Thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy, 1970s pop stalwarts Blue Swede, the Raspberries, Redbone and the Runaways are at the top of the charts again.
The soundtrack Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is No. 1 on iTunes and Amazon digital-album lists (and No.2 in Amazon's overall CD sales).
The vintage music factors into the narrative of the Marvel Studios blockbuster. "We may not know the name or the band that sings it, but we know the songs," says director James Gunn, who picked hits of yesteryear for his soundtrack.
The back story: Before she died, the mother of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) gave him a gift -- a Sony Walkman and a tape of her favorite songs. So Quill's adventures have extra resonance.
Music was the emotional anchor needed to grab a mainstream audience, says producer Kevin Feige. "You hear Hooked on a Feeling, and it starts to humanize even the most alien of the characters."
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