James Gunn Reveals ‘Awesome Mix Volume 0′ From ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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The Guardians Of The Galaxy sure know how to party hard.

Anyone who saw Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy has no doubt spent at least a little bit of time in recent months thinking about the film’s soundtrack, Awesome Mix Volume 1, as well as the songs that could potentially fill the eventual Awesome Mix Volume 2. I’ve done a lot of thinking and singing on these topics myself, but the one thing I never considered was the possibility of an Awesome Mix Volume 0, but guest what – IT EXISTS.

Writing to fans through Facebook recently, Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn revealed the track listing and story behind a compilation he has decided to title Awesome Mix Volume 0. The mix is not being released on iTunes or physical format, but Gunn wanted to share the songs with fans of the film because music has played such a big role in the movie’s success. He wrote:

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 byTyler 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.

The track listing for Awesome Mix Volume 0 is as follows:

1. Never Wanted to Dance – Mindless Self Indulgence
2. Party Hard – Andrew W.K.
3. The Way It Was – Aceyalone (feat Bionik)
4. I Like It, I Love It – Lyrics Born
5. Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats
6. Start Wearing Purple – Gogol Bordello
7. Ben Vereen – Pigeon John
8. Teenagers – My Chemical Romance
9. Black Fist – Juskwam and Lyrikill
10. Timebomb – The Old 97′s

We don’t have a playlist ready for this material, but /Film put together a collection of YouTube clips you can enjoy.

Guardians Of The Galaxy is out on Blu-ray this month and will almost certainly be a popular item this holiday season. If you haven’t seen it, see it. If you have seen it, see it again.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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