Let’s get this out of the way. FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for it, but this has been so much fun, and I’ve learned a few things about me in the process. So, I was approached and asked if I could create a playlist to correspond with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. What was going to be a super quick thing, ended up being a rabbit hole of questions. C’mon. Join me in the rabbit hole! 

By now we all know that Peter Quill was abducted and taken to space, where the only ties he had to his life on Earth are the clothes he had on his back, and his Walkman containing a mix tape his mother made for him. And it’s a pretty amazing mix tape! We have listened to it many many times over the years. And I just took it at face value and ran with it. But, after being tasked with making one of my own, I was left wondering.

What was the meaning behind each of the songs?

Seriously, she was making this tape for her son so that he would have a slice of history. A bit of her life to carry with him. So, as much space opera played out in both movies, we are left with an untold story. What was Peter Quill’s mother’s connection to each song? It’s the greatest mystery, and one that will never really be answered now. And to me, that’s just tragic.

As I began compiling my list, and recompiling, and then erasing it and compiling it again from scratch, I found that every song I picked had a meaning. Some of the meaning was ‘I just thought it was cool.’ … but some of them? They have deep roots.

So, here’s my playlist: GotG Dad Edition!

And unlike Peter Quill’s mother, I won’t leave my kids hanging on what each song means for me. So, I’m going to do a track by track breakdown!

  1. Newborn Awakening- Jim Morrison: This is from a little known album released after his death. It’s mostly his poetry set to music, but this one…from the moment I first played the cassette, spoke to me. Also, catchy hooks and riffs!
  2. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne: Out of every song I’ve ever heard in my life, I have never once every heard this one played too loud. I discovered this one right in the middle of my headbanging, loud-music-loving period of my life. And it did a pretty good job of relating my feelings about life at the time.
  3. Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison: Heartbreak. This song was playing in the Top 40 when I had my first big breakup. There were a couple of weeks there when I would cry every time it came on.
  4. One – Metallica: I could have made three playlists of just Metallica music. They were the cornerstone of my teen angst years. But this song is a personal favorite because one of my fondest memories of high school was riding down the road with this blasting on a crappy stereo in a crappy truck with the windows down and ice cold winter night air blowing through the cab as my best friend and I yelled out the lyrics and drummed our hands on the dashboard and steering wheel keeping beat as we raged against the machine.
  5. How Will I Laugh Tomorrow – Suicidal Tendencies: Not gonna lie, I took this one off the list and put it back on and took it back off before deciding to put it back on. Why? Because I need my kids to know that I’m human, and that I had a particularly bad patch in my life. I battled depression throughout junior high. It culminated with someone stopping me from committing suicide at school. I was in a place of total despair with no light at the end of the tunnel. I need my sons to see that I was in a dark dark place…and came out of it. I want them to know that you can ALWAYS laugh tomorrow even if you can’t smile today. I’m living proof of it.
  6. Bring the Noise – Anthrax: There’s a lot to unpack here, but I was recently single, young, and for the first time in awhile, I wasn’t feeling depressed about life. I used to drive around town in a white Ford Fairmont belting this out just ‘bringing the noise’ if you will.
  7.  Self Esteem – The Offspring: I’ve always suffered from a low self-esteem. This one is exemplary of a girlfriend I had once…
  8. Tubthumping- Chumbawumba: This was my anthem. In fact, They Might Be Giants did a cover of it that my boys love. I love the idea of telling life, that no matter what you throw at me…you’ll never truly get me down. And I think we could all do with a regular dose of that!
  9. Dead! – My Chemical Romance: When I was 25, my mother died. It took me several years to get over it. It’s a long story that I don’t even have all of the parts to, but needless to say, when she died, it really messed with me. Several years later, my wife introduced me to this album, and this song just spoke to me about the impermanence of life and how that when you’re gone, it all just keeps going on and…that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
  10. Lake Pontchartrain – Ludo: I LOVE STORY SONGS! Period. And the story in this song is just awesome. It’s a very well crafted song, it’s entertaining…and I like to sing it at the top of my lungs.
  11. We’re Not Going to Take It – Dee Snyder: This is the acoustic remake he did a couple of years ago. I cut my rock n roll teeth on the original he did with Twisted Sister. But this one…it was made to bring attention to childhood cancers. Remember when I said I lost my mom? It was cancer. So, this hit me in a soft spot. Is it the greatest song ever? Nope. But it hits me in all the feels.

So, there you have it! There’s my Guardians of the Galaxy Dad Edition playlist! Except this way, the story gets told so my kids will know why I like these songs so much.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  was released on digital HD  on Aug. 8 with Blu-ray coming out on Aug. 22!

So, here’s the question: What’s the Soundtrack to Your Movie? What 11 songs would comprise your own ‘Awesome Mix’ custom playlist? If you’ve got a Spotify account, share your playlist below!


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