DAVID HASSELHOFF is in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” soundtrack. The former “Baywatch” star and 1980s pop sensation provided the vocals for the only original track of the movie’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 2.”
“You know, I asked [director] James Gunn why he chose me. He said, ‘When I was 8 years old, I saw a show called ‘Knight Rider’ and since that day I’ve always wanted to meet you and to kind of live by the laws of the Knight Rider,” Hasselhoff said at the premiere of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” in Hollywood on Wednesday.
“I’m telling you man, that this show is so much like the ‘Knight Rider.’ But also more than that,” he added. “It was a lot of fun.”
Hasselhoff wasn’t alone in the endeavor to create an original tune that would fit in thematically with the movie’s epic soundtrack. Gunn himself joined the singer to provide his voice for the song as well.
“He actually sang the chorus,” Hasselhoff said, adding that his own lyrical contribution to the song is “more like a rap.”
Hasselhoff’s involvement in the project actually makes a lot of sense considering the time frame. Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), is a human who was kidnapped from Earth as a child in 1986. The soundtracks to both films are supposed to be mixtapes Quill’s late mother gave him as a gift, and most of his references are based on pop culture from the 1980s.
“The Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack was a huge success — it was the first soundtrack ever to top the charts that featured absolutely no original songs.
Like the first one, “Awesome Mix Vol. 2” is primarily made up of songs from the 1960s and 1970s, but contains one original song called “Guardians Inferno.” It’s attributed to the Sneepers — a “band” made up of Gunn and score composer Tyler Bates. It also features such iconic hits as “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO, “Bring It On Home to Me” by Sam Cooke, and “Surrender” by Cheap Trick, among many other classics.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” explodes into theaters May 5.