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James Gunn reveals his private ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ playlist

He listened to this while making the first 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Posted on Mar 1, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 11:13 pm CDT

Music played a key role in Guardians of the Galaxy‘s success, with Peter Quill’s retro “Awesome Mix” playlists selling like hotcakes after each movie. You’ll have to wait a while for “Awesome Mix Vol. 3,” but director James Gunn has something to tide you over: his personal playlist.

Gunn shared his “Awesome Mix Vol. 0” on Twitter, available to stream on Spotify.

This is what he listened to while making Guardians of the Galaxy, but it’s a little different from what we heard in the movie. Rather than focusing on classic pop from the 1970s and ’80s, it includes more contemporary artists like My Chemical Romance and Andrew W.K. Does this tell us more about James Gunn’s personal music taste or what those alien pirate parties would sound like?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently in the works, written and directed once again by James Gunn. It’s scheduled for release in 2020, but Gunn has already selected most of the soundtrack songs. The playlist will apparently take inspiration from Yondu after the first two movies focused on music from Peter Quill’s mother.

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*First Published: Mar 1, 2018, 6:48 am CST