Marvel released its latest teaser trailer for the second installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise this weekend.
In it, two songs were featured — the 1964 hit “Come A Little Bit Closer” by Jay and the Americans and Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.” from the band’s 1977 album Rumours.
One of the things that made the first installment so memorable was the soundtrack that gave the film a sense of nostalgia despite its quasi-futuristic setting. Thanks to Starlord’s “Awesome Mix” tape, the first film featured such 70’s era hits as The Runaways’ Cherry Bomb, David Bowie’s “Moorage Daydream” and Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love.”
If the teaser is any indication, the soundtrack for Vol. 2 will follow suit with the catchy but edgy songs of that decade. Since we may not know what this film will offer, musically speaking, until its release in May 2017, I figured it might be fun to speculate on some songs that I’d like to see included that fit the fun but edgy tone of the movie.
AC/DC — Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)
Growling vocals, shredding guitars and lyrics about being an anti-hero for hire? This should be a no-brainer for the Guardians.
Parliament — Unfunky UFO
George Clinton and the rest of P-Funk made a whole album about jamming in space, so pick any of the songs off “Mothership Connection.” I’m cool with whatever.
Television — “Friction”
It seems like every band from the mid-70s was making albums about space themes. That includes Television’s “Marquee Moon” from 1977. Like the Runaways from the first album, this band has that hard-driving, garage punk sound that works nicely for an old fashioned gun battle.
The Clash — Bankrobber
This song, which fits with the movie’s tradition of slightly underground yet still popular music motif, features vintage scratchy vocals by Joe Strummer, dark yet catchy lyrics and dirty guitars. If I had a rusted out spaceship, this would so be my road trip jam.
Electric Light Orchestra — Livin’ Things
This one was slated to be included in the first film but it ended up on the cutting room floor during editing. Theoretically, this means that the filmmakers already have the rights secured so it wouldn’t be surprising to see it pop up in the new film.
War — Low Rider
This song needs to be the opening montage. There is no excuse why it shouldn’t be.
Three Dog Night — Never Been To Spain
This was another song that had the rights secured for the first film but didn’t make it to the final cut. Don’t be surprised if they dust it off for Volume 2.
Queen — Killer Queen
I know Queen already plays a big role in the DC Comics movie universe but if there is any sense in this galaxy, there would be a Queen song included in every super hero movie ever made.
What do you think? Do you agree with these picks? What pre-disco pop songs would you like to see Baby Groot destroying aliens to? Let me know in the comments or on social media with #GrootRock