After the Blue Swede-thumpingGuardians of the Galaxy soundtrack got us hooked on a feeling, it was obvious that James Gunn and music supervisor Dave Jordan were gonna come through with more classic goodies for the sequel. Voila. They did it.
Its an excellent trip through 70s rock thats 90% upbeat, with a B-sider from Cat Stevens as the emotional anchor. Once again, Gunn and Jordan have found a sweet spot of well-loved-but-not-super-famous songsan alchemical mash-up that should have people swaying in their seats without feeling overwhelmed by cliche.
According to a Rolling Stone interviewwith Gunn, many of the picks are the directors personal favorites. ELOs Mr. Blue Sky appears near the beginning of the film with what Gunn calls the most hugely insane shot Ive ever done, but Looking Glass Brandy (Youre a Fine Girl) opensGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to provide a backboard to an emotional sequence (more family drama?). Fleetwood Macs The Chain is meant to symbolize the Guardians, and George Harrisons My Sweet Lord should introduce Star-Lords (Chris Pratt) father, Ego (Kurt Russell), although I suspect Cat Stevenss Father and Son may also play a role in adding some sonic coloring to their relationship.
A billion cool points to Gunn for not picking Harry Chapins severely overused Cats in the Cradle.
Gunn was also keen to send fans Googling for deep cuts and lifting older, semi-forgotten tunes up the charts, which you may have already done with Silvers Wham Bang Shang-a-Lang (suggested by a fan) and Aliotta Haynes Jeremiahs Lake Shore Drive (a childhood favorite of Gunns with wonderfully suspicious initials).
Have fun rocking out the rest of the week. What all are you adding to your playlist? All of it? Sounds good.
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