Digital artist Steven Lear has an “unhealthy obsession for movies, music, and Photoshop,” and he ingeniously fused the trio of interests into one amusing project. Called Why the LongPlay Face?, the series is a mashup of popular tunes and Star Wars, imagining what iconic album covers would look like if they were replaced with the characters from the beloved films.
Lear’s expert photo manipulation seamlessly combines the likes of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader on the instantly-recognizable album designs. Some of Lear’s work is a play on titles, which undoubtedly inspires his mashup character choices. David Bowie’s Heroes is now called Solos and features the face of a young Han Solo rather than the Starman himself; and while Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die album features her name in big, blocky letters across the top, Lear uses the similar moniker to his advantage by placing Rey squarely on the cover with the title Born to Jedi.
There are many funny moments in Why the LongPlay Face?, but Yoda posing as the naked swimming baby on Nirvana’s Nevermind album is at the top of our list. It, along with other covers, are available as prints through Lear’s online shop.