Initially, the Ron Burgundy we got to know was the same loud, brash, news anchor you also got to know, at least if you watched Anchorman. However, since getting our hands on his iPod, we were able to gain new insights into the man who caused rioting after reading the teleprompter text without giving any thought to what he was saying on air.
The top 5 tracks in his playlist are especially revelatory. We’re sure you will agree.
Satellite – Dave Matthews Band
Featuring the lines, ‘Satellite strung from the moon, and the world your balloon, Peeping Tom for the mother station’, the Dave Matthews Band 1993 single Satellite is a song to which Ron can relate. Journalists are passionate about the media industry, and they know the importance of properly functioning communications technology. Clearly, Ron is conscientious about the work he does, and music is one way in which he honours this.
Communication Breakdown – Led Zeppelin
Communication Breakdown is what happens when satellites stop working properly. It’s also a hit single from one of the greatest bands to rock its way through the 1970s, Led Zeppelin. It is also what happened when Ron Burgundy told colleagues and viewers that he had slept with Veronica Corningstone. Oh, and he argued with a motorcyclist after throwing a burrito out of his car window while driving across a bridge, with his dog Baxter in the car. No wonder he can relate to this track on his iPod playlist.
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Rollin’ – Limp Bizkit
Ron may have been based at the studio, but just because he is not a field reporter like former colleague Brian Fantana, does not mean he doesn’t understand that, sometimes, the cameras need to keep rolling. This must be the reason he is such a big fan of Limp Bizkit’s hard and heavy 2000 single, Rollin’. We suspect he knows every line in the song, but loves to emphasise the lines, ‘Throw your hands up, ladies and gentlemen, chocolate starfish, keep on rolling baby’. The track appears on the nu metal band’s album, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water, and peaked in 65th position on the Billboard Hot 100.
Disco Inferno – The Trammps
Ron Burgundy is a man of his times, and those times are the 1970s. Those were the days of disco, polyester suits, and bad hair, so it is only fitting that the anchorman pay homage to the decade that put him on TV screens throughout San Diego. Of all the many hit songs he could have chosen, he opted for the Trammps’ 1976 single, Disco Inferno. The track was taken from the group’s eponymously titled fourth studio album, and it featured in the quintessential movie of those times, Saturday Night Fever. Delving deeper into his music library, we found other gems from the soundtrack, such as the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive, and Yvonne Elliman’s If I Can’t Have You.
The Editors – No Sound But the Wind
Clearly, Ron Burgundy understands that, sometimes, his mouth gets him into trouble. Whether it is because he brags about sexual conquests, insults bikers, or challenges other journalists to street fights, there is seldom a dull day for Ron. The Editors’ 2010 single, No Sound But the Wind, is possibly a musical reminder to the anchorman that, sometimes, things are better left unsaid. Sometimes, the perfect response is to remain so silent, all you can hear is the wind blowing through the trees. At least, that’s our interpretation. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the Twilight Saga: New Moon, so it could be that he happens to be a fan of self-loathing vampires that sparkle and twinkle, and of their insipid, expressionless love interests.