I’m not going to see the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie until tomorrow, but I know that one major thing I’m looking forward to is seeing how the soundtrack will integrate into the story. And I have complete faith in director James Gunn and Marvel to make musical and cinematic magic once again!
I think it’s safe to say that the original “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” soundtrack was at least half the reason that the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie was such a hit. Baby Groot dancing may have been the other half of its success – which is no doubt why he seems to be front and center in the advertising for the sequel!
Taking a look back to the first soundtrack, I can scan this list and off the top of my head sing or hum most of them:
Awesome Mix Vol. 1:
- “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede
- “Go All the Way” by The Raspberries
- “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum
- “Moonage Daydream” by David Bowie
- “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” by Elvin Bishop
- “I’m Not in Love” by 10cc
- “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5
- “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone
- “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways
- “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes
- “O-O-H Child” by The Five Stairsteps
- “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
The second soundtrack isn’t quite as obvious for me – although there are several songs on there I do love. However, I expect to recognize most of them when I hear them playing during the movie:
Awesome Mix Vol. 2:
- “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra
- “Fox On The Run” by The Sweet
- “Lake Shore Drive” by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
- “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac
- “Bring It on Home to Me” by Sam Cooke
- “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell
- “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison
- “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass
- “Come A Little Bit Closer” by Jay & The Americans
- “Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang” by Silver
- “Surrender” by Cheap Trick
- “Father And Son” by Cat Stevens
- “Flash Light” by Parliament
- “Guardians Inferno” [feat. David Hasselhoff] by The Sneepers
Just as the songs in the first film musically helped to involve the audience in the entertainment on screen, they also were part of the plot and the character development as they were significant to the relationship of Star-Lord to his mother. Since I think it’s been clear from the trailers to the second film that this sequel has to do with Star-Lord finding his father, I anticipate some of the song choices are going to prove especially poignant – or more likely for James Gunn, ironic – in this tale, especially “Father and Son” (although I was really expecting them to use “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin – but maybe that’s too cynical a choice) and “Brandy”, the story of a guy who leaves behind the girl who loves him as he goes off to travel the world.
Music being such a key piece of the Guardians’ galaxy, it seemed very appropriate when Disney recently announced that the upcoming: Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California Adventure was going to have six distinct possible experiences, each based on a different song:
- “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
- “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
- “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
- “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
- “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
- “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley
Since it will supposedly be randomized, you won’t know which storyline you are going to experience until you hear the accompanying music! Clever!
As someone with motion sickness, I won’t be able to try this attraction, but I wouldn’t be surprised if passersby will be able to hear some of the music from outside. Guess we’ll find out on May 27th when it opens!
Are you a fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix soundtracks? Which song are you most hoping to hear on your first visit to Mission: BREAKOUT!?