There is a lot to look forward to in the work of James Gunn. Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special, from seeing beloved characters to meeting this guy Kevin Bacon. He is a great hero. Less joyous is the fact that the Disney+ launch leaves just one more outing for Gunn and the Guardians. But fans can cheer up by immersing themselves in the music that makes up the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special Awesome mix.
Music is as much a character in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies like Rocket or Groot. The music of Quill’s youth, and not incidentally Gunn’s, permeates these stories. It makes sense that even with a Christmas theme, it won’t be Andy Williams or Bing Crosby dominating the set list. In fact, this mix features two original songs, topping guardians of the galaxy vol. twoThe previous record of a single original song. (However, Gunn included David Hasselhoff in that one, so let’s call this a tie.) Behold the Star-Lord, and his incredible mix of Christmas songs.
“Dead By X-Mas” by Hanoi Rocks
“Dead By X-Mas” was released in 1983 as an exclusive single before the Finnish rock sensation’s breakout album. It eventually appeared on the band’s third album, self destruct blues. Despite publicly disbanding twice, the Hanoi Rocks lineup heard on this song recently reunited for original vocalist Michael Monroe’s 60th birthday performance. Thanks to James Gunn, they’re getting a little Christmas boost.
“Christmas Present” by Julián Casablancas
Famous as the lead singer of The Strokes, Casablancas has close relationships with the musical comedians of Saturday night live. He appeared in one of Lonely Island’s popular digital shorts called “Boombox”, but popularly known as “the boiled goose”. This song is the Casablancas version of the snl “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” sketch with Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz. Tracy Morgan and Chris Kattan.
“Mrs. Claus” by Little Jackie
Little Jackie is one of the newer bands on the Awesome Mix playlist, formed in 2008 when Imani Coppola and Adam Pallin named the group after the 1989 song “Little Jackie Wants to be a Star” by Lisa Lisa and the Cult. Jam. This song dates back to 2010 and may be memorable from a vacation Target commercial.
“Like Christmas” by Low
Formed in 1993 in Duluth, Minnesota, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker (and sometimes a bassist) form the indie rock band Low. “Just Like Christmas”, comes from their 1999 EP titled simply Christmas which features original songs and a few covers of staples like “Silent Night” and “Blue Christmas.”
“Christmas” by Smashing Pumpkins
Since Kraglin gave Peter Quill that Zune at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. twohis musical tastes have moved away from the 1970s and 1980s. Billy Corgan wrote “Christmas” for A very special Christmas 3. These compilation albums raised money for the Special Olympics and were a holiday party staple for the trendy adults at the time. In addition to appearing in the MCU, the band has just released the first installment of Atum: a rock opera in three acts. They also appeared in one of The Simpsons‘best episodes.
“New York Fairytale” by The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl
The Pogues are the giants of first wave Celtic punk, and “Fairytale of New York” is another song that became an unintentional Christmas classic. But it wouldn’t be punk if there wasn’t some controversy. Some of the language used in the narrative elements of the song contains slurs, but censored versions of the song do exist. The Pogues broke up and reunited more than once, as a punk band should be, even though they haven’t been active in years.
“Christmas Wrap” by The Waitresses
James Gunn keeps it in the 1980s for Marvel’s first planned Disney+ project, and The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping” is a delight from that period. The group was led by the late, great Patty Donahue until she left in 1984. The song is a classic new wave composition that feels exactly like ’80s pop is supposed to feel. be on the playlist all year long.
“This is Christmas?” for the wombats
The Wombats is another 21st century band with a 20th century sounding name and style. They have released five albums so far, and “Is This Christmas?” was a single from their debut album Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss, and Despair. Proceeds from this song go to MENCAPa charity that helps children with learning disabilities.
“I Want An Alien For Christmas” by Fountains of Wayne
This track is a bittersweet inclusion on the holiday special, because Fountains of Wayne founding member Adam Schlesinger died from complications of COVID-19 in April 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic. Formed in 1995, the band was a staple of alternative rock playlists. “I Want an Alien for Christmas” comes from their album out of state license platesreleased in 2005. Its inclusion follows the David Bowie tribute special.
“It’s Christmas Here” by Kevin Bacon and The Old 97’s and “I Don’t Know What Christmas Is (But Christmas Is Here)” by The Old 97’s
These are two original songs for the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special. Skilled musician Kevin Bacon joins The Old 97’s, who recently released their twelfth studio album, on “Here It Is Christmastime.” The Dallas, Texas-based alt-country band then adds their own track, “I Don’t Know What Christmas Is (But Christmas Is Here),” while playing rock and roll aliens. His music has been featured in many films and television series, including Gunn’s debut feature. Slide. Its name refers to the 1903 railway disaster involving the Southern Railway Train No. 97.
As Gunn’s tweet pointed out, the Awesome Mix for Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special will be released on physical media and streaming by Hollywood Records. But in addition to the original songs, fans can listen to them now and get an early start on the Christmas mood. At the very least, the special will provide a nice upbeat story before the bittersweet arrival of guardians of the galaxy vol. 3.
Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special Debuts November 25 on Disney+.