Even if you've resisted the urge to download Pokémon GO to your smartphone and make a fool of yourself in public, there's a good chance that if you were to hear the opening notes of the iconic Pokémon TV show theme then you wouldn't be able to stop yourself joining in. It's a classic theme that even those who have never watched the show tend to know word-for-word.
Now, nearly 20 years after recording that famous song, original singer Jason Paige has published the first official studio video recording - and he sounds absolutely perfect, despite the inexorable passage of time.
He looks so passionate while singing it, it's awesome!
Here's the thing with singers - they use their voice so much, it barely ages a day. Same deal with voice actors. Remember the late Alan Young when he reprised his role as Scrooge for DuckTales Remastered? Yep!
Its been 3000 years....
(i'm sorry i had to say that)
Defo a classic, but I must say the remake they did for the Pokemon X&Y opening wasn't half bad.
They definitely needed it after a string of pretty underwhelming opening songs (basically hit a low point with the first Diamond & Pearl intro and stayed pretty much down there with a few glimmers of hope but a far cry from precious themes).
Randomness: I saw Jason in a Las Vegas show last year, playing Harold Zidler out of Moulin Rouge. Before the show, he came over to our seat and did a magic trick. And yes, he sang that version of Like A Virgin...
Watching this just gave me goosebumps! And I still know every word lol
Technically the first was Mezase Pokémon master, but yeah this is still good.
Wait, the original singer was a dude? I kept imagining a large, possibly black woman, for all these years...
Now THAT was impressive!
Why did he sing it again?
This should be the national anthem
I always thought it was a woman singing the song. And I have to say, he almost sounds better than the original version he did!
And it's still the best Pokemon theme tune.
Wish they would've included that amazing second verse too!
@AlexSora89 At 93!
And now he's a legend just like the awesome song.
This song is a time machine. Whenever I hear it, I'm transported back to the late 90s/early 2000s. I remember listening to this song on a CD, playing the games on my Gameboy, religiously watching ever new episode of the anime. Good times.
He also sung The Rock's (parody) version, which you can find on his (The Rock's) Youtube channel.
@Ralizah You mean the 2BA Master CD? Almost sad to say my love of that CD outlasted my interest in the games AND the anime...
@RadioDog That's the right/best way to sing Emoting
@RadioDog He's got a lot to be proud of - he's gotten to see this stupid video game tie-in anime he he was hired to do a cover of the open for as a punk-ass kid, grow into an absolute juggernaut over the last 20 years, fixing his voice at the center of a cultural phenomenon.
Showing some passion should come easy!
How about that pizza guy that ran for president? Can he sing it?
IMO, this theme is sort of lesson on how to do it right. A tv show/property can be lifted to legendary status with a killer theme song.
I also am not gonna lie that it makes me power up my Pokemon game at the time every time I hear it
@CanisWolfred Haha I thought I was the only one.
Dude, that was pretty awesome to watch. The guy definitely has passion for what he does. Good for him!!
Truly amazing! This made my (admittedly bad) day!
Eeyup. I've heard many voice actors in my country whose voice never changed. Davide Garbolino (Ash Ketchum, Son Gohan, adult Shinichi/Jimmy Kudo)? Same voice twenty years later. Emanuela Pacotto (Bulma Briefs, Team Rocket's Jessie, One Piece's Nami)? Still got it. Same goes for singers - Gianni Morandi, now more famous for his snarky responses on social networks, still has the same voice he had back when TV wasn't even in color.
People who use their voice for a living age in everything but their voice.
@AlexSora89 My voice changes a little day to day and throughout the day, heh, but I've been a bass-baritone since a teenager and can almost always produce a good tone.
I'm very hesitant of going back to singing professionally, though a piece of my heart yells yes.
Just wanted to share that, sorry for bothering.
What are you even apologizing for? It's cool, man! I posted my usual bunch of Italian trivia and you replied with your own doubts, which is cool to share (as long as you're not on 4chan, anyway).
My suggestion is to make the most of whatever talent you have, as everything we excel in can be considered a muscle - biceps, legs, even unmentionable body parts that keep a certain naughty movie industry afloat. Every part of our body is a muscle that can make us excel in a certain field and your vocal cords are no exception. If you're a baritone, keep doing that. Even if you think your voice will change over time, keep going forward and it won't age one day.
@FX102A Heeey don't be dissin' the Diamond and Pearl intro. It's sooo catchy
Anyone else go into the second verse on their own? The video cut too early! "Every challenge along the way, with courage I'll face. I will battle every day to claim my rightful place!"
i'll just leave this here https://youtu.be/ev3VwmpBXyo
Although the intro is a bit weak, Tony kakko does pretty good.
If they ever make a new F-Zero id love to see powerglove do the music.
Also good to hear the original singer's still got it.
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