Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain & Songs About Food

Superstar chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain joins Jim and Greg for a conversation about two of the best things on earth: Music and Food. What's the connection between these two great pleasures? Jim and Greg hear from chefs around the country and play their favorite culinary-themed songs.

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The Rolling Stones made headlines this week after inking an exclusive recording deal with Universal Music. This has prompted speculation that the Stones are planning to leave longtime label EMI, which is restructuring under new ownership. This would be one of many big name acts rumored to be headed for the hills, including Coldplay and Robbie Williams. Paul McCartney and Radiohead have already fled, and the potential loss of the Stones catalog could cost EMI over $6 million. New CEO Guy Hands refuses to express concern, but Jim and Greg predict that the music industry may come down from the six major labels it had at the turn of the century, to only three.

Singer/songwriter John Stewart passed away earlier this week at the age of 68. Stewart penned The Monkees' classic tune "Daydream Believer," but many listeners may not know about the huge song catalog he left behind. He recorded nearly four dozen solo albums and helped to create what we now know as "Americana." In addition to influencing artists like Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Roseanne Cash, he was idolized by Lindsey Buckingham, the Fleetwood Mac member who teamed up with him and Stevie Nicks for Stewart's hit single "Gold."




Anthony Bourdain

Many people know Anthony Bourdain from his many books, his TV show "No Reservations", and his successful restaurant Les Halles. But, you may not know that he's a die-hard rock and roll fan. Bourdain recently chronicled his punk past in the Spin essay“Eat to the Beat,”and when he was in town on a book tour, Jim and Greg invited him into the studio to talk turkey (and rock).

Anthony, or Tony as he likes to be called, explained to Jim and Greg that there are a lot of connections between members of the food world and the music world, the first of which is simply the hours. Both subcultures are nocturnal pleasure-seekers who often frequent the same greasy spoons and the same dive bars. But on a more cerebral level, music geeks and foodies are both obsessed, both opinionated, and both hate Billy Joel. Tony explains that when he's serving up grub to guests he prefers the tunes of Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, and even Connie Francis.


Culinary Music

During this episode we also hear from other music-loving chefs from around the country including:

  • Wesley Genovart of Degustation in New York
  • Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's in Chicago
  • Brenda Langton of Spoon River and Café Brenda in Minneapolis
  • Craig Serbousek of Crow and Bette in Seattle
  • Graham Elliot Bowles of Avenues in Chicago

To cap off this show, Jim and Greg run through their favorite culinary-inspired songs. All of them are either about food, inspired by food, or simply name foods, and all of them certainly rock.

Featured Songs

  1. The Rolling Stones,“Shattered,”Some Girls, 1978
  2. The Monkees, Daydream Believer, The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees, 1968
  3. John Stewart,“Gold,”Bombs Away Dream Babies, 1979
  4. Funkadelic,“Fish, Chips & Sweat,”Music for Your Mother, 1993
  5. The Beatles,“Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,”Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967
  6. Richard Hell and the Voidoids,“Walking on the Water,”Blank Generation, 1977
  7. Johnny Thunders,“Chinese Rocks,”LAMF Revisited, 1979
  8. Curtis Mayfield,“Superfly,”Superfly, 1972
  9. The Ramones,“Beat on the Brat,”The Ramones, 1978
  10. Roy Budd,“Main Theme (Carter Takes a Train),”Get Carter, 1971
  11. Serge Gainsbourg,“Bonnie and Clyde,”Bonnie and Clyde, 1968
  12. Brian Eno,“2/1,”Ambient 1: Music for Airports, 1979
  13. George Winston,“Cloudburst,”Plains, 1999
  14. Edith Piaf,“Padam…Padam,”At the Paris Olympia, 1982
  15. Dead Boys, I Need Lunch, Young, Loud & Snotty, 1977
  16. Billy Joel,“The Entertainer,”Streetlife Serenade, 1974
  17. The Stooges,“Down on the Street,”Funhouse, 1970
  18. Roy Budd,“Plaything,”Get Carter, 1971
  19. Devo,“Slap Your Mammy,”Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, 1994
  20. MRK1,“Sensei Skank,”Planet Mu, 2007
  21. Mum,“Guilty Rocks,”Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy, 2007
  22. The Good, the Bad & the Queen, Northern Whale, The Good, the Bad & the Queen, 2007
  23. Blondie,“Eat to the Beat,”Eat to the Beat, 1979
  24. The Boys,“Food Glorious Food,”Oliver! Original Broadway Cast, 1967
  25. Tony Joe White,“Polk Salad Annie”Black and White, 1969
  26. Neil Young,“Cinnamon Girl,”Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969
  27. Prince,“Starfish and Coffee,”Sign ‘O’ The Times, 1987
  28. Captain Beefheart,“Ice Cream For Crow”Ice Cream For Crow, 1982
  29. Van Morrison,“Tupelo Honey,”Tupelo Honey, 1971
  30. Bow Wow Wow,“I Want Candy (Kevin Shields Remix),”Marie Antoinette Soundtrack, 2006
  31. Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers,“Get off the Phone,”LAMF Revisted, 1979
  32. Wayne Cochran,“Last Kiss,”Hot Rod Hop, 2000
  33. David Bowie,“Queen Bitch,”Hunky Dory, 1971
  34. The Smiths,“Handsome Devil,”Hand in Glove, 1983
  35. Velvet Underground,“What Goes On,”Velvet Underground, 1969

Footnotes Louisa Chu on Anthony Bourdain's book tour Wesley Genovart: Chicago's most up-and-coming chef Degustation reviewed in New York Times Hot Doug's homepage Brenda Langton in New York Times travel review Rotating menu at Craig Serbousek's Crow restaurant has some shareable standouts“Cinnamon Girl”on Wikipedia“I Want Candy”Kevin Shields Remix on Stereogum“Polk Salad Annie”on Wikipedia“Starfish and Coffee”lyrics“Tupelo Honey”on AllMusic