"Guardians of the Galaxy" got you hooked on a feeling with "Awesome Mix Vol. 1," and the sequel's "Awesome Mix Vol. 2" will keep that feeling going with 14 fresh tracks.
Rolling Stone shared the full set list for the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" soundtrack, with notes from director James Gunn on the retro song choices -- plus the original closing song, "Guardians Inferno," featuring David Hasselhoff.
First, here's Baby Groot to introduce the set list:
"Guardians 2" has already screened for the press, so ScreenCrush had some notes on how the songs appear in the movie:
"As with Guardians Vol. 1, some of the tracks appear in the film more prominently than others. I don't even remember where 'Surrender' showed up (probably during a scene where a character surrenders?) but 'Brandy' by Looking Glass is heard repeatedly throughout the film, and actually becomes a fairly significant part of one character's storyline."
James Gunn told Rolling Stone he had a bigger budget for this sequel, so he was able to include songs from George Harrison and Fleetwood Mac, plus ELO's "Mr Blue Sky," which opens the movie in what Gunn called "the most hugely insane shot I've ever done." He added, "It's the perfect song to start the movie, because it's really joyous, but there's a really dark underpinning to it." Speaking of the start of the movie, "Brandy" is said to play "a key emotional role in the new movie," appearing in the very first scene, and again later.
Rolling Stone said the songs are a way to represent Peter Quill's mom, Meredith. "She's a music lover, but she's completely not elitist," Gunn said. "If it's something that's thought of as goofy and pop, she likes it. If it's cool or funk, she likes it. She just likes hooks and melodies. She's a very quirky, young girl who fell in love with, you know, as it ends up, an alien. And falling in love with an alien is right up there in Meredith Quill's alley. She's an oddball, like her son." "Guardians 2" will introduce Peter Quill to his father, Ego the Living Planet, played by Kurt Russell.
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" opens May 5 in theaters, but you can pick up the soundtrack this Friday, April 21.
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