ELO tops Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2

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    It was good enough for Doctor Who, after all… [LINK]

    While director James Gunn was finishing 2014’s smash Guardians of the Galaxy, he kept getting one note from a few Marvel Studios employees. “Nobody,” he recalls them saying, “is going to want to hear this music.” Gunn had laced the movie with eight-track-era gems – Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” – but skeptics were sure that, say, Nineties Britney would be more commercial. Gunn’s conceit was that the tunes were playing on an ancient Walkman toted around by Chris Pratt’s character, who owns just one cassette, given to him by his mom on her deathbed: the homemade “Awesome Mix Vol. 1.” “They were songs that people had heard,” says Gunn, “but probably didn’t know the name of.”

    After a chart-topping, platinum soundtrack album, the awesomeness of that mix is no longer in doubt – and since the movie ended with Pratt’s character, Peter Quill, discovering “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” music will be just as essential to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, due May 5th, with its soundtrack album out April 21st. This time, Gunn had a bigger budget, which allowed him to include familiar songs from superstar acts: George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” (every band member watched the scene that features the song before giving approval) and ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” – which scores what Gunn calls “the most hugely insane shot I’ve ever done,” early in the film. “It’s the perfect song to start the movie,” says Gunn, “because it’s really joyous, but there’s a really dark underpinning to it.”

    “I’ve always said that if the Guardians had a house band, it would be ELO,” says Gunn, “and ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ is one of my favorite songs by them. We had a hard time getting the rights. We had to really fight to get the song, and I personally appealed to Jeff Lynne.” Lynne had previously approved a song for the first Guardians that Gunn ended up cutting, which made the process harder this time. But in the end, Gunn says, “I think we made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.”

    It’s pretty well known by now that Livin’ Thing got edged out by the Jackson Five for the last scene of the first movie. I guess Jeff was offended. It is, after all, a terrible thing to lose.

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    “I think we made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.”

    What? Did he put the severed head of a racehorse on Jeff’s bed? Did Luca Brasi hold his gun to his head and said either Jeff’s brains or his signature were going to be on that release contract?

    Man, those guys are brutal!

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