The name of the soundtrack for the Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix Volume 1, suggests that at some point we could see a second volume. However, before Volume 1 sold more than 500,000 copies, there was actually a “Volume Zero” — or at least a playlist put together by director James Gunn and production sound mixer Simon Hayes and used between takes on the set of the Marvel blockbuster.
“As many of you know, music is an extremely important part of Guardians of the Galaxy,” the director explained on Facebook. “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.”
Gunn goes on to say that Hayes would also play music 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,” Gunn wrote. “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.”
Here’s the track listing, followed by a playlist if you’d like to hear them for yourself:
- “Never Wanted to Dance” – Mindless Self Indulgence
- “Party Hard – Andrew W.K.
- “The Way It Was” – Aceyalone (feat Bionik)
- “I Like It, I Love It” – Lyrics Born
- “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” – The Wombats
- “Start Wearing Purple” – Gogol Bordello
- “Ben Vereen” – Pigeon John
- “Teenagers” – My Chemical Romance
- “Black Fist” – Juskwam and Lyrikill
- “Timebomb” – The Old 97’s
And don’t forget that the first volume is free to download from Google Play.