
The Brothers’ legal team crafted a letter they hoped would appeal to Murray’s sarcastic and fun loving nature. “The Doobie Brothers perform and recorded the song 'Listen to the Music,' which Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers wrote. It’s a fine song. I know you agree because you keep using it in ads for your Zero Hucks Given golf shirts,” the letter reads.
“However, given that you haven’t paid to use it, maybe you should change the company name to ‘Zero Bucks Given.’” Sick burn!
Now, Murray is responding with his famous congenial candor. He tweeted a response letter to the Doobie Brothers, reading in part:
"First, I would like to compliment you on finding levity in the law at a time when the world and this country certainly could use a laugh," he wrote, before riffing on Doobie Brothers tunes. "We would also like to confirm that both our firm, and the good folks at William Murray Golf, are indeed fans of the Doobie Brothers’ music, which is why we appreciate your firm’s choice of ‘Takin’ It to the Streets,’ rather than to the courts, which are already overburdened 'Minute by Minute' with real problems."
Bill couldn’t help but throw one last self-deprecating dig into the response, saying his company “will happily upgrade your wardrobes and hopefully win each of you over as new fans of the brand. At least that’s ‘what this fool believes.'"