‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Reveals “Awesome Mix Vol. 0”

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Marvel's ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was one of the most surprising blockbusters of 2014 for a variety of reasons, but one of the most interesting side effects of its success is that it got people all over the world listening to a bunch of catchy songs from the '60s and ‘70s. Yes, Star-Lord's “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” mix tape took the world by storm, even reaching number one on the billboard charts. Considering how much the soundtrack informed the tone of the film, it's not surprising that the movie ended with the reveal of an “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” which we‘ll surely get to hear in the sequel.

Now, director James Gunn has revealed the existence of and “Awesome Mix Vol. 0” playlist. Yes, you're allowed to open Spotify now before proceeding.

In a new post on his Facebook page, the ever-candid Gunn wrote about how many of the tracks were written into the script and that they would often play the songs on set to get actors in the right state of mind for their scenes. However, he adds that he assembled a playlist of “high energy party tunes” to keep the cast, crew and extras pumped up and awake while shooting the Boot of Jemiah bar sequence. Thus, “Awesome Mix Vol. 0” was born.

Here's the full story in Gunn's own words:

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.

And now, here are the songs themselves:

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

As you'll notice, this playlist skews far more modern than Peter Quill’s, with a great deal of the music coming from the past decade or two. It's not going to be as instantly accessible as the time-tested tracks of “Awesome Mix Vol. 1,” but if you want to keep a bunch of tired actors in heavy alien make-up awake and alert, they should do the trick.

Since this is the internet, you can listen to all of these songs in the embeds below. Meanwhile, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is currently available for purchase on iTunes and will hit Blu-ray and DVD on December 9, 2014.

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