Anthony Bourdain has become synonymous with non-conformity. Whether through his progressive food, his dedication to the dive bar or his adoration of all things punk, Anthony Bourdain was a bastion of anti-establishment splendour. Here we take a look back at some of his favourite songs, all with a brand new playlist.
It’s well-known that Bourdain was a champion of New York’s punk movement, he was often cited as saying that both chefs and musicians worked in similar undulating patterns. They were nightwalkers, the working men of the dark streets of New York’s bubbling underbelly. It was a theory that Bourdain took with him wherever he went. Whether he was reviewing a restaurant, often commenting on the music being played in the dining room as much as the food, or speaking with the numerous musicians and icons that littered his show ‘Parts Unknown’, Bourdain was always a muso.
With the news that a brand new documentary will look at Bourdain’s legacy and explore his work both on and off-screen, with Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville at the helm, we thought we’d take a look at some of Bourdain’s favourite songs.
Over the course of a few interviews and radio shows, Bourdain has given us a plethora of songs to call his favourite. The chef has always favoured the alternative rock scene and that is reflected in his choices below.
From The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s ‘Anemone’, which Bourdain said was “Drenched in opiates and regret, I heard this song once and became besotted by it. It sounds like lost love, past lives, unforgiven mistakes and transgressions,” to his beloved New York Dolls and their hit ‘Personality Crisis’, which Bourdain says was “An answered prayer. The antidote to all the lousy music of the era. Loud, unapologetically sloppy. Johnny Thunders guitar made life worth living again and gave permission to everything good that followed, like New York punk. Joyously nihilistic.”
He was punk rock until the end, never-wavering from his mission, never dropping his gaze from you or anyone else who crossed his path. Anthony Bourdain was one of the realest motherfuckers this world has ever seen. His musical choices are representative of that, from Roxy Music’s ‘Do The Strand’ “Two years of college and this was all I remember”, to the subversive moments of Curtis Mayfield, to which hef says “Ahhh…cocaine. I wanted it. And even though the Superfly soundtrack (unlike the film) is decidedly anti-drug and cautionary, it sure made coke sound desirable to me. The lush arrangements are timeless, whatever your position. This is still in heavy rotation on my iPod long after I gave up the powders.”
Bourdain selects the most veined, fat-dripping chunks of meat for us to sink our teeth into and below you can hear them in a wonderful playlist.
‘Anemone’ – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
‘Pusherman’ – Curtis Mayfield
‘What’s Going On’ – Marvin Gaye
‘Do the Strand’ – Roxy Music
‘Once In A Lifetime’ – Talking Heads
‘Tangled Up In Blue’ – Bob Dylan
‘Chinese Rocks’ – The Heartbreakers
‘This Is Not A Love Song’ – Public Image Ltd.
‘Personality Crisis’ – The New York Dolls
’96 Tears’ – ? and The Mysterions
‘Down on the Street’ – The Stooges
‘Sonic Reducer’ – The Dead Boys
‘Love In Spurts’ – Richard Hell & The Voidoids
‘Fight For Your Right’ – Beastie Boys
‘Pay to Cum’ – Bad Brains
‘White Lines’ – Grandmaster Flash
‘Riot Act’ – Elvis Costello & The Attractions