Introducing Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mix Volume Zero from James Gunn

Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 4:46PM
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Guardians of the Galaxy
Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 4:46PM
Introducing Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mix Volume Zero from James Gunn

After the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, Awesome Mix Volume One, James Gunn has more nostalgic greatness for the fans. He just released the informal playlist, Awesome Mix Volume Zero. 

 

AWESOME MIX VOLUME ZERO As many of you know, music is an extremely important part of Guardians of the Galaxy. I chose the songs on Awesome Mix ahead of time, and even included them in the script. Where possible, the songs were played live on set - when you see the gang walking down the hall to Cherry Bomb, they were actually walking down the hall to Cherry Bomb. Likewise, the score by Tyler Bates was written largely before we started shooting, and we blared that sucker on set so the actors and cameras would all move in unison. On lighter days, our master soundman Simon Hayes would also play music on set between takes to keep people's energy up. He did this while shooting the credit sequence in the Temple of Morag, and he also did it for the Boot of Jemiah, so we could keep the extras hyped and alive and feeling like they were in a bar atmosphere. Being that these were night shoots, it helped to keep people awake as well! Simon took requests for the credit scene, but for the Boot of Jemiah he asked me to put together an AWESOME playlist of high energy party tunes. So I did, featuring some of my favorite tunes. My assistant Simon Hatt (50% of British people are named Simon) just found this list and sent it to me. So I thought I'd share it with you in case you wanted to make your own BOOT OF JEMIAH PLAYLIST - or, as known from now on, Awesome Mix Volume Zero.

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Where Awesome Mix Volume One, in keeping with the tone of the film, was a feel-good playlist, this is essentially a pump-up playlist. This is fitting, as, according to the caption, Gunn created this playlist in order to keep the cast and extras lively during long, slogging night shoots.

 

"As many of you know, music is an extremely important part of Guardians of the Galaxy. I chose the songs on Awesome Mix ahead of time, and even included them in the script. Where possible, the songs were played live on set - when you see the gang walking down the hall to Cherry Bomb, they were actually walking down the hall to Cherry Bomb."

 

"For the Boot of Jemiah [soundman Simon Hayes] asked me to put together an AWESOME playlist of high energy party tunes. So I did, featuring some of my favorite tunes. My assistant Simon Hatt (50% of British people are named Simon) just found this list and sent it to me. So I thought I'd share it with you in case you wanted to make your own BOOT OF JEMIAH PLAYLIST - or, as known from now on, Awesome Mix Volume Zero."

 

This movie sounds like it was just as much fun for the actors as it ultimately was for the audience. To top it all off, AV Club was kind enough to create an actual playlist of these songs and put them on Spotify. Happy listening!

 

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