Lots of people were surprised by just how good Guardians of the Galaxy was when it first hit theaters, but I don't think anyone was expecting it to have the most slammin' soundtrack of the year. "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" lives up to its name, having topped the charts and gone platinum, so people have high expectations for its follow-up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The album, "Awesome Mix Vol. 2", is already available for purchase and streaming, and spoiler alert: it's FIRE. Not only does it include more songs from the seventies and eighties, but its got an original song featuring David Hasselhoff. Yes, that David Hasselhoff.
So, that was amazing. The song, "Guardians Inferno," is an original song composed just for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It was co-written by James Gunn himself and composed by Tyle Bates. On the track, it's listed that the song is performed by The Sneepers, but that's a fictional band; a Sneeper is actually the name of an obscure race of Marvel aliens. David Hasselhoff, on the other hand, is a totally real person and he provides his vocals for small rap.
Yep, David Hasselhoff raps in a song for a superhero movie set in outer space. And it's great! The track is delightfully campy and un-ironic, with a beat that gets stuck in your head. The song itself is about Star-Lord, and makes mentions to both Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot. Kudos go to James Gunn, who not only rhymed "Procyon lotor" (the scientific name for a raccoon) with "motor," but he also wrote this absolute gem of a line.
People may know David Hasselhoff his acting roles (Baywatch) or for cheeseburgers, but he did have a music career for a time. He wasn't particularly big in the states, but he really took off in Germany. He also sang a pretty awesome song for the short film Kung Fury called "True Survivor," which is also very heavily influenced by the eighties. If you need to transport listeners to the eighties in a campy song, The Hoff is your guy. Hasselhoff was asked to sing "Guardians Inferno" because he was one of Star-Lord's childhood heroes.
If you've got a sharp ear, you may have noticed that "Guardians Inferno" sounds pretty familiar. That's because the song is heavily inspired by Meco's disco version of the Star Wars theme, and "Guardians Inferno" is meant to be the same thing for Guardians. Here's the music video for Meco's song, which you can definitely hear in "Guardians Inferno."
You can listen to "Awesome Mix Vol. 2" whenever you'd like, but if you want to wait for the movie then hold on just a bit longer! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to premiere on May 5, 2017.