With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on its way this Friday we're getting all fuzzy and nostalgic for the first movie all over again. Here are the classic Awesome Mix Vol. 1 moments that will get you primed like Star Lord for this Friday's sequel.
Redbone - Come and Get Your Love
The scene that single-handedly transformed Chris Pratt from Parks & Rec scene-stealer into bona-fide superstar, as well as the moment that announced the film's intentions: this would be a Marvel movie unlike any before. Hands up who can watch this without grinning like an idiot and boogeying in their seat?
Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling
Ooga chaka! Previously used in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs way back in 1992, this rock hit sets the irreverent and upbeat tone for the adventures of Star Lord and the gang, although he's not having much fun whilst it's playing, what with being tasered by the Kyln's guards and being locked up behind bars. Just remember: don't steal his Walkman.
Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around and Fell in Love
Still one of our favourite musical moments, for a multitude of reasons. It could be the offsetting of the beautifully starry backdrop against the hilarious dialogue, as Star Lord (Chris Pratt) informs Gamora (Zoe Saldana) of Earth's mystical dancing hero, Kevin Bacon. It could be the way she unselfconsciously raises her voice upon listening to the song. Or it could be the infamous "pelvic sorcery" comeback.
David Bowie - Moonage Daydream
Wherever the Thin White Duke is right now, we hope he's having fun rocking out to both his own and other people's hits. The juxtaposition of Bowie's infectiously upbeat number with the awe-inspiring vistas of Knowhere (located inside the gigantic skull of a deceased Celestial) never fails to make us smile. It's the success of the film in a nutshell.
The Runaways - Cherrybomb
What better way to accentuate the quintessential 'tooling up prior to the battle' scene than with a blast of punk rock? The attitude-laden Joan Jett hit exemplifies the badass, no-nonsense attitude of our heroes as they prepare to confront the evil Ronan (Lee Pace) and save Nova Prime in the process. Just hold onto your artificial eyeballs.
The Five Stairsteps - O-O-H Child
Yet another point where Guardians reached all-new realms of awesomeness, the moment at which Groot (Vin Diesel) has sacrificed himself and the fanatical Ronan looks set to consolidate his power. But don't underestimate the power of a distracting dance-off inaugurated by Star Lord, especially when it involves a classic song like this. The scene's brilliant enough on its own - but have you seen the amazing gag reel? Dave Bautista's got the moves!
The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
The end of Guardians left us wrung out and utterly dizzy with glee. But there's one more treat in store that perfectly tees up the sequel, as the newly formed Baby Groot (motion-captured by director James Gunn) reveals his penchant for early Michael Jackson, whilst the unsuspecting Drax sharpens his weapons in the background. It encapsulates the tone of the film: irreverent, warm-hearted and with the most rocking of soundtracks.
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