Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

'70s tunes help keep Guardians grounded

  • Print

THANKS to Guardians of the Galaxy, 1970s pop stalwarts Blue Swede, the Raspberries, Redbone and the Runaways are finding themselves at the top of the charts again.

The movie soundtrack Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is No. 1 on both the iTunes and Amazon digital-album lists (and No. 2 in Amazon's overall CD sales) with a crop full of AM standards. Yet the tunes also factor into the narrative of the blockbuster Marvel Studios space opera.

"We may not know the name or the band that sings it, but we know the songs," says director James Gunn, who cherry-picked hits of yesteryear in choosing his soundtrack. "Keeping the attachment to Earth helps to keep the movie grounded throughout the whole thing."

Before she died, the mother of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) gave him a gift: a Sony Walkman and a mix tape of her favourite songs.

So Quill's outer-space adventures have extra resonance with David Bowie's Moonage Daydream and Rupert Holmes' Escape (The Pina Colada Song) playing in the background.

Sixteen Sony Walkmans -- all the same old-school model, circa 1979-81 -- were rounded up for the film. "It's the kind of Walkman that hipsters in Silver Lake or Brooklyn would pay $4,000 for and pretend like they bought it at a thrift shop," Pratt says. "It's super vintage and really kick-ass."

The soundtrack was the exact emotional anchor they needed to grab a mainstream audience, says producer Kevin Feige. "The very people who would go, 'What? A tree, a raccoon, outer space, what is this?'

"You hear Hooked on a Feeling, and it starts to humanize even the most alien of the characters."

-- USA Today

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 6, 2014 C8

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

J.P. Vigier’s Whiteboard: Coach Maurice’s first full season

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Two Canadian geese perch themselves for a perfect view looking at the surroundings from the top of a railway bridge near Lombard Ave and Waterfront Drive in downtown Winnipeg- Standup photo- May 01, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you think volunteers dragging the Red River is a good idea?

View Results

Ads by Google