The song was written by Joey Tempest and Mic Michaeli in An early version of the song that consisted of just keyboards and vocals, was played on a tour in Sweden the same year. The demo version was similar, but the final version that was included on the album The Final Countdown included the whole band playing.
On Europe tours following the band's reunion in , an acoustic version of "Carrie" has been played, with Tempest performing the song on an acoustic guitar. In recent years, however, the band has switched back to the arrangement of the album version. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved Friday 10 July Saturday 11 July Sunday 12 July Monday 13 July Tuesday 14 July Wednesday 15 July Thursday 16 July Friday 17 July Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July Monday 20 July Tuesday 21 July Wednesday 22 July Thursday 23 July Friday 24 July Saturday 25 July Sunday 26 July Monday 27 July Tuesday 28 July Wednesday 29 July Thursday 30 July Friday 31 July Saturday 1 August Sunday 2 August Monday 3 August Tuesday 4 August Wednesday 5 August Thursday 6 August Friday 7 August Saturday 8 August Sunday 9 August Monday 10 August Tuesday 11 August Wednesday 12 August Thursday 13 August Friday 14 August Saturday 15 August Sunday 16 August Monday 17 August Tuesday 18 August Wednesday 19 August Thursday 20 August Friday 21 August Accept Cookies Customise Cookies.
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Europe Format: Audio Cassette. There are tracks on the album that he might as well have just stayed at home for considering his place in the final mix. David Cox: Europe and Bon Jovi were about as heavy as my musical preferences went. This album I played non-stop. Probably haven't listened for 20 years but played it on the way home last night.
It's full of great memories. It's a harmless album. Cheesy but they were always a bit more fun weren't they! John Atkin: Puppy dog looks, cheesy grins and an ear for a Eurovision-style pop hook took Europe out of the rock world and into the mainstream in the same way as that wah-oo-wah vocoder line in Livin' On A Prayer did for Bon Jovi.
Never as dangerous as Crue, or as sleazy as Ratt, they were the hard rock bands you could play at the end of a wedding disco. Few albums can go wrong when they follow the 'two-bangers-and-a-ballad' formula for the opening three tracks. Who knew they secretly hankered after being Deep Purple. The music was a bit derivative, the lyrics hackneyed even then, and, yes, they are let down by the production, but there's a real joy to the songs and looking back it seems so obvious that they could mature into the band that recorded albums like of Bag Of Bones.
But then hindsight's a wonderful thing. I was a big fan of hair metal back in the day so naturally purchased this on the day of release. As has been mentioned, the previous album Wings Of Tomorrow is a better album with far more riffs and guitars.
The Final Countdown just kind of blips along and never fully gets boiling. John Davidson: Although released when Bon Jovi's ascent to stardom was assured and Whitesnake had reinvented themselves as poodle rockers for MTV, Europe brought some continental cheese to the Headbanger's Ball.
But it's not great either, and there's no virtuoso guitarist to lift the the album out of solid mediocrity. Thore Vollert: This is a great piece of 80s zeitgeist and testament to Europe's not just the band - the continent contribution to Arena Rock: big curly hairspray, airplay anthems and just flat-out great Hard Rock. Personally, I recommend checking out Europe's earlier work, like their debut Europe or 's follow-up Wings Of Tomorrow. Carl Black : The title track is banger, a stonewall banger, I can remember waiting for Sum 41 to come on at the Reading Festival.
They were all set up, the sun was setting, I had a full pint and all my mates were around me. The stage was set, and then The final countdown rang over Richmond Avenue. It's was perfect, it put everyone in the best mood. You just couldn't help but smile. The song did it again for me when I listened to it this week, all the components are right.
But what of the rest of the album? It's sugary and very sweet. A doughnut dipped in chocolate and covered in sugar.
Heavy processed guitar drowned out by 80's synth, some of which reminded me of the music used during the Rocky IV montages. Not an unpleasant experience for most of the other songs, with the exception of Carrie , that's was dreadful.
I almost got caught out with the last song. For a second it sounds like a reprise of The Final Countdown , but then changes. Most of the marks I'll give are for the title track, the rest is not for me, I'm off to brush my teeth and go online and try and find some footage of Sum 41 at Reading.
How many songs could we get away with putting that at the start? Try it again on this one. Now, make it sound earnest and heart felt. Clench your fist and punch the air. No, no, no!
This was everything I hated when I was in school. Duff production. Duff lyrics. The promotional music video for "The Final Countdown" was shot partly during the soundchecks for those concerts and partly during the actual concerts. Europe went on a Japanese tour in September ,  playing four concerts in Tokyo and one concert each in Nagoya and Osaka. On 15 April the band started their first U. Another Tempest-written song that was recorded during the sessions, "On Broken Wings", was used as a B-side on the "Final Countdown" single.
In , Sony released a remastered version of the album with expanded liner notes and three bonus tracks, live takes of "The Final Countdown", "Danger on the Track" and "Carrie", taken from the Final Countdown World Tour home video that was taped at Hammersmith Odeon in London In , Rock Candy Records released a remastered version with another three bonus tracks and expanded liner notes, a version of " Seven Doors Hotel ", b-side remix of "Rock the Night" and "On Broken Wings".
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Europe — "The Final Countdown". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2 October Epic Records. EPC Live from the Dark DVD. Warner Bros. Classic Rock. Music Players. Sveriges Radio P4.
Archived from the original on 18 August Retrieved 24 JuneThe Final Countdown is the third studio album by the Swedish rock band Europe. Released on through Epic Records, the album was a huge commercial success selling over 15 million copies worldwide, peaking at number 8 on the U.S. Billboard chart and reaching high positions in charts worldwide.