With only old-school songs, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tracks to No. 1

(From syracusenewtimes.com)

(From syracusenewtimes.com)

The last movie soundtrack to it No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart featuring a very big brand new song, song by that great woman singer who has the name that John Travolta mangled on the big awards show on national TV.

Yeah, “Frozen,” performed so well by Idina Menzel.

Now the soundtrack for “Guardians for the Galaxy” has taken that top spot, and it’s made history.

That’s because, according to Cinema Blend, it’s the first soundtrack to hit that exalted position without having a new song included. Yes, all dozen songs on “Awesome Mixtape Vol. 1” come from the 1960s and 1970s.

I knew we had great music.

So did James Gunn, who placed them so well in the movie, wrote Cinema Blend reporter Eric Eisenberg.

Also in my weekly Film News installment over on the Syracuse New Times site, I write about the fact that James Franco and Seth Rogen will play the characters from their upcoming movie “The Interview” during a half-hour show Sunday on MTV. And they’ll be interacting with real performers.

Odd concept there.

But not surprising.

“The Interview,” set for release on Christmas, carries a plot that features a TV journalist played by Franco and his producer played by Rogen heading to North Korea to interview its notorious leader. Then the U.S. government asks them to take part in its plot to rid the world of said leader.

If you’d like to read my Film News blog installment on the Syracuse New Times site, click the link below:


Has hearing an old familiar song in a movie made you go out and buy the record, and if so, which song and movie? Who do you think will seem more out of character Sunday night on MTV, James Franco, Seth Rogen or Nicki Minaj being interviewed by the fake journalist? Do you think you want to see “The Interview” when it comes out at Christmas time, and do you think North Korea will take justifiable political action against us?

21 thoughts on “With only old-school songs, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tracks to No. 1

  1. Even though I knew and loved the songs….I have to (laughing) admit that I have never been hip(ster) about anything. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I did know enough to love this movie and was one of the theater singers. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I think that’s awesome that the good old songs are still getting play! I just watched that recent Lizzie Borden movie and was disappointed that it included all “new” music. It made the whole movie seem out of place. (Normally, I wouldn’t have minded that music in a different context.) I think the North Korea movie sounds scary! As in, scary that they could retaliate because of it. I get scared when they make terrorist movies or even internet jokes for that matter, because we never know who may see them and target us. Even in my some of my books where I have to reference a malicious person, I go back to Hitler to be safe, rather than some of the more recent bad guys. Are you still enjoying the new job just as much? I bet it will be very pretty on your lunchtime walk in a couple of more months when the leaves change. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • It’s interesting to me that you even use real history in your novels as evil references, Rachel. I’d make up names! I am enjoying the new job more as I get more familiar with it, thank you for asking! And, interestingly enough, autumn doesn’t really affect downtown Syracuse that much because the trees aren’t the most significant part of the landscape, I think.


  3. Yep, after reading this Mark, I’m going to have to see the movie – love the old songs and raccoons. Ha! I think North Korea is nuts – how many films and books have been written in which US presidents have been killed? Oodles. They don’t have a leg to stand on.It’s fiction.

    Oh, by the way Mark, remember your recent post on lightning? Well, I had a lightning story a bit different that I had written some time ago but it was way too long to use as a comment on your post. Anyway, I did a guest post over at Cordelia’s Mom http://cordeliasmomstill.com/2014/08/14/blue-lightning-a-very-special-guest-post/comment-page-1/#comment-2029 that tells the story (most of it, I condensed it down from a 10 page short story). I’d be honored if you could find the time to drop by and let me know what you think. Any comments, criticisms are welcomed with open arms. Thanks Mark.


    • Paul, yes, there are plenty of films that put U.S. in tense places, I agree. And enjoy GOTG.
      Most importantly, I will make the time this weekend to read your lightning guest post, my friend! I enjoy your comments and Willow Sunday Cuppa posts too much not to be a fan already.


  4. i like the fact that we are hipsters by accident. ) can’t wait to see this movie and hear the soundtrack. after i saw ‘grosse pointe blank’ i ran out and bought the soundtrack. john cusak had selected some classics for this film and they were great choices )

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  5. Justifiable? Justifiable? I squash North Korea’s head. “I’m Not In Love” is on the soundtrack. Why would you name your band 10cc? I don’t get it, I say. Is it a drug reference bc everyone was on the drogas in days of yore?


  6. I said “Soundtrack of the Year” right after “Best movie this year!”

    I’m just happy to see “old school” songs coming out of the woodwork. Of course, I knew them first, so I guess that makes me a hipster of sorts (is hipster still a “thing”?).


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