Guardians of the Galaxy: Soundtrack of the Summer


Story by Gavin Sunderland, Page Editor

Guardians of the Galaxy was a summer hit, and will be a trailblazer for future Marvel movies. This was a readapted version of the comics from the 1960s, with a slice of new age comedy. This movie is about one man’s journey across the galaxy in hopes of defeating Ronan, a ruthless leader of the Kree Empire.

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a human that does odd jobs around the galaxy after he was abducted by a group of space pirates. Quill’s latest job was to retrieve an orb for a jewel dealer. He ran into trouble when he was intercepted by Korath, a follower of Ronan. Quill escapes with the orb, but now has to face being chased by multiple groups who now want to capture him so they can receive his bounty. One group that tries to bring him in is a talking raccoon named Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and a giant living tree named Groot (Vin Diesel). Rocket and Groot run into trouble when Ronan’s subordinate, Gamora, goes after the orb that is currently in the possession of Peter Quill. They are all arrested, but end up teaming up in jail to try and sell the orb to make a profit and ultimately defeat Ronan. This unlikely team runs into many issues regarding authorities, Ronan and his people, and even the pirates that first abducted Quill.

The soundtrack of this film reached number one on the Billboard 200. It is the first number one soundtrack to be completely composed of songs that were pre-released many years before the film even began to shoot. Some songs include ‘Come and Get Your Love,’ by Redbone, released in 1974, ‘Hooked on a Feeling,’ by Blue Swede, also released in 1974, and ‘Spirit in the Sky’ by Norman Greenbaum, in 1974. The soundtrack is incorporated not only as background music, but is played through a cassette that was given to the main character by his mother before she passed away. So there is an emotional attachment to the songs and they are perfectly relevant to the actions. The music Quill carried with him was his guardian while he was traveling the galaxy.