Awesome Mix Vol. 3: A Fitting Change of Pace for the Guardians


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Despite having a bit of burnout on recent Marvel content — which has been so frequent as of late that even I don’t feel like I can catch up, despite being a big fan — I know I’ll be seeing “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” in theaters when it releases on May 5. The first two Guardian movies are probably among my favorites in the MCU, in large part due to the soundtracks.

The premise of the music included in the Guardian movies is that it is the songs on cassettes owned by Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) that he received from his mom before he was abducted from Earth in the 1980s. Thus, all of the movies’ music is made up of both hits and lesser known tunes from the 1960s and 1970s. At the end of “Vol. 2,” Star-Lord’s Walkman was destroyed, but he managed to replace it with a Zune with 300 songs on it.

This change is what brings us to “Awesome Mix Vol. 3.” The soundtrack album itself comes out May 3, but the tracklist has already been announced. Along with songs that fit the classic Guardian’s vibe — such as “Crazy on You” by Heart, “Badlands” by Bruce Springsteen and “Reasons” by Earth, Wind & Fire — it also includes some newer songs.

The album takes a step into the 80s and 90s like the series hasn’t done before, including songs by artists like Faith No More, the Beastie Boys and Spacehog. However, a song that I did not expect to see was “Creep” by Radiohead, in an acoustic version no less. It’s listed as the first on the soundtrack, so I’m really curious if it will be the movie’s opening and how it will be used.

However, something that I absolutely did not expect were songs from the 2000s to be in the soundtrack as well. When I saw that the movie’s first convention trailer contained the 2002 song “Do You Realize??” by The Flaming Lips, I was genuinely shocked. “San Francisco” by The Mowgli’s and “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine are also pleasant surprises, and I feel if any more recent songs had to be in a Guardians movie, those would be up there. Probably the most out of left field song on the soundtrack however is “Koinu no Carnival” from the anime “ClassicaLoid” which oddly feels like it makes sense, and I am really excited to see how this completely different song works in the movie.

While the movie does not come out until May 5, you should absolutely give the soundtrack a listen! I think the songs have a great mix and I am really excited to see how they will be incorporated in the movie.