Song: I Only Wanna Be With You (Hootie and The Blowfish cover)
Artist: Post Malone
Album: Pokémon 25
When my buddy sent me this song this morning, IDK if I was more shocked to see that Post Malone dropped a Hootie cover or that it's in collaboration with the 25th (GROSS) anniversary of Pokémon.
I didn't immediately see the connection and honestly still don't, but now that a few hours have passed, it's 100% more surprising that Post Malone sang this for Pokémon. I just don't get it; is this a love song for Squirtle? Cause you know I can get behind that, I loved that cute mofo as a kid, but the correlation between the song and movie has me feeling like someone played confusion against me. It's gotta be about a Pokémon unless Ash and Misty are getting it on now?
As for connecting the Post Malone dots, it looks like he's a huge Pokémon guy and is headlining a virtual concert in honor of Pokémon's 25th anniversary on February 27th.
We've seen Posty cover rock songs before, and he fucking crushes it (even when the guitar is out of tune). Sure, I'm a little biased because I love rock and tolerate (at best) rap, but the dude actually sounds good as a rocker (unlike MGK). I'm sure he probably makes more money doing the rap stuff, but between what he did with Ozzy and the Nirvana live stream last year with Travis Barker, he clearly has the chops to cross over.
As for the song itself, it's solid. I love the personal touch switching the lyric to "Cowboys make me cry," but I feel like that's the perfect spot to mix in a Pokémon reference. I was shocked to see how many people didn't know Darius was talking about the Miami Dolphins and not the actual animal, as if the "I Only Wanna Be With You" video didn't feature Dan fuckin Marino. Still, then again, not everybody has a Ph.D. 90's rock-like Ole Dozo.
Even when I factor in romanticizing the past/my childhood, The Pokémon Theme Song is one of the best TV theme songs of all-time. You teach me and I'll teach youuuuuu. Pooookeeeeémon!
If you call it Pokéman, fuck you.