Did you Know the Pokémon Theme Song Could Have Sounded Differently?

“Catch ‘em if you can” just doesn’t sound right, does it?

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Ash Katchum and friends (Image Source: Huffingtonpost), crowdink.com, crowdink.com.au, crowd ink, crowdink
Ash Katchum and friends (Image Source: Huffingtonpost)

“I want to be the very best, like no one ever was”— Sounds familiar right? It should, because it’s the Pokémon theme song (or at least the first line).

But did you know that one of the key lines of the popular shows’ theme song could have different?

Well, neither did anyone else until someone from the Huffington Post contacted one of the songs co-writers, John Siegler, to ask how the theme song came together.

During his interview, Siegler revealed that the line “Gotta catch ‘em all” was the one that could have sounded completely different, saying, “Lyrically, it changed a few times. Because they kept changing their hook line. ‘Gotta catch ‘em all.’ Before that it was something else”.

Collaborator and co-writer of the original theme song, Norman Grossfeld, also commented on the changing lyric, saying, ““Catch ‘em if you can” was one of the original contenders and did make its way into an early version of a theme song”.

Fortunately, they came to their senses about the lyric and our childhood memories of this show and theme song will remain in tact.

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Rowena Nagy is a graduate of The University of Tasmania and has over three years of experience as a writer and journalist and brings that knowledge and skill to all tasks she approaches. She has also worked in radio, co-hosting and co-producing a news and current affairs program during her Bachelor of Arts Degree and received a second-class lower division score for her Honours thesis on celebrity, media, and privacy. Rowena aims to gain experience in all areas of media and has high career aspirations.