SOUNDTRACK GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2

Inside die ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Soundtrack

From Fleetwood Mac zu Jay and the Americans, here’s an exclusive look at what’s ~ above “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” und why


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While director james Gunn was finishing 2014’s quit Guardians of the Galaxy, the kept gaining one klasse from a few Marvel Studios employees. “Nobody,” the recalls lock saying, “is going zu want to hear this music.” Gunn had actually laced ns movie through eight-track-era jewel – Redbone’s “Come and Get her Love,” Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” – yet skeptics were certain that, say, Nineties britney would be more commercial. Gunn’s conceit was that ns tunes were playing on an ancient Walkman toted around von Chris Pratt’s character, that owns nur one cassette, given kommen sie him von his mom just before her death: the homemade “Awesome Mix Vol. 1.” “They were lied that people had heard,” says Gunn, “but probably didn’t recognize the nennen of.”


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After a chart-topping, platinum soundtrack album, ns awesomeness von that mix is no longer an doubt – und since ns movie ended with Pratt’s character, peter Quill, discovering “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” music will be nur as essential zu Guardians von the Galaxy Vol. 2, due might 5th, v its soundtrack album out april 21st. This time, Gunn had a larger budget, i m sorry allowed er to include familiar lieder from superstar acts: george Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” (every eis member watched ns scene that functions the das lied before offering approval) and ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” – which jahrgangsstufen what Gunn call “the many hugely insane shooting I’ve ever done,” early bei the film. “It’s die perfect das lied to anfang the movie,” claims Gunn, “because it’s really joyous, but there’s a yes, really dark underpinning zu it.”


There are, again, plenty von deep cuts on hand, und Gunn (who when played an a eis of his own, ns Icons) relished the gelegenheit to reveal the likes of Jay and the Americans’ “Come a little Bit Closer” – or a true obscurity like 1976’s “Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang,” by one-hit-wonder silver- – to die Marvel-loving masses. “One von the most amazing things,” that says, “was knowing i would be making bands that may schutz been forgotten suddenly be a topic des conversation.”

The songs schutz always been a way des representing peter Quill’s mom, Meredith, in the movies, and Gunn has actually a pretty good sense von her. “She’s a music lover, however she’s completely not elitist,” the says. “If it’s something that’s thought des as goofy and pop, she likes it. If it’s cool or funk, she mögen it. She nur likes hooks and melodies. She’s a very quirky, young mädchen who fell in love with, you know, together it end up, in alien. Und falling an love with bei alien ist right trost there in Meredith Quill’s alley. She’s in oddball, like produziert son.”

Gunn himself has had to aufführen to ns movies’ lieder over and over – but he doesn’t mind. “The weird point is, I’ve never obtained sick des a Guardians song,” claims Gunn, fresh from listening “Mr. Blue Sky” however again when supervising ns film’s sound mix. “Chris Pratt listened kommen sie the zuerst album hundreds des times. The said ns only song he got sick of was ‘The Piña Colada Song.’ ”

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1. “Mr. Blue Sky,” electrical Light Orchestra“I’ve always said the if ns Guardians had a house band, it would be ELO,” claims Gunn, “and ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ ist one des my favourite songs von them. We had actually a tough time getting the rights. Us had kommen sie really fight zu get the song, und I personally appealed kommen sie Jeff Lynne.” Lynne had previously authorized a song zum the zuerst Guardians the Gunn ended trost cutting, i beg your pardon made the process more difficult this time. But bei the end, Gunn says, “I think us made him bei offer that couldn’t refuse.”


2. “Fox on the Run,” Sweet“Fox on ns Run” ist a trailer-only das lied that doesn’t in reality appear bei the film, viel like “Spirit in the Sky” indigenous the first soundtrack LP.

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3. “Lake coast Drive,” Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah“‘Lake coast Drive’ zu sein a song that ich grew trost with,” states Gunn. “It was a local hit and only in, like, St. Louis und Chicago, deswegen a lot of people don’t recognize it, but it zu sein truly one des the catchiest songs ever written, und I knew that there to be a thousand areas that ich could’ve provided it easily in Guardians since it’s deswegen easy to fit into the movie.”

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4. “The Chain,” Fleetwood Mac“There are two songs that are die most deeply embedded into die fibers of the film,” claims Gunn. “‘The Chain’ zu sein one because it ist about ns Guardians, weist least in the means we use it, and we usage it a couple of times in the movie. Und the various other one ist ‘Brandy,’ i m sorry is bei incredibly necessary song an the movie. Both happen zu be two des my favorite songs from ns Seventies.”

5. “Bring that On Home zu Me,” brunnen Cooke“It’s just a really beautiful song,” states Gunn. “In Quill’s mind, it’s around Quill and Gamora.”

6. “Southern Nights,” glenn CampbellCampbell’s groovy 1977 version of Allen Toussaint’s song was a childhood favorite weil das Gunn: “It’s a wenig bit von a different flavor weil das the movie.”

7. “My Sweet Lord,” george Harrison “It was one von the zuerst songs that ich picked out to try to use in the movie and it has kommen sie do a wenig bit with the origin von Ego,” states Gunn, referring to peter Quill’s extraterrestrial father (full name: Ego, the Living Planet), played von Kurt Russell. “And there’s this huge creation myth around how he came about and it was kind of lined trost with that. I’ve constantly been into Hindu production myths und there’s part similarities there.”

8. “Brandy You’re a well Girl,” looking GlassGunn has lang adored this cheeseball 1972 smash (“It’s constantly a song I’ve sort des sadly, tragically related to”), i beg your pardon plays a key emotional role an the new movie, appearing bei the very zuerst scene.

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9. “Come a little Bit Closer,” Jay and the AmericansThis 1964 hit, one of the oldest songs on ns soundtrack, scores bei action scene that Gunn previewed weist Comic-Con where die heroes “enjoy a little bit von ultra-violence if it’s playing and it’s yes, really fun.”


10. “Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang,” SilverEver due to the fact that the zuerst film, fans und friends have been proposing Seventies das lied to Gunn zum the neu soundtrack – und almost always, he’d heard lock before. But wie man someone sent er this sugary popular music tune, it was entirely new to him, und he love it. “It was deshalb weird,” states Gunn. “For a minute i wasn’t certain if ich was gift tricked because ich had never ever heard ns song. Ich wasn’t sure if was a modern maßband doing a retro version von a das lied or if it was actually an old song.”

11. “Surrender,” Cheap TrickBy including this 1978 Cheap täuschen classic, Gunn repays a favor to die band, i m sorry let er use “If freundin Want my Love” bei his 2011 indie film Super zum nearly nothing.

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12. “Father und Son,” Yusuf / Cat StevensGunn was inspired to use this thematically appropriate 1970 ballad after hearing Howard Stern attempt kommen sie perform that on acoustic guitar on his show.

13. “Flashlight,” ParliamentIt’s hard not to picture Baby Groot tanzen to this one. “You’ll see,” claims Gunn. “But it’s nur one des my favourite funk songs.”

14. “Guardians Inferno,” the Sneepers featuring david HasselhoffThis comedic original, co-written von Gunn and score composer Tyler Bates, ist meant together a sort of Guardians take on Meco’s disco star Wars theme. Gunn ist particularly proud of a line the rhymes “procyon lotor” – i.e., “racoon,” as bei Bradley Cooper’s Rocket – v “motor.” lock recruited david Hasselhoff as vocalist largely due to the fact that he’s supposed kommen sie be one von Peter Quill’s childhood heroes.