Yo people of the interweb, today I wanted to a special little post dedicated to Guardians of the Galaxy. After seeing the film 3 times in the cinema, I can easily say it is not only one of my favourite films of the summer, but also of the year so far and one of the key reasons I like the film so much is due the soundtrack. The song selection in the film is nothing short of amazing and the music does help bring you back down to Earth when you’re up in space for the majority of the film. And since I’ve been listening to the this compilation for the last few days I thought I’d pass on my thoughts of what it means to me so consider this a review of sorts haha. Let’s get started.
Even though the songs are of the older variety, they are for the most part classics and very well established in the world of music and the fact that they are being used in the film instills a feeling of familiarity and in some cases nostalgia as well. And for me it was the first time listening to some of these songs in full or at all, however, there are some that I have known about for a very long time, but I’ll get to that in a bit. For now let’s talk about the individual songs in a bit more detail.
Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede
Ah yes, “Hooked on a Feeling” is pretty much the theme song of GotG because of it showing up in the first and second trailers for the film. At first I wasn’t too keen on the song and couldn’t understand the hype, but then over the coming months before the film’s release I couldn’t get the song out of my head. By the time the film came out I was totally in love with it. I don’t whether it is the constant chanting of “Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga” or the awesome chorus, whatever it may be, it is addictive and I can’t help but start singing and dancing like a happy-go-lucky clown. The song is just a feel-good jam and ever since I got this album, it’s been on repeat for ages haha.
Go All the Way by Raspberries
When I heard this song in the film I thought the rest of it would be a kick ass rock song of the 70’s, but then when I heard the song in full for the first time I was surprised about how the verses and chorus were so much softer and pop-sounding. It totally threw me off. But after a few days of listening to it on repeat it had become one of my favourite songs from the album, besides the awesome opening, just the chorus is very addictive and fun to sing. And I don’t if it is just me, but that guitar riff in the beginning, middle and end of the song reminds me a lot of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who.
Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum
This is the only song that didn’t appear in the film and only has an association with the film through the second trailer that was released a while ago. And while it is a decent song with a great sound, I don’t think it fits in with the rest of the songs in the sense that they are fairly playful, charismatic and normally relate to friendship or love and relationships, but this one is more to do about death and religion and going to heaven when you die. I just don’t feel like the lyrical content of this song gels well with the rest of the songs and the film in general. Again, it is a decent song, but probably my least favourite song in this collection.
Moonage Daydream by David Bowie
Alright, now we come to a great song. Hearing David Bowie in GotG the first time round was such an unexpected and delightful surprise, and then listening to the song on this album was even better. I’ve been a fan of Bowie for the last 8 years of my life and every few years I find more and more songs that I really get into. Since this is from the Ziggy Stardust album I’m not sure if I’ve heard it before in college or not but either way I love it. I feel like this song represents the vastness of space and stepping into the unknown (like the scene when the Guardians enter Knowhere).
Fooled Around and Fell in Love by Elvin Bishop
This song is basically about a guy who is a bit of a player and in the midst of his messing around he found a girl of interest. This song stuck in my head after that scene with Peter and Gamora, it just seems like it would be the song that would describe Peter if he ever decided to settle down with someone. It is the kind of song you just take a girl and slow dance with (if people still do that) or if you have a significant other you just dance with them, since I don’t have another half I’ll just be dancing on my own lol. I think the song has a gorgeous melody and memorable chorus.
I’m Not in Love by 10cc
Now this is a song I’ve always known about since I was around 10 or 11 when it was advertised on TV in a 1970’s CD compilation, however I’ve never heard the song in full until now. I loved the use of the song in GotG though, opening the film with that song was so surprising and nostalgic at the same time. At 6 minutes it is the longest song on the album, but it is worth every second of listening time. That opening 33 seconds, wow, just the way the sound builds up and then goes into the first verse, it is one of the most incredible intros to any song ever. This is a heavy and dramatic song with meaningful lyrics and a beautiful melody. The only thing I don’t like is the little breakdown around 1 minute and 53 seconds into the song, I feel like it’s a bit unnecessary and upsets the flow of the song.
I Want You Back by The Jackson 5
Now we get to the song I know the most out of this album. This to me is classic. As a fan of Michael Jackson, I know all of his music from childhood ESPECIALLY his older material in The Jackson 5. In all honesty, I don’t really listen to this song unless it shows up on TV or at a party, it is just not one of my jams. That being said, when the right occasion presents itself, I can get down and start singing and dancing, and after listening to it so much over the last few days I have a new appreciation for it.
Come and Get Your Love by Redbone
And now we come to what is arguably my favourite song from this collection. When I heard this song for the first time with Peter Quill dancing along while exploring the planet Morag I was in the happiest place ever. Ever since my first time seeing GotG this song has gotten stuck in my head for weeks and since listening to it in full, it is becoming an addiction. “Come and Get Your Love” is just a feel-good song that you just want to sing along to and every second hour of the day I’m always saying in my head “Come and get your love!” This is ultimately a song I can listen to any time and I would be surprised if there is anyone that isn’t down with this sound.
Cherry Bomb by The Runaways
This song is awesome, since hearing it GotG I’ve been obsessed with that chorus. I just love how rebellious this song feels and the level of tenacity and charisma that comes from lead singer Cherie Currie just makes me feel like freaking out and shouting “CHERRY BOMB!” with her. While I’m not that fussed about punk rock, I do love the sound that comes from this song, it’s so badass!
Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes
Oh, this song, this is another song I’ve known about for many years, but never listened to in full until now. When I was younger, I thought the song was very funny just because of the words in the chorus (don’t ask me why), but since listening to the song recently I’ve really come to appreciate the lyrics and lovely music.
O-o-h Child by Five Stairsteps
Once again this is a song I’ve always known about, never been too keen on and never listened to in full until now, all that being said I’ve really taken a liking to this song recently. The song is pretty much about looking forward to a better day and trying to stay positive and I loved seeing Peter Quill strutting his stuff in front of Ronan to this song, it was so unexpected and funny. I think that scene makes me like this song more than I should.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Like “I Want You Back” this is a song that I’ve known for many years and it is again a classic song, that being said I’ve never been too keen on it and the only version I’ve really liked was the one in Sister Act 2. But I have always liked what this song has stood for; the bond between people and the acts of kindness that friends will do for each other. Since listening to this soundtrack I’ve really started to get into it and believe that when this song appears in GotG it represents Peter and his crew as a unified group.
- Hooked on a Feeling (LOVE)
- Go All the Way
- Moonage Daydream
- Fooled Around and Fell in Love (LOVE)
- I’m Not in Love
- Come and Get Your Love (LOVE)
- Cherry Bomb
- Escape (The Piña Colada Song)
In conclusion Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is such a great collection of songs that when applied to one of Marvel’s strangest and most delightful films to date has created a match made in heaven. After watching GotG you really do want to listen to the music from the film and honestly, it is worth your time to obtain this album as it is delightful, beautiful, addictive and makes you want to sing and dance.
So what did you think of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1? Are you down with these tunes or do want to turn them off? Also, did you like Guardians of the Galaxy in general or was it not for you? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. :D