If you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy – and even if you haven’t seen it yet – you understand how integral the role of music is in to the film. When “Hooked on a Feeling” starts pumping through Star-Lord’s Walkman headphones and the theater speakers, it isn’t just to add a layer of kitschy value; it’s part of the film’s emotional core. Without spoiling anything, each of the film’s splendidly curated tracks not only add to the movie’s diegetic value, but give the film a throughline of sorts that I haven’t seen on screen in quite some time.
While I was busy getting every other actor in Guardians of the Galaxy to give me their best “I am Groot” impressions, I had a chance to sit down with The Collector himself, Benicio Del Toro, and our conversation took a turn for the musical. Specifically, I asked him what would be on his Awesome Mixtape, Vol. 1, and little did I know how enthusiastic his response would be.
Naturally, I put together a little Spotify playlist of what might be on Del Toro’s Awesome Mixtape for your listening pleasure.
A few notes: a couple artists he mentioned weren’t available on Spotify and I wasn’t about to subject you to some cover band. Also, off-camera, Del Toro mentioned Morrissey, hence the closing track (and my undying love for Morrissey).
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