One of the Groot great things about Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the music. Director James Gunn took a bunch of 30 – 40 year old songs, dusted them off, and made them cool again! It was one of the top selling music releases of the year, and that’s saying something for a dozen songs that have been out for decades.
Gunn took to social media again last night to interact with the movie’s fan base, revealing that the original song list was 15 tracks. What’s more is that 2 tracks that are on the official Awesome Mix Vol. 1 aren’t on that list. Technically, those are part of Awesome Mix Vol. 2
For the first time, the ENTIRE AWESOME MIX VOLUME 1
In honor of this new Facebook like page, I thought I’d give you what many of you have been asking for for so long. When Chris Pratt and I started working together on Guardians of the Galaxy, I gave him a mixed tape (okay, I admit, a mixed CD) of Awesome Mix Volume 1, that he could listen to endlessly, so he’d know it backwards and forwards, just as Quill knew the tape his mom gave him. As I’ve mentioned in the past, it contained a few songs that were not on the eventual soundtrack. Here is that original list – the newer songs have a * –
I’m Not in Love – 10cc
Come and Get Your Love – Redbone
Go All the Way – Raspberries (band)
*Never Been to Spain – Three Dog Night
Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
*Magic – Pilot (band)
The Pina Colada Song – Rupert Holmes
*Livin’ Thing – Electric Light Orchestra
Moonage Daydream – David Bowie (Official)
Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Elvin Bishop
*Fox on the Run – The Sweet
Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
O-O-H Child – Five Stairsteps
*Surrender – Cheap Trick
Some of these songs were in the first cut of the movie – the mean blue guard danced through the prison listening to Magic on Quill’s headphones, and Livin Thing featured in a montage in the Milano after the gang left the prison. We shot Quill singing “Never Been to Spain” at the Nova guards in an aggressive manner when he was having his mug shot taken, but the winding-up-the-finger gag worked better, so it never made the cut. The rest were never really in, but I thought this would give you a good idea of the complete Awesome Mix to which young Peter Quill might have lived his life.
Also, in all honesty, Moonage Daydream wasn’t on the original tape – I added it in post-production – but I thought I’d leave it on the list to keep things simple.
As you can see, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and I Want You Back are not on this list as they were technically a part of Awesome Mix Volume 2. I didn’t want Chris to be familiar with those songs.
Finally, if you like these new tracks, go download them from iTunes in honor of the great bands who helped inspire the film.