Star-Lord's mixtape plays a pretty central role as the heart of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. And Star-Lord being a child of the 80s his mixtape is, of course, an actual cassette tape complete with handwritten album name Awesome Mix Vol. 1.
The compilation is from Peter Quill's dead mother and is the last link to his past, which is why he carts it around everywhere he goes like his life depended on it. Director James Gunn has said, "It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that’s the only thing he has left of his mother and that’s the only thing he has left of his home on Earth."
As any 80s child knows tapes could often suffer from the perils of the magnetic strip getting caught in the gears of the cassette player, potentially rendering it unplayable—and rendering you inconsolable. Or, if you could salvage it, you'd have to go get a pen and start the laborious task of wind it back in, hoping and praying that it was alright.
And it's that design fault—which was neatly passed over in the film—of this beloved format that is referenced in the awesome Lego stop-motion short above, created by Brotherhood Workshop, which you should watch immediately before doing anything else.
Such is the interest around exactly what songs might be featured on Awesome Mix Vol. 1, it's irresistible for interviewers to ask Chris Pratt to ponder what might be on there, as shown in the below interview.
In other Guardians of the Galaxy fandom news, someone created a Groot mod for Grand Theft Auto IV, which turns the Flora colossus into a variety of different characters, including a sexy Groot lap dancer.