Director James Gunn promises to share the full mixtape with fans soon
Guardians of the Galaxy features a tree-like creature named Groot, a talking raccoon and an electronic device just as alien to children of the digital age: a Sony Walkman containing a mixtape packed with '70s pop hits like 10cc's "I'm Not in Love," Rupert Holmes' "Escape (The Pina Colada Song), The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb," and David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream."
The archaic device belongs to Guardians lead, Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, played by Parks & Recreation actor Chris Pratt. "It wasn't in the comics, and it wasn't in the original script," explains James Gunn, 43, co-writer and director of the hotly anticipated Marvel Comics adaptation.
Gunn added the plot device to establish Quill's attachment to earth and an emotional connection to his late mother (who gave him the Walkman and the tunes). Gunn simply chose songs he believed Quill's mother would have liked, but he says, "There's also a sort of 'spacey-ness' about the tracks that reminds me of the [Marvel] comic-book writer and artist Jim Starlin."