We are only a few weeks removed from what may have been the biggest movie of 2014 so far: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. A hit not just because of its light-hearted sense of humour and a well-balanced array of acting talent, but also a classy, nostalgic soundtrack that will prove memorable for much more than tiny Groot's dance moves during the end credits.
Thus, while Redbone's Come and Get Your Love may be a retro hit from 1974 that many younger Marvel fans would not have heard before, it once again finds itself relevant 40 years later. This is the song that accompanies Peter Quill (Chris Pratt's character in the film) as he dances his way towards a coveted orb in one of the opening scenes, setting up both the main story thread and tongue-in-cheek nature of what could be Marvel's most entertaining film so far.
Back in 1974 though, this single was just as big a deal, reaching the Top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart that year. Redbone were a Native American/ Latin rock group that were said to have paved the way for Native Americans to be taken more seriously in entertainment. I'm not entirely convinced they achieved that aim, if indeed it was an aim, but this song is nevertheless a unique tune that makes you want to dance when you hear it.
Clearly it has timeless qualities as well, enabling audiences to engage with it all these years later. The video below is a live performance of the song from Burt Sugarman's 'Midnight Special' in 1974.
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