Welcome to the first in a weekly run of my favourite tracks from the movies. Each of these will cover one particular track that’s caught my eye that week. As should be obvious from this week’s edition, they’re not specifically tied to a film being released this week, but future editions may be.
So, onto the very first tune! To kick off, I’ve gone with a song that helped define one of the big blockbuster hits from last summer, Guardians of the Galaxy. I’d heard the song before, albeit through David Hasselhoff’s enjoyably camp cover, but it’s this version from Blue Swede that I play the most. With that said, the original from B.J. Thomas is pretty decent and features a sitar. Groovy. Jonathan King’s version, which originated the use of tribal grunts in the intro, is okay but for me feels underproduced and, I’m sad to say, slightly amateurish by comparison.
But my main reason for picking this song is because I’ve managed to get my 3 year old niece hooked on it. No pun intended. It’s a fun and infectious songs and the “Ugga chakka” intro is a hoot. While it has been used many times elsewhere, it’s a song that perfectly fits the tone of James Gunn’s Marvel movie.
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