James Gunn Explains Why Led Zeppelin Isn’t In Either ‘Guardians’ Movie

James Gunn applies some clarification on the tracks he picked for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, and why there's no Led Zeppelin music on the soundtrack.


Led Zeppelin was one of the most influential rock acts in the 1970s, and since all of Peter “Star-Lord” Quill’s songs on Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and Awesome Mix Vol. 2 are from that time period, their absence is heavily felt in both Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Director James Gunn explained to The LA Times that there’s a good reason that they’re not there while more obscure bands are.

It’s no secret that the mix tapes were both made by Meredith Quill, Peter’s mother, and featured many of her favorite songs. Gunn also noted that one of the track choices (“Lake Shore Drive”) was a local hit in the midwest, where Peter and his mom lived until her death and his abduction, while another (“Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang”) was actually suggested to him by a fan on Twitter. But the real reason that he picked tracks like those instead of going with something like Zeppelin is that it wouldn’t have been Meredith’s thing.

“If you think about it, [the music that Peter listens to] would be way more like mom-rock. I mean, a lot of dads were listening to Led Zeppelin or Cream or whatever at that time. Maybe it’s the feminine side of me but I like that AM radio pop. People are always saying, ‘Why don’t you put Led Zeppelin in?’ I’m like, ‘That’s not my thing.’”

For now, it seems as though those of you who want to get the Led out in a Marvel movie will have to wait until Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 at the absolute earliest (since Peter Quill will probably end up with new jams to listen to in the likely event that he stops by Earth) – and given that Led Zeppelin isn’t really Gunn’s thing, don’t hold your breath. But look at the bright side: you can always jam out to that awesome Thor: Ragnarok teaser again.

Source: The LA Times