Just when we thought we've reached the pinnacle of superhero fatigue, Marvel surprises us with Guardians Of The Galaxy, a zany space adventure populated with a talking tree, a rabid raccoon, and multi-colored aliens. It's this year's highest rated superhero flick (92%) at Rottentomatoes.com, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past coming in at a close second with a 91-percent aggregate.
Along with the lighter tone, one of the reasons that GOTG has received high praises is the official movie soundtrack—or to make it sound far cooler: Starlord's Amazing Mix Vol. 1. It appears in the movie in vintage form—quite literally—as a cassette tape made by Starlord's dying mom, whose only wish is for Starlord to hear her favorite hits from the '70s. The tape has found life after the movie, reaching the top spot on iTunes in the U.S.
Unfortunately though, not all of us were around when these retro hits were blasting on the radio. Apart from a few songs, we know little about these tunes. Here we fix that, so when you and your friends talk about Amazing Mix Vol. 1, you could go, "Hey did you know that Michael Jackson was on Jackson freaking 5?!"
You probably knew that last one already, but here are 44 other trivia you probably don't:
1) “Hooked on a Feeling” - Blue Swede
- Written by Mark James, who also wrote Elvis Presley's last U.S. Number One hit single, "Suspicious Minds," and originally recorded by B.J. Thomas, most popularly known for "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head"
- Covered by Swedish pop group Blue Swede in 1974, whose version reached Number One in the U.S
- Has been included in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs soundtrack, and was used as the "Dancing Baby" song in the '90s TV show, Ally McBeal
- Infamously covered by ex-Baywatch star David Hasselhoff in 1999, for which a mind-boggling music video was made
2) "Go All the Way" - Raspberries
- Reached No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1972, making it the Raspberries' biggest career hit
- Ranked #91 by Spin magazine in 1989 in their list of "100 Greatest Singles Of All Time"
- Used by Cameron Crowe in his film Almost Famous
- Covered by The Killers for the soundtrack of 2012 film Dark Shadows
3) "Spirit in the Sky" - Norman Greenbaum
- Reached No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1970, and top spots in the UK, Australian, and Canadian charts in the same year
- Ranked No.333 on Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time," a list released in 2004
- Was featured in the videogame Rock Band 2
- Was used in the 2013 comedy This Is The End, and Ron Howard's Apollo 13