'Surrender' - Cheap Trick
The first credit song, 'Surrender' by Cheap Trick is an upbeat song that follows nicely after the sad, regretful tone of 'Father and Son.' It's also, in a way, about parents, only this time celebrating what sounds like a loving, level-headed couple, who engage with their child, warning him to play it safe, but also finding time to enjoy themselves ("But when I woke up, Mom and Dad/Are rolling on the couch/Rolling numbers, rock and rollin").
Whether an intentional choice for its lyrics or not, Gunn reveals that the main reason 'Surrender' winds up on Awesome Mix. Vol. 2 is as a favor to the band for allowing him to use the track, 'If You Want My Love' on his earlier film, Super for practically nothing.
'Flash Light' - Parliament
The second credits song is 'Flash Light' by Parliament, which Gunn calls one of his "favorite funk songs." It's hard to resist dancing in your seat while it's playing, making it a song very much in the spirit of the Guardians. It also happens to play around what might be our favorite credit-scene: Teenage Groot being harangued by Star-Lord in a scene that hilariously continues the film's father/son thematic through-line.
'Guardians Inferno' - The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ends its credits with an original song co-written by Gunn and score composer, Tyler Bates. Inspired by Meco's disco Star Wars theme, 'Guardians Inferno' is a remix of Bate's Guardians theme with an interlude song performed by none other that David Hasselhoff. The lyrics are filled with references and in-jokes about the film, like "procyon lotor", the scientific name for raccoon rhymed with motor, "infantilized sequoia" for Baby Groot, and "I didn't learn parenting/My daddy was a planet!", in reference to Peter's biological papa. There's also a couple refrains of "Zardu Hasselfrau", which is what Gamora calls David Hasselhoff. Without question, 'Guardians Inferno' is a fantastic note to end on, wrapping the film with a jam that's both funky and funny.
There you have it, the meaning we found in every song featured on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's soundtrack, Awesome Mix Vol. 2 and why it winds up in the film where it does. Do you agree with our analysis? Share your thoughts in the comments!
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017