So far, the only Synergy seen in the Jem And The Holograms movie has involved replacing most of the ’80s cartoon’s original elements with YouTube videos and Coachella-inspired costume design in order to court a millennial audience while making money off an older generation’s nostalgia. Now Billboard reports that Hasbro Studios and Sony Music/Legacy Recordings are releasing a tribute album ahead of the movie’s premiere because the show was about music, we suppose.
Truly Outrageous: A Tribute to Starlight Records features Holograms covers by real-life artists like Jukebox The Ghost’s Ben Thornewill, as well as former The Voice contestants Amanda Brown and Suzanna Choffel. The album is a kind of primer for the uninitiated (who also happened to like that terrible trailer), as well as a reminder that your stolen childhood can be sold back to you piecemeal. At least, that’s how we interpreted this statement that Hasbro CCO-bro Stephen Davis made to Billboard:
We really want this album to be a trip down memory lane for longtime fans to fall in love with Jem all over again…Music has always been at the core of the Jem series and there couldn’t be a better way to bring Jem back to the forefront of pop culture than to develop a tribute album with today’s contemporary emerging artists.
Truly Outrageous is available for preorder on iTunes and will be released on August 7.