So Post Malone covered Only Wanna Be With You by Hootie and the Blowfish, and yes, we were just as confused as you were. The songs great, but read on to discover the potential meaning of the song choice.
On Thursday, February 25th, Post Malone released his exclusive cover for Pokemon’s 25th anniversary. The track is a cover of Hootie and the Blowfish’s Only Wanna Be With You.
Titled the ‘Pokémon 25 Version’ the cover is a guitar version of the song and includes various Pokémon video game sound effects. In fact, it actually samples the Ecruteak City Theme from Pokémon Gold and Silver.
But that’s about where the obvious links begin and end.
So, why did Post Malone cover Only Wanna Be With You?
Fans have been praising the song itself, but many have been left confused by it too:
“Why did Post Malone cover Hootie and The Blowfish? Why is it called the Pokémon 25 Version? Why did he replace the lyric ‘The Dolphins make me cry’ with ‘The Cowboys make me cry’? Why is actually a little bit good?” asked one on Twitter.
There might not be any obvious meaning to the choice, but the logical one is that of nostalgia. Of course Pokémon is a 90s institution and Hootie and the Blowfish were a 90s phenomenon. In fact, Only Wanna Be With You released in 1995, just a year before Pokémon was released in 1996.
As for the lyric changes, that seems to simply be an artistic choice. Well, Post Malone’s favourite team is the Dallas Cowboys, which is why he swapped the Miami Dolphins for them.
It will be on his Pokémon virtual concert setlist
Only Wanna Be With You will feature on Post Malone’s setlist for his appearance at the Pokémon anniversary concert on February 27th.
The virtual concert will be streamed for free on the official Pokémon YouTube channel and the Twitch channel.