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Re: Polkamon

Postby avesjohn » Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:02 am

So I haven't commented on this song yet. No more will the world have to live with this injustice!

It's an okay song, but I think you kind of have to be an Al and/or Pokemon fan to appreciate it. As my younger brother and I (and seemingly every other kid we knew) were Pokemon fans back in the day, I remember watching the anime on Kid's WB, playing the numerous games (Gameboy, N64, trading card, etc.) feverishly, and seeing the first movie at the theater. (And crying when Ash died, because shut up, we were kids.) We didn't see the the second movie until my brother got the VHS for Christmas; by my own request, I got the CD soundtrack to balance things out, 'cause I wanted Al's song!

So, having finished the reminiscing, has anyone else noticed that Al says Ditto twice in the song? :Y (Let's make this a running gag!)
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Re: Polkamon

Postby Eyeball Chair » Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:35 pm

I still own the CD with this song on it somewhere.
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Re: Polkamon

Postby drewdy9999 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:25 pm

I was listening to this song today and I'm curious... what's the context for it? I mean, I know it was in the credits of Pokémon the Movie 2000, but I wonder how its creation came about. Did The Pokémon Company contact Weird Al and ask him to write a song, or did Al just write this and decide it'd be well suited for the film? It's probably the former, but I'm still interested in finding out more information.

Upon doing research on this, I stumbled upon the Weird Al Wiki where it says the tune of the polka is based off of the "Follow Me" theme from the Pokémon games. Strange that I never realized this myself as I've played the games for probably 15 years, but I looked up the theme and I can totally see the resemblance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDAW0Hn11wI
Makes me enjoy the song even more.
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Re: Polkamon

Postby BullMoose » Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:23 pm

Really?? I'll have to give it another listen but that's definitely not the tune I would have thought of...
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Re: Polkamon

Postby Big Spoon » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:50 pm

So now that Pokemon Go is out and this song is suddenly relevant again, I've always wondered: When writing the song, did Al have to do any research on the names of various Pokemon for this? Granted, some of what he sings had a large part in Pokemon 2000 (like Lugia and Slowking) and others were just big Pokemon (like Pikachu and Bulbasaur), but then there are also quite a few thrown in there that aren't as popular as others (Mankey, Oddish, and my personal favorite as a kid, Lickitung) that come to mind.

Did Al just look up a list of names and decide off of that, did 4Kids give him a list of Pokemon to use, or something else?
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Re: Polkamon

Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:12 am

Never cared for Pokemon so I never bothered to listen to this.
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Re: Polkamon

Postby Annie27 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:38 am

YankoSwag 8888 wrote:Never cared for Pokemon so I never bothered to listen to this.

I don't like Pokemon, but I still love the song. It's so catchy. You should give it a try. You may like it.
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Re: Polkamon

Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:56 am

He seemed to have recycled this for parts of Angry White Boy Polka and reused parts of Bohemian Polka. The song was actually pretty good.
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Re: Polkamon

Postby LaikaComeHome » Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:13 am

I love this song! For a longest time I thought Al just made it for Poodle Hat or for craps and giggles, but I didn't find out until this year he wrote it for Pokemon The Movie 2000. I saw one of those "unfitting music" videos on YT with the song accompanied by George Bush getting hit with a shoe.
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Re: Polkamon

Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:41 am

Was this reworked in to Angry White Boy Polka?
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