Post Malone has used Sing on both Pokemon and music fans, and it is very effective! The 25-year-old singer/songwriter has released a cover of Hootie and the Blowfish’s 1995 single, “Only Wanna Be With You” ahead of his performance at the Pokemon Day Virtual Concert.
Officially christened as the Pokemon 25 Version, Post Malone’s rendition of the mid-90s hit swaps out the beachy ukelele sounds heard in the original song and inserts flourishing guitar echoes and sound effects that have been sampled from every Pokemon game in its 25-year history. If you listen to the song closely in the video below, you’ll notice that he replaced “Dolphins” with “Cowboys” in the lyric, “I’m such a baby ’cause the Cowboys make me cry.”
In case you’re wondering whether Malone was talking about actual cowboys making him cry, I looked up the lyrics to the original song on Genius and realized that each musician was referring to the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys, respectively, not the actual animals and people.
Post Malone will be performing “Only Wanna Be With You” at the Pokemon Day concert, which you can watch for free on Pokemon’s YouTube channel and Twitch on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. EST. The song is also available on all music streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
“Only Wanna Be With You (Pokemon 25 Version)” is the second song Post Malone produced for a media franchise as popular as Pokemon. In 2018, he wrote “Sunflower” with Swae Lee for Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, which topped the Billboard charts and became the most popular song from a Spider-Man soundtrack, surpassing Chad Kroeger’s “Hero” from the 2002 Tobey McGuire film soundtrack.
The combination of Post Malone’s cover of “Only Wanna Be With You” and Pokemon seems to be a sign of a resurgence of popular artists producing music for the Pokemon franchise. When the first two Pokemon films came out back in its heyday, teen groups and solo artists from M2M to Donna Summer to even Britney Spears contributed their songs to the film soundtracks but were either featured in the movie or not at all. Donna Summer wrote “The Power of One” as the theme song for Pokemon the Movie 2000. With Post Malone contributing his music to Pokemon after Katy Perry, there may be no shortage of other artists popular today who could join the Pokemon 25th anniversary party.
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