By now you have probably watched both of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailers multiple times. It is also safe to say Baby Groot was the ultimate scene-stealer out of all the footage shown. As we analyze every trailer to figure out possible plot details for the much-anticipated sequel, let's not overlook one of the major bright spots of the franchise: the music.
There is no arguing that Guardians of the Galaxy has one of the best #movie soundtracks of all time. Peter Quill's mixtape, appropriately titled "Awesome Mix: Vol. 1," serves as a symbol of his childhood and plays an important role within the film. A soundtrack from the movie was released on July 29, 2014 and included all of the songs found on Star-Lord's infamous mix:
Due to the movie's popularity, the #soundtrack did incredibly well. The album soared to the top of the Billboard charts and stayed there for 11 consecutive weeks, 16 total. After hitting #1, it eventually became certified platinum. It was also announced to be the 5th best-selling album of 2014 and the 2nd best-selling soundtrack of the year right behind Frozen. The album also made history by being the only soundtrack with all previously recorded songs to top charts, a more difficult feat considering most soundtracks include a few original songs.
Director James Gunn wants to remain hush hush when it comes to sequel plot details, including how much is revealed in the trailers. Although he hasn't commented on plans to release a sequel soundtrack for "Awesome Mix Vol. 2," it is pretty much guaranteed due to how much the first movie relied on the musical element. In regards to the first mix, James Gunn spoke to Rolling Stone about the compilation of "forgotten hits" which could give insight into future mixes:
"That time is now. I also think people are hungry for good, old-fashioned, well-crafted pop songs that exist outside of any sort of imposed hipness or irony.... I've spent my whole life compulsively collecting music and making all sorts of mixes for my siblings and friends and girlfriends. I feel like this soundtrack was an opportunity to make a mix CD for the whole world."
So what could we possibly hear on Star-Lord's Walkman this coming May? Well, the trailers may have provided some clues!
"Hooked On A Feeling" — Blue Swede
Ooga chaka, ooga chaka! Just hearing that chant makes me automatically think of Guardians. The song was predominantly featured in the first movie, but it was also used in the first teaser trailer for the sequel. Understandably so, considering the connection #Marvel fans make when hearing the tune
The song was actually first performed in 1968 by B.J. Thomas, but it was covered by Jonathan King in 1971. King would be the one to add the "ooga chaka" chant to his cover of the song. Blue Swede's performance is a cover of King's version, which they released in 1974. The Swedish band actually changed a few lyrics from the original (listen below) to get rid of drug references.
Leading the "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" tracklist, the song has become a hit again, resulting in countless new covers and becoming an anthem to sports teams and colleges. The song was also featured in Quentin Tarantino's film, Reservoir Dogs, and in multiple episodes of Ally McBeal. The song will probably not be included on the second mix but don't be surprised if it is still used in the movie!
"Fox on the Run" — Sweet
The second trailer that was released earlier this week featured a song we haven't heard in the first film, so one could assume it will be included in the "Awesome Mix Vol. 2." Sweet, a British rock band, first released the song in 1974 but a more American version of the song was included on their album Desolation Boulevard. The song is said to be about groupies with "fox" being a slang term for women.
The song peaked at #5 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1975-76. You may recognize the song from films such as Dazed and Confused, Detroit Rock City, When in Rome and Catch .44. It was also covered by multiple artists, including Eric Singer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If the song becomes the sequel's go-to tune, there is no doubt the band will have a resurgence in sales and popularity.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017 and stands near the top of the most anticipated movies for next year!
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