Friday, April 5, 2013

E is for Europe

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.


39 comments:

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I love that riff! You hear it everywhere, How many movies have used it? A lot. Cool choice today. I'm visiting from Alex's blog. Hi.

baygirl32 said...

I can play the opening to that song on the piano!

mooderino said...

Most catchy song of all time. Not necessarily a good thing.

mood
Moody Writing

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

As long as sports are played, that song will always be remembered.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And be sure to stop by today - surprise for you, sir!

Jay Noel said...

Sheena-kay: Thanks so much for visiting!

baygirl: Seriously??? That is incredible! Wish I could

moody: It's like auditory heroin.

Alex: Along with We are the Champions!

Melanie Schulz said...

What a classic! It gets my blood flowing just thinking about it!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

This ol' gal has to admit ignorance about this group. After listening to that song, though, I've gotta say, I REALLY like them. Thanks for introducing them to me.

Have fun with the A-Z!

Matthew MacNish said...

It's pretty freaking epic.

Rachna Chhabria said...
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Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Jay, nice to meet you. Followed you via Alex's blog. New follower here.

farawayeyes said...

Knew the music, but sad to say I could not have named the group if my life depended on it.

Teresa Coltrin said...

Love that song. Love it.

kmckendry said...

Oh my gosh I totally forgot about that song! Don't you just love those 80's hairstyles! hahaha

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I like The Final Countdown, but my husband would shoot me if he ever heard me play it.

Laura Eno said...

I'm rather amazed but I don't recall ever hearing that song...or that riff anywhere. O.o

Laura Eno – A Shift in Dimensions

Jay Noel said...

Melanie: Makes you want to go out and kick a soccer ball or something!

Susan: You're welcome!

Matthew: With that kind of hair, what else would you expect?

Rachna: Thanks for visiting

faraway: Now you can put a face to the song.

Jay Noel said...

Teresa: Me too!

kmckendry: Wait until Tuesday...H is for HAIRSTYLES

Diane: That's funny!

Laura: REALLY?????

J.L. Campbell said...

I've never heard of this group, could be because I'm tucked away on an island. ;)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Awesome post!!! I'm glad I found your blog through A to Z, and with a little help from Alex.
Great song, great band.

M. J. Joachim said...

Definitely a winning song for E, Jay, and I truly enjoyed reading some of the history behind it too.

Cassie Mae said...

I've never heard of them, but I do know the song. How did I not know who sang it?

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Totally love the song Superstitious, and the 80's. Never knew the name of the band. Thanks for the lesson.

Stopping by from A to Z
Jenn @Scribbles From Jenn

Milo James Fowler said...

Is it just me, or does anybody else think of George (G.O.B.) from Arrested Development? This was his magic show anthem...

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Came over from Captain Alex's blog because he so kindly put a link to your blog and gave you a shout out.

Love hearing that music this morning. Thanks.

Pk Hrezo said...

I forgot you were doing 80s! And I should tell you, tomorrow night we're going to an 80s party for a friend's 40th. (I think we're gonna dress up as old people and say I thought you meant in your 80s party. )lol
Can't say I ever cared much for that Europe song, but I remember it well!

The Desert Rocks said...

Not that familiar with this genre of music. I listened to the whole song and thought it sounded more like electronic-pop with some nice repetitive lyrics and cute singers. I always thought grunge was like heavier metal, dark and more screaming sounds that didn't make sense.

M Pax said...

Hey to be that well known for anything is fab.

Since you're a dude you probably don't remember printed shoelaces and putting two sets of shoelaces in those LA Gears.

Riann Colton said...

Ahhh the 80s. When guys had really pretty hair and really tight pants.

Hot on rock stars...not so much on the guys I went to school with.

Cynthia said...

I remember hearing the tune for this song whenever Gob did his goofy magic on Arrested Development. Hearing this song also gave me the idea that I could incorporate A.D. into my theme somewhere sometime this month. Thanks for sharing!

Miranda Hardy said...

Brings bad fond memories. I never did by their albums, but I do remember the hits.

Robin said...

I love all things 80s. Watching videos from the 80s takes a person right back to when MTV still played music. I think that station has forgotten that the M in MTV stands for Music. Whatevs. Anyway, looking forward to more 80s postings. (I read your other posts, too. I am soooo glad that Michael J. Fox was cast in BTTF. That movie would not have been the same with ES.)

Samantha May said...

Yep definitely went to Youtube for this one. Of course within 2 seconds of the song starting I knew exactly what it was!

Karen Tamara said...

I'm so glad I went to Alex's site and saw the link over here. Great site, I can't believe I haven't come across you before.

I am a child of the eighties, so all you had to do to win my heart was an eighties post. :) Thanks for the fun memories!

New follower...

Nick Wilford said...

It still gets everywhere! You can't not love it! Well, you can, but you'd have to be like, dead or something. :D

Dana Martin said...

Wow, so many comments on this one. I think you've struck a chord. :) Great job, as usual. Loving this theme.

Dana
Waiter, drink please!



Spacerguy said...

Catchy song, still used in stadiums today.

Can She Do It? said...

Jay, I have never heard this song before. And I do not recognize the riff from any thing else. Hmmm. Wonder how I missed it?

Rusty Webb said...

I loved them too, Cherokee was probably my favorite song from that album. And have you seen Hot Rod? It's practically a love letter to that album.

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