‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ – soundtrack secrets revealed

Director James Gunn talks classic rock

At a press conference to launch Guardians of the Galaxy, director James Gunn revealed some of the secrets behind the soundtrack of the film.

“The songs that were used in the movie were chosen to be specific to those scenes so it’s not about what songs I like the best,” Gunn said.

The film features David Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’, 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ and ‘Cherry Bomb’ by The Runaways with the soundtrack available from Universal Music.

Gunn revealed, “All the songs were written into the script and baked into the story of the Guardians of the Galaxy which is what makes it work so well.

But one of my favourite scenes in the movie was set to ELO’s ‘Living Thing’ which we cut from the film. To me that was the main Guardians song. ELO seemed like their house band almost!”

Zoe Saldana (who plays green-skinned alien warrior Gamora in the film) joked that the soundtrack to the sequel, announced for summer 2017, should feature Abba, Hall & Oates and Air Supply.

Chris Pratt (Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord) reckons his character should try seduction to the strains of Lionel Richie: “’Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?’ That’s how he’s been getting with all of these fem-aliens!”

Guardians of the Galaxy follows a machine gun-toting raccoon called Rocket, a Vin Diesel-voiced tree whose catchphrase is “I am Groot”, WWE wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora and their leader, self-proclaimed “dude” Peter Quill, as they quest to save the universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy is in cinemas today.