Jason Paige, the singer of the original Pokémon Theme, didn’t expect the song to become popular and knew nothing about the franchise when he recorded it. He considers the song to be a relatively minor part of his career, as he has worked with Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, and Frankie Valli.

‘Pokémon Theme’ Singer Jason Paige Still Wants to Be the Very Best

The “Pokémon Theme” is one of the few television openers that immediately inspires a Pavlovian reaction from humans 30 and under. The first few seconds — originally glimpsed by many back in 1998 — play out vividly, even in memory: Mew and Mewtwo flying majestically outside of Earth’s stratosphere as the cartoon’s protagonist, Ash Ketchum, stares up at the stars. He was a stand-in for all of us in that moment — a child eager to grow up, believing himself to be destined for greatness. It was an introduction worthy of a multi-billion-dollar franchise.

Young adults also likely remember the Pokémon Stadium-ready synths and citrusy, adolescent vocals that ushered the show in, week after week, with the following line: “I wanna be the very best… Continue Reading (7 minute read)

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  1. tossinthisshit1

    he also says this: ” I can safely say that most people who are *Pokémon* fans have heard the *Pokémon* theme song at least as many times as they’ve heard some of these popular icons like Paul McCartney or Michael Jackson.”

    he also doesn’t receive any royalties from plays of the song. he got paid money to record it and that was that. he doesn’t seem bummed out by it, and that might be why he considers it a small part of his career. if it had set him up for life, then maybe he’d think different, considering how aware he is of the impact of the song.

    “*Paige sang backup vocals at the* [*Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special*](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmau1Gb0LqQ) *at Madison Square Garden in 2001, which commemorated Jackson’s three decades as a solo artist.”*

    that’s a pretty big deal. that was a sold out show at MSG performing with michael jackson. no matter what your role is, if you’re involved with a show like that, it’s either a career high or a career maker.

  2. whollyfictional

    >he has worked with Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, and Frankie Valli.

    I’m not familiar with any of those Pokemon.

  3. zwingo

    Man imagine finding so much success that you create a song that every single child born for at least a decade can sing it even as an adult, and just shrugging it off like “Oh yeah, I did that thing. It was cool I guess. But check all this other stuff out.”

    Edit: just to be clear I mean that in a good way. Like imagine how cool that feelings gotta be.

  4. Argues_AboutNonsense

    Theres a video of him doing the recording. He went in 120% and I can appreciate that

  5. f_ckingandpunching

    I didn’t expect the Pokémon song to be from someone so…professional. I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way but it’s soooo different than a Michael Jackson song

  6. lionhart280

    Saw him live at Video Games Live concert, showed up for an encore as a special guest outta fuckin nowhere, everyone lost their damn minds.

    Sang the original theme, dude has some pipes, and they threw pokeball beachballs out into the crowd and cosplayers showed up, it was just a wild time.

    Seeing the pokemen theme sung live definitely felt like I leveled up as a millenial that night. The guy rocked out pretty hard too, was amazing.

    I wonder what it feels like, seeing an entire packed concert venue lose their damn minds when you show up because you are singing the theme song of some kids TV show from like, 20 years ago.

    I consider the pokemon them to be one of the top cartoon theme songs of all time, it’s just a masterpiece. Im not even a big pokemon fan myself, but mad respect for that theme. X-Men was also pretty dope.

    But considering the fact I could start singing that shows theme in any place right now and most millenials around me could be capable of joining in at the drop of a dime, that speaks volumes about how catchy and well executed the song is.

  7. tehKrakken55

    My school tried to prevent us from voting it our senior song. They unironically made votes for the Pokemon theme song count half. It still won.

    Then they just went with the song the class president wanted anyway. Most of us had never even heard of Rise Against’s 5th best song. It was some disenfranchisement BS. Don’t have us vote if we can’t pick what we want.

  8. Solipsism__Syndrome

    Dude also loves Ron Paul. He made a version of the Pokemon Theme about Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign.

  9. IRateClouds

    >The TV show’s popularity has decreased precipitously — which is to be expected for any show after ten seasons, let alone 18 — but it’s still running on Cartoon Network, albeit with a different intro; at this point, though, Paige’s vocals are associated less with the series than they are the entire Pokémon brand, which is enjoying the same sort of feverish popularity it had around the turn of the century, thanks to the ubiquitous Pokémon Go app. People are literally putting themselves in harm’s way in the pursuit of catching them all — falling off cliffs, stumbling upon corpses, and getting robbed. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the original “Pokémon Theme” is a hit once again: Its Spotify streams skyrocketed 382 percent the weekend after Pokémon Go debuted.

    The power of Pokémon. Incredible.

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