Elliot Lurie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Brandy

Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) scribe enjoys the interplanetary glow of GOTG's success

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May 12, 2017

Embark at your own risk, GOTG Vol. 2 spoilers abound!

Looking Glass's feel-good, chart-topping 1972 classic, "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)," has found new life as a featured track on Peter Quill's Awesome Mix Vol. 2. And songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Elliot Lurie is pretty darn stoked about it.

For the record, I'm listening to "Brandy" as I write this, and plan on doing so for however long this article takes. (That's right, I'm a method writer.) Not like it's some big chore or anything, for as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has reminded us, Lurie's song is easy on the ears. And also, impressively, good for facilitating plot.

The Hollywood Reporter recently caught up with Lurie and found out all about his song's perfect inclusion in James Gunn's latest Marvel blockbuster. Most interestingly, he conveys how well Gunn captures the essence of the song by playing it over the montage showing Quill's dad, Ego (Kurt Russell), and mom (Laura Haddock) getting into that Peter-making mood.

"It was very interesting to me that in the opening scene you have Peter's mom in a T-top convertible singing along at the top of her lungs on the way to a Dairy Queen in a spring afternoon. That is the way the song was intended when it was first written ... It was a story song, and the band I was with, Looking Glass, we were hoping and praying for a hit record that people would play in their convertibles with the tops down."

Well, they certainly got that hit, which Lurie penned at just 20 years of age. Still, even huge tunes lose their luster, and as a former 20th Century Fox film music exec, Lurie certainly knows the revitalizing power of classic pop-song product placement. Particularly when that song is used twice in a film, as "Brandy" is also perfectly expositional in the climatic conversation between Peter and Ego. But in case Lurie needed a reminder, THR reports that streams of "Brandy" on Spotify have gone up 1,795 percent. That seems like pretty good growth to me.

Speaking of me (again), I"m going to go ahead and stop listening to "Brandy" now (hallelujah!) and move onto my personal Awesome Mix Vol. 2 favorite, "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison. What's your favorite?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)