Get ready to dust off those bell-bottom pants and put some polish on that disco ball tucked away in the cupboard because the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2 has been released. The soundtrack is as much a feature as the title itself to kick in some terrific retro vibes for the 2017 blockbuster.
While there was speculation surrounding the likes of David Bowie and others, Marvel have stuck to some traditional favorites including Sam Cooke, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac and Beatles legend George Harrison. The most eye-popping name on the list surrounds David Hasselhoff as the former Baywatch star has linked up with The Sneepers for a track title "Guardians Inferno" to close out the 14 song extravaganza.
- "Mr. Blue Sky" — Electric Light Orchestra
- "Fox on the Run" — Sweet
- "Lake Shore Drive" — Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
- "The Chain" — Fleetwood Mac
- "Bring It on Home to Me" — Sam Cooke
- "Southern Nights" — Glen Campbell
- "My Sweet Lord" — George Harrison
- "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" — Looking Glass
- "Come a Little Bit Closer" — Jay and the Americans
- "Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang" — Silver
- "Surrender" — Cheap Trick
- "Father and Son" — Cat Stevens
- "Flash Light" — Parliament
- "Guardians Inferno" — The Sneepers feat. David Hasselhoff
Parallel Between Music and Narrative For Gunn
Speaking with Rolling Stone about the karaoke selection, director James Gunn wanted to stress that the choices were deliberate. As the lyrics spoke to the story experienced in the movie.
"There are two songs that are the most deeply embedded into the fibers of the film," said the filmmaker. "'The Chain' is one because it is about the Guardians, at least in the way we use it, and we use it a couple of times in the movie. And the other one is 'Brandy,' which is an incredibly important song in the movie. Both happen to be two of my favorite songs from the Seventies."
But it would be George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" that was inspired by Kurt Russell's Ego the Living Planet that stood out for Gunn.
"It was one of the first songs that I picked out to try to use in the movie and it has to do a little bit with the origin of Ego. And there's this big creation myth about how he came about and it was kind of lined up with that. I've always been into Hindu creation myths and there's some similarities there."
Guardians Not Checking Their Egos As Avengers Date Looms
Forecasting for their next adventure in Avengers: Infinity War, Dave Bautista a.k.a Drax the Destroyer and Zoe Saldana a.k.a. Gamora sat down for a quick Marvel featurette to talk about the meeting of the minds with their superhero compatriots.
"When we come on to set of The Avengers as Guardians, we are the Guardians," says Bautista. "And anybody stepping onto set with us has to deal with all of us!"
The actress agreed with the former MMA star's sentiment, arguing that the crew wanted to put their best foot forward ahead of the ensemble showdown.
"We were really cocky," started Saldana. "We were like, 'we're the Guardians of the Galaxy.' But exciting - super exciting. The fact that they're bringing every character in the Marvel universe together. And this supervillain is such a prominent figure amongst the Guardians of the Galaxy gives our level of importance."