‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Embraces ’80s Music with These Record Covers
X-Men: Apocalypse doesn't come out in the US until May 27, but we've known for a while that it takes place in the 1980s. In fact, that's what inspired all the recent '80s X-Men fan art. Now the marketing team for the movie has gone a similar direction themselves, posting five images to the official X-Men Movies Facebook Page that insert characters from the movie into some classic '80s record cover art.
Cyclops was a natural match for Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night," although I would have gone with "Sunglasses All the Time" rather than "Optic Visor at Night," especially since that doesn't look like his actual visor in the image. Also it would have cool if there was a photo of Scott pulling on his collar like Corey does.
Jean Grey's "School of the Telepathic Mind" is my personal favorite, but that could just be because "Church of the Poison Mind" has my favorite cover art in the first place. Sophie Turner's face is a great stand-in for Boy George's, and it's cool that Jubilee at least gets to appear in place of Mikey Craig (the Culture Club member with the best taste in hats), since they couldn't be bothered to give her an image of her own.
"Hungry Like the Beast" is an obvious choice, but it's a nice simple design that works well. Presumably if Wolverine was featured in this movie, he would've gotten "Hungry Like the Wolf," leaving Hank to do, I don't know, "Beast It?"
Giving Quicksilver his own version of "I Ran" by A Flock of Seagulls is the obvious choice, and this is also the cover that hews closest to the original. In fact it's hard to recognize Evan Peters' face under all that photoshop. Also those sickly pink lips are an unfortunate compromise between the bold red of the original cover and the fear of making it look like Quicksilver's wearing lipstick.
Finally, there's "Let's Bamf," a take on Bowie's Let's Dance, featuring a very uncomfortable-looking Nightcrawler. Side note: I haven't seen X-Men: Apocalypse, but I'm getting the impression that Kurt looks uncomfortable through a lot of it. This is the only cover of the five that's taken from an album rather than a single. There is also a single called "Let's Dance," but it has a less memorable cover.
Considering there's still more than a week left until the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, I'd love to see another set of these featuring different characters. Storm's take on the Eurythmics' "Here Comes the Rain Again," for example, or Mystique's version of "Karma Chameleon." Obviously Angel could handle Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings," and Jubilee seems like a natural for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."
I'm looking forward to seeing X-Men: Apocalypse. Despite some mixed feeling about the movie series as a whole, I really hope this movie is a lot of fun. And whether it is or not, all this mixing of '80s pop culture with the X-Men in the run-up to it definitely has been.
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