Through Pokémon’s long history there is a lot of memorable music from the main video game theme to the theme of each town you visit in the game. Not to also mention the battle music from the original games. But no matter what Pokémon music you are fond of there is on piece of music that, for the most part, every Pokémon fan can agree on is the best. However, this music really has nothing to do with the game itself because it is the theme for the American version of the Pokémon anime. “Gotta Catch’em all” as the song is called was used in the opening for the anime and pretty much any Pokémon fan then or now can sing it for you since it was one of those theme songs that stays with you. The song was originally sung by artist Jason Paige in the show and later on they made a second version that was used in the first Pokémon movie “Mewtwo Strikes Back” that added a second verse to the song and was sung by Billy Crawford. Also the most of the lyrics of the song were use in the theme for the third season of the show. The Pokémon anime has since changed the theme but it still stands as the one theme that everyone remembers.
Enter Powerglove a power metal cover band that is known for doing covers of video game music. This band made up of members from other bands started playing together in 2003 and have been rocking ever since. Their first song was a cover of “Dr. Wily’s theme” from Mega Man 2. The band did several other songs and finally made their first EP in 2005 which was called “Total Pwnage.” This EP included cover songs from games like Tetris, F-Zero, and even did a version of the Power Rangers theme. Then in 2008 the band came out with their first album “Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man” which included songs from other big video game titles like Mortal Kombat (hence the title of the album), The Legend of Zelda, and even Sonic the Hedgehog. Finally in 2009 the band made a second album called “Saturday Moring Apocalypse” which feature covers songs from TV shows like The Simpsons, The Flintstones, and the X-men animated series. This brings us back to “Gotta Catch’em All” which interestingly enough is the only song that they have done with a vocalist (Tony Kakko). This song shows the band’s talent as they make a twist on this classic. My favorite part is how the band turned this song into almost an epic piece that sounds like something you would hear in a summer blockbuster.
If you would like to find out more information about the band head on over to: http://www.vgmetal.com (just be aware that there is some explicit language used)