What Kind of Pokémon Are You?
My Best Friends
The Time Has Come (Pikachu’s Goodbye)
Pokémon (Dance Mix)
Double Trouble (Team Rocket)
You Can Do It (If You Really Try)
1. Pokémon Theme
If you don’t remember this theme song that damn you lived a very sheltered life away from TV. Everyone should know the theme song to the first season of the anime. The fact that there’s a second verse/chorus, guitar solo, and even a final chorus blew my mind when I bought this so long ago. I used to know every single line of this song (and sadly still do), but it’s just a song that is so hard not to remember since it made the show what it was especially being the show’s opening theme and such. One of the easiest songs to point out.
2. 2.B.A. Master
I mean yes, this album’s lyrics is cheesy and all about Pokémon so there shouldn’t be a surprise when the title song is basically about what the whole series is about roughly. Now, I beef this song so much because I learned that ~Flame~ was a type…I’m guessing they also wanted to say Bird for more lulz? It’s an edgy kiddie song, but did they really need to add the kids and the little conversation in the middle of the song…who the hell was that…Giovanni? Iono, it’s just so out of left field for me…just iono…
3. Viridian City
Let’s be honest, Viridian City wasn’t what I was expecting from an album like this. I like the almost airy pop sound it has and I love the lyrics for it since it does follow the game in a rather pseudo way. Though hahah Viridian City isn’t important until the later half of the game which is funny. Now I liked the vocalist for this song a lot more than the one in “2.B.A. Master” and the MC wasn’t annoying either. Nothing like yelling ~we’re on the road to Viridian City!~
4. What Kind of Pokémon Are You?
Because we need a song that makes a Pokédex seem rather obsolete for a song, WKoPAY is probably one of the cheesiest songs the album has to offer so it helps that it came pretty early. I mean it’s rapping about types and a Pokémon that fits the typing. Even though ~kick your grass~ does not hide the fact this song wasn’t truly made for kids in mind at first. I really thought the rapping was uber-cheese, but the actual singing isn’t that bad, but it definitely could use some work. Don’t forget this was released in the primary generation and so you won’t hear stuff about Dark and Steel types since they didn’t exist. Not bad and the chillish arrangement is cool, but those parts are filled with the bad rapping. ~Watch out for Mewtwo!~
5. My Best Friends
Ok, we aren’t out of the dangerous section of the album just quite yet. My Best Friends sounds like it could’ve been cool (especially with the guitar riff at the beginning, but that chorus is so bad in lyrical form, since it’s that sentimental and just omg icky to listen to. The tropical verses are nice, but the chorus just ruins everything. Sorry, but it’s my least favorite song on the album.
6. Everything Changes
Today when I listen to the album, I only pass up a few songs on the album. Everything Changes might be my only regret for not paying attention more since it’s different from the songs before since it’s got some synths going on and has a certain mystery to it. Whoever is singing it sounds nice. I like the lyrics since they aren’t so overbearing and make small allusions to the general reasoning of Pokémon, but it’s slight and not thrown at ur face. Though did they had to insert the Metapod < Butterfree evolution scene? They do this a bit in this album so prepare for random scenes in the songs. It’s a good track though.
7. The Time Has Come (Pikachu’s Goodbye)
Oh man, this song can be a tearjerker when you are in the worst of moods. Trust me, it caught me off guard at least once. I oddly remembered that a guy sang this on the show, but the album makes it that a female sung it instead. It’s sappy, a little cheesy, and the music is kind of dated somewhat, but the gal singing sounds really pretty here. Like it makes you surprised that it’s so sad in both context and emotionally…it’s so weird but so good and I like when a ballad is able to pull that off.
8. Pokémon (Dance Mix)
Wait! we go from a heartwrenching ballad to a dance mix? Well, I guess flow can be thrown out the window. The biggest thing I remember is the vocalist was HUGE in the disco era and of course hearing this song having that slight sound is great and let’s be honest she sounds amazing even when ad-libbing. Then hearing this song being used in the CM’s for the first movie made it awesome. It stands out so hardcore from the album since it’s the only song besides “Viridian City” that makes you get up and dance.
9. Double Trouble (Team Rocket)
Wait, Team Rocket gets their own song? Well, I can’t blame them because this song just oozes sinister and slyness that I loved with the early TR. Even better is that they got the voice actors from the show to sing in the song and I was like oh this must be pretty epic. I mean Meowth doing a lil singin is funny to picture. It’s trying to say that TR is badass and we all know how much BS is that XD.
10. Together Forever
I’ll be honest, I’m biased more for this song. It’s basically “My Best Friends” pt. 2, but I love the vocals a whole lot more than in that song. It’s still about friendship and all that sugary stuff and includes another snippet from the show (well, actually it might be original spoken lines). It’s still however might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it sounds a whole lot more easier on the ears and not as cheesetastic.
11. Misty’s Song
I like that for our next song that they used the voice actors for some new material here. Though did they had to pull one of the cruelist jokes on the fans by making this a song about Misty wanting to make out with Ash? Yeah, I partially blame this song for starting up the whole AshxMisty ordeal and making it last so long with no official answer as to what might’ve happened since they alluded towards it many-a-times during the seasons before she left. Now I don’t know if the gal singing is the official VA for Misty, but she sounds nasally as all hell and add the uber cheese lovey-dovey lines about one-sided love it’s just so wrong xD. Thx….this is going to bother people to no end!
Wow, really you’re gonna stick the whole damn Pokémon list on here…all 150 (remember Mew really didn’t exist to us at the time). Now I have to give props because naming off all 150 of these blasted things takes a lot of dedication and rather a lot of patience since he’s doing this all out of random and not by the national dex and all that. He does them through I think 19-20 maybe at a time and there’s a little interlude in between each to make it not boring? Iono, but hearing this really brings a lot of nostalgia to us older guys since it played at the end of each episode in the Kanto episodes. Just as memorable if not more than the opening theme.
13. You Can Do It (If You Really Try)
I’m surprised the album didn’t just finish off with that last song. However, You Can Do It is an acoustic song, but it sounds like a rather rejected Christian song because of the whole positive attitude of the song and minor nods towards it. It doesn’t even sound like it’s Pokémon related and I’ve never even heard it on the Anime at all, so this stands out on the album. I just can’t get the fact it sounds so…religious almost.
Song of Avoidance
Yes, this album is a big drop of nostalgia for me because of my knowledge of them from so long ago (was one of my first 5 albums to be exact). This has some of the shows bigger songs and that’s great, but listening to it today has changed my outlook. Most of the album’s faults comes in the cheesy lyrics found in most if not all the songs, I mean yes, this is geared towards kids so I won’t fault that. However some were just bad even at my age then, I knew these were ugh lyrics in some of them. It’s a novelty album for sure and I mean it’s really the only place to hear some of these better songs that were shown off in clips (they replaced the PokéRAP during the near end of the Indigo League era).