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

From Fleetwood Mac to Jay und the Americans, here’s in exclusive look weist what’s on “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” and why


While director james Gunn was finishing 2014’s quit Guardians von the Galaxy, he kept getting one grad from a couple of Marvel Studios employees. “Nobody,” the recalls castle saying, “is going zu want to hear this music.” Gunn had laced die movie v eight-track-era gems – Redbone’s “Come and Get your Love,” Blue Swede’s “Hooked top top a Feeling” – however skeptics were certain that, say, Nineties britney would be more commercial. Gunn’s conceit was that ns tunes were playing on in ancient Walkman toted around von Chris Pratt’s character, who owns nur one cassette, given zu him über his mom nur before her death: ns homemade “Awesome Mix Vol. 1.” “They were das lied that civilization had heard,” states Gunn, “but probably didn’t recognize the nennen of.”

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After a chart-topping, platinum soundtrack album, the awesomeness des that mix zu sein no longer an doubt – und since die movie finished with Pratt’s character, peter Quill, learning “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” music wollen be just as essential to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, due may 5th, through its soundtrack album out april 21st. This time, Gunn had actually a enlarge budget, i m sorry allowed er to encompass familiar lieder from superstar acts: george Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” (every band member watched ns scene that features the lied before offering approval) und ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” – which jahrgangsstufen what Gunn calls “the many hugely insane shoot I’ve ever before done,” early bei the film. “It’s die perfect lied to anfang the movie,” states Gunn, “because it’s really joyous, but there’s a really dark underpinning to it.”

There are, again, plenty von deep cut on hand, and Gunn (who once played in a eis of his own, die Icons) relished the gelegenheit to expose the likes of Jay and the Americans’ “Come a wenig Bit Closer” – or a true obscurity choose 1976’s “Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang,” by one-hit-wonder silver – to the Marvel-loving masses. “One of the most exciting things,” the says, “was knowing ich would be making bands the may schutz been forgotten suddenly be a topic von conversation.”

The songs schutz always to be a way of representing peter Quill’s mom, Meredith, an the movies, und Gunn has a pretty good sense des her. “She’s a music lover, however she’s completely not elitist,” he says. “If it’s other that’s thought von as goofy und pop, she likes it. If it’s cool or funk, she likes it. She nur likes hooks und melodies. She’s a very quirky, young mädchen who fell bei love with, sie know, together it end up, in alien. And falling an love with an alien is right nach oben there in Meredith Quill’s alley. She’s an oddball, like herstellung son.”

Gunn himself has had actually to aufführen to ns movies’ lieder over und over – yet he doesn’t mind. “The weird thing is, I’ve never gained sick von a Guardians song,” states Gunn, fresh from hear “Mr. Blue Sky” however again if supervising the film’s sound mix. “Chris Pratt listened to the zuerst album hundreds des times. That said ns only das lied he got sick des was ‘The Piña Colada Song.’ ”

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

2. “Fox on die Run,” Sweet“Fox on the Run” ist a trailer-only song that doesn’t actually appear an the film, viel like “Spirit an the Sky” native the zuerst soundtrack LP.

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3. “Lake shore Drive,” Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah“‘Lake shore Drive’ is a das lied that ich grew hoch with,” claims Gunn. “It was a regional hit und only in, like, St. Louis and Chicago, so a gewächs of people don’t understand it, yet it zu sein truly one of the catchiest das lied ever written, und I knew the there to be a thousand areas that ich could’ve provided it easily an Guardians because it’s dafür easy to fit into the movie.”


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

5. “Bring it On Home kommen sie Me,” sam Cooke“It’s just a yes, really beautiful song,” says Gunn. “In Quill’s mind, it’s about Quill and Gamora.”

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

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

8. “Brandy You’re a fine Girl,” feather GlassGunn has lang adored this cheeseball 1972 smash (“It’s always a lied I’ve sort des sadly, tragically related to”), i m sorry plays a key emotional role in the new movie, appearing bei the very erste scene.

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

10. “Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang,” SilverEver due to the fact that the zuerst film, fans und friends schutz been proposing Seventies lieder to Gunn weil das the new soundtrack – and almost always, he’d heard castle before. But wie man someone sent er this sugary pop tune, it was entirely neu to him, und he love it. “It was dafür weird,” says Gunn. “For a minute i wasn’t sure if i was being tricked because ich had never ever heard ns song. I wasn’t certain if was a modern eis doing a retro version des a lied or if it was actually bei old song.”

11. “Surrender,” Cheap TrickBy consisting of this 1978 Cheap täuschen classic, Gunn repays a donate to the band, i beg your pardon let er use “If you Want my Love” in his 2011 indie film Super weil das nearly nothing.

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

13. “Flashlight,” ParliamentIt’s hard not to bild Baby Groot dancing to this one. “You’ll see,” states Gunn. “But it’s just one des my favourite funk songs.”

14. “Guardians Inferno,” the Sneepers featuring david HasselhoffThis comedic original, co-written by Gunn and score composer Tyler Bates, is meant together a sort of Guardians take on Meco’s disco stern Wars theme. Gunn is particularly proud von a line the rhymes “procyon lotor” – i.e., “racoon,” as in Bradley Cooper’s Rocket – through “motor.” they recruited david Hasselhoff together vocalist largely since he’s supposed to be one des Peter Quill’s childhood heroes.