When I watched Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time, three things occurred to me that unbelievably had nothing to do with mashed potatoes or fidgeting.
- How funny the film was
- How attractive Chris Pratt is (and he looks even fitter in Jurassic World!)
- And the bloody brilliant soundtrack
To be honest I tend to notice the music used in movies (as it can be so god damn effective!) but with Guardians of the Galaxy you’d have to have gummy bears in your ears if you didn’t hear the awesome tracks.
To those unfamiliar with the story Chris Pratt plays a dude who is taken away from his family as a kid. The only memory he has from home is a mix tape his mum made and very precious to him it is too. Cleverly it’s his mix tape that provides the soundtrack.
How cool is that? The personal feel of the songs goes hand in hand with the sentimentality and charm in the story and because it’s a funny, quite quirky film it really does works perfectly.
There is a still a film score written by Tyler Bates and it’s possible to buy a deluxe edition of the soundtrack which includes both parts – the mix tape and the scores. I was tempted but it was the songs I really loved and check out the CD cover – I was sold!
I’m not sure how many more times in this post I can use the words “mix tape” but AHHH it’s a picture of the MIX TAPE!!!!
Which reminds me, the full title of this OST is: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). I have a sneaky suspicion I know what the soundtrack to the sequel may be called. I really, really hope they’ll be a Mix Vol. 2 anyway!
This was the second biggest selling soundtrack of 2014. What beat it? Anyone have a clue? Well, you know it, trust me. Here’s a clue – let it go, let it go. Let it fucking go.
Urghhh. Has anyone done Frozen for Shitfest yet? I’ve never even seen it (nor do I have any desire to) but that song is still seared into my brain like a branding iron.
Anyway, back to the Guardians of the Galaxy. To be honest with you none of the songs are particularly remarkable and the track listing is slightly reminiscent of a bargain compilation. A bit corny even? Don’t get me wrong, there’s some awesome pop songs on there and I love music from the 70s and 80s (all the songs are from these eras) but with tracks like Spirit in the Sky and 10cc’s I’m Not in Love it really is fluffy pop than anything. It just works so well in this film!
It’s hearing the songs originally in the context of the movie that make them so special and fun – even though we’ve heard them countless times before at family parties and weddings – each song compliments its respective scene so perfectly.
A fun and very optimistic album that is particularly good when driving or doing housework (fact). It also invokes happy memories of a fun and very optimistic film. My favourite tracks are Hooked on a Feeling and Go All the Way.