As FDRMX reported before, the advertisement campaign for superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy has heavily benefited from some solid music choices. Today Marvel Studios received the payoff: a colossal $94 million dollar opening weekend and a plethora of positive, ecstatic reviews. At the center of all this acclaim is the praise for one of the best soundtracks in recent years. The Encyclopedia of Music may need to readjust its Top 5 Movie Soundtracks list!
Without giving too much away, music plays an integral role in shaping the protagonist Peter Quill, aka Starlord. Quill is abducted from Earth by aliens in 1988 with only his trusty Sony Walkman and mixed tape to accompany him. Flash forward twenty-six years later and now adult Peter Quill has yet to grow tired of his tunes and is constantly playing them throughout his two-hour adventure.
“When I first started writing my first draft of the script, which was significantly different from the things that came before it, the first thing that I centered around was the Sony Walkman,” said Guardians director James Gunn to The Huffington Post. “To me, really the heart of the film is the Sony Walkman.”
Fans especially appreciated the unconventional usage of these songs for inappropriate scenarios. For example, Redbone‘s romantic “Come and Get Your Love” is played over a treasure-raiding scene in which alien rats are used as makeshift microphones. In another instance, Blue Swede‘s “Hooked on A Feeling” plays over the introduction to a hellish prison where there seems to be no escape. And perhaps most comical is the use of Rupert Holmes‘s “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” as the theme for an actual escape. These are just a few of the instances where Gunn utilizes a well-picked soundtrack to put a unique spin on his action film.
Below is a full list of the classic tunes one can expect to find in the film:
I’m Not in Love by 10cc
Come and Get Your Love by Redbone
Go All the Way by Rasberries
Mad Scene from “Lucia di Lammermoor” by The Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra
Hooked On a Feeling by Blue Swede
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes
Moonage Daydread by David Bowie
Fooled Around and Fell in Love by Elvin Bishop
Cherry Bomb by The Runaways
Ooh Child by The Five Starships
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
I Want You Back by The Jackson 5