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Those who have listened to the individual "Awesome Mixes" for Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may have noticed that they don't quite work like most movie soundtracks. Rather than playing in the order they are used in the actual movie, both albums have their own special order with no immediately recognizable reason. As I recently learned from writer/director James Gunn, however, the soundtracks are far from random, and instead specifically designed. The filmmaker told me,
So if you've been wondering why Awesome Mix Vol. 2 kicks off with "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra instead of "Brandy" by Looking Glass, now you know the reason. I've actually been wondering about the soundtrack order of Guardians of the Galaxy movies going back to the first movie in August 2014, and I finally got to ask James Gunn about it during last week's home video press day for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I inquired why it was that the order of the songs in the films don't match the real-life "Awesome Mixes," and he explained that it's all about treating the soundtracks like actual mixtapes.
That wasn't the only music-related question I had for James Gunn about the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, however. Not only do both films have track-listings that don't match up with the blockbusters that inspired them, but they also each have one song that was not actually featured as part of the cinematic experience (Awesome Mix Vol. 1 includes Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky," and Awesome Mix Vol. 2 prominently features Sweet's "Fox On The Run" as its second song). I asked Gunn while those songs were included, and David Bowie's "Suffragette City" didn't make the cut. His answer made plenty of sense, particularly if you're a fan who constantly re-watched all of the Guardians of the Galaxy trailers before the film was released:
And for what it's worth, "Suffragette City" was never going to be in the movie. James Gunn added that while it was a song that was considered for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 end credits, they ultimately decided to go with Cheap Trick's "Surrender," Parliament's "Flash Light," and the original song "Guardians Inferno" instead.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack has now been available for months, but the actual movie was only released on digital today. Keep on the lookout here on CinemaBlend for more from my interview with James Gunn, and look for 4K, 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD copies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe feature on shelves August 22nd.