Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.
We all know the infectious keyboard riff from the song, "The Final Countdown." After Joey Tempest created the melody on a Yamaha keyboard, the other members of the band Europe decided to write a song around that riff. And that's how Europe's biggest hit was born.
The song was originally just supposed to be an opening song during their concerts, but people loved it. It became a certified hit after it's debut in 1986.
Even to this day, you hear that same riff played in sports stadiums all around the world.
Europe's third album, also titled The Final Countdown rode the coattails of this amazing song that depicts people wanting to get into rocketship and head for Venus. Rock the Night was the second single, and it too climbed the charts. I also remember the third single vividly, Carrie, as we roller skated to it. And finally, Cherokee became the final hit of this album.
Although it wasn't released as a single, I loved "Ninja." Yeah, it's pretty cheesy, but how many songs are out there about ninjas?
All in all, The Final Countdown went triple Platinum.
Europe released another album in 1988, Out of this World, and it's only hit was "Superstitious." I really liked this song, and it was more rock n' roll oriented with less emphasis on the synthie-sound. This album sold less that The Final Countdown, but still went Platinum.
Soon thereafter, the Grunge sound started to dominate, and pushed Europe out of the mainstream. They still tour together, but they will always be known for the song that is used to introduce football teams, wrestlers, and even married couples at their reception.