‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2’ Soundtrack Revealed! Details on WHY they were chosen!

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After 2014’s Chart-topping, Platinum “Awesome Mix #1” Soundtrack Album from the original ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, The team of The Guardians has been synonymous with the idea of awesome throwback toons! Peter Quill (Starlord, man) was given these Awesome Mix’s from his mother on her deathbed, and he can be seen toting his walkman around with him listening to these jams! James Gunn himself revealed to Rolling Stones the soundtrack for the sequel, and why they were chosen!

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AGAIN, thank you so much Rolling Stones for all this awesome (pun, intended) information!

Guardians of the Galaxy “Awesome Mix Vol. 2” Track by Track

1. “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra
“I’ve always said that if the Guardians had a house band, it would be ELO,” says Gunn, “and ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ is one of my favorite songs by them. We had a hard time getting the rights. We had to really fight to get the song, and I personally appealed to Jeff Lynne.” Lynne had previously approved a song for the first Guardians that Gunn ended up cutting, which made the process harder this time. But in the end, Gunn says, “I think we made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.”

2. “Fox on the Run” by Sweet
“Fox on the Run” is a trailer-only song that will actually NOT appear in the movie, similar to “Spirit in the Sky” from the first Awesome Mix.

3. “Lake Shore Drive” by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
“‘Lake Shore Drive’ is a song that I grew up with,” says Gunn. “It was a regional hit and only in, like, St. Louis and Chicago, so a lot of people don’t know it, but it is truly one of the catchiest songs ever written, and I knew that there were a thousand places that I could’ve used it easily in Guardians because it’s so easy to fit into the movie.”

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Vol-2-trailer-breakdown-694. “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac
“There are two songs that are the most deeply embedded into the fibers of the film,” says Gunn. “‘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.”

5. “Bring it On Home to Me” by Sam Cooke
“It’s just a really beautiful song,” says Gunn. “In Quill’s mind, it’s about Quill and Gamora.”

6. “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell
Campbell’s groovy 1977 version of Allen Toussaint’s song was a childhood favorite for Gunn: “It’s a little bit of a different flavor for the movie.”

7. “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison
“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,” says Gunn, referring to Peter Quill’s alien father (full name: Ego, the Living Planet), played by Kurt Russell. “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.”

8. “Brandy You’re a Fine Girl” by Looking Glass
Gunn has long adored this cheeseball 1972 smash (“It’s always a song I’ve sort of sadly, tragically related to”), which plays a key emotional role in the new movie, appearing in the very first scene.

9. “Come a Little Bit Closer” by Jay and the Americans
This 1964 hit, one of the oldest songs on the soundtrack, scores an action scene that Gunn previewed at Comic-Con where the heroes “enjoy a little bit of ultra-violence while it’s playing and it’s really fun.”guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-star-lord-slice-600x200.png

10. “Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang” by Silver
Ever since the first film, fans and friends have been proposing Seventies songs to Gunn for the new soundtrack – and almost always, he’d heard them before. But when someone sent him this sugary pop tune, it was entirely new to him, and he loved it. “It was so weird,” says Gunn. “For a minute I wasn’t sure if I was being tricked because I had never heard the song. I wasn’t sure if was a modern band doing a retro version of a song or if it was actually an old song.”

11. “Surrender” by Cheap Trick
By including this 1978 Cheap Trick classic, Gunn repays a favor to the band, which let him use “If You Want My Love” in his 2011 indie film Super for nearly nothing.

12. “Father and Son” by Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Gunn was inspired to use this thematically appropriate 1970 ballad after hearing Howard Stern attempt to perform it on acoustic guitar on his show.

baby-groot-dance13. “Flashlight” by Parliament
It’s hard not to picture Baby Groot dancing to this one. “You’ll see,” says Gunn. “But it’s just one of my favorite funk songs.”

14. “Guardians Inferno” by The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff
This comedic original, co-written by Gunn and score composer Tyler Bates, is meant as a sort of Guardians take on Meco’s disco Star Wars theme. Gunn is particularly proud of a line that rhymes “procyon lotor” – i.e., “racoon,” as in Bradley Cooper’s Rocket – with “motor.” They recruited David Hasselhoff as vocalist largely because he’s supposed to be one of Peter Quill’s childhood heroes.

Personally, I think James Gunn has another homerun soundtrack on his hands, great choices and hearing the WHY he picked them gets me even more hyped! Few More Weeks!

– Parker Batkins

UPDATE: I went ahead and made a spotify playlist if you want to listen to the Awesome Mix! http://spoti.fi/2pCxZ6G

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SourceRolling Stones

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Soundtrack will be available April 21st 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Opens in Theaters May 5th

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

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