greatest way to sell a soundtrack and include it in the story: Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack + Awesome Mix Vol. 1 )also the most fun i had at the movies THE WHOLE YEAR-even in 3 D (on big releases, BLOCKBUSTERS AND COMIX, MARVEL, DC & Franchises )
The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY DELUXE soundtrack features classic 1970s songs from the film, plus score by composer Tyler Bate(Watchmen, Slither, Dawn of the Dead). GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 is the collection of songs featured in the film. Music plays a major role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, 'One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape (Awesome Mix #1) that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that's the only thing he has left of his mother and that's the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. He uses that as a connection to his past and to the sadness that he feels of having left all that and lost all that.'
James Gunn reasoned that the usage of songs from the 70s would help grounding to reality and providing fun juxtaposition. In an interview, he revealed that he had compiled a list of hit songs that appear in the Billboard charts within that decade and narrowed it down to 120 to be considered for use in the film. It helped Gunn entirely throughout production as some scenes were either filmed around the music played on background or it served as inspiration for him to write a scene around the track. When the trailer came out, digital download sales of Hooked With A Feeling skyrocketed by seven fold. Other notable instances include:
Cherry Bomb was actually played on set while the characters strut down the hall.
Wichita Lineman and Mama Told Me Not To Come were considered before David Bowie's Moonage Dream was used for the gang's trip to Knowhere.
ELO's Living Thing was used for a montage cut from the final film.
The opening cave scene was originally written around Hooked With A Feeling but Gunn felt that Come and Get Your Love is far better.
THE AWESOME MIX Vol. 1:
I'm Not in Love- 10CC
Come and Get Your Love -Redbone
Go All the Way - The Raspberries
Hooked on a Feeling- Blue Swede
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) -Rupert Holmes
Moonage Daydream -David Bowie
Fooled Around and Fell in Love -Elvin Bishop
Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
Ooh Child-The Five Stairsteps
Ain't No Mountain High Enough -Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
The soundtrack went no. 1 in Billboard US charts. it is the 1st one to do this ever without an original song. Eat this, Quentin :) !