Europe isn’t just a continent, it also shares its name with a Swedish glam rock/heavy metal band which formed in 1979 and was a hit throughout the 80s. The Europe band is most notable for its big hit in 1986 ‘The Final Countdown’ – a song that centers around a dramatic keyboard riff and lyrics inspired by the David Bowie song ‘Space Odysee’. This is by far the most recognized song by the Europe band and one of the biggest hits of the 80s for many. As a result it finds its way into many films and television series, where its bombastic nature is often used to comic effect (for example it’s part of Gob’s act in ‘Arrested Development’). It’s also used in the computer games ‘NHL 11′ and ‘NHL Slapshot’ and is highly used in American sports which has resulted in its becoming so widely known. The song, which was originally mean to be a concert opener and not a single, was number 1 in 25 countries, but only made it to number 8 in the US.
The Europe band has also had many other hits however, and the album from which titular ‘The Final Countdown’ was taken itself sold over three million copies and had several other hit singles. In total however the Europe band only had 2 top 10 singles and 2 top 20 albums (the other being ‘Out of This World’). In total they have thus far released eight studio albums, three live and three compilations.
When the Europe band was formed it was originally under the name ‘Force’. The best-known lineup consists of front man Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum and drummer Tony Reno. In 1992 the band went on a hiatus and reunited for a single performance in 1999 in Stockholm. Following this however they would officially return in 2003 and have subsequently released three albums. Today Ian Haugland has replaced Tony Reno on drums.
While their music is very 80s in flavor and no longer the current trend, it is a great up-beat slice of the 80s. The Europe band are still touring and put on a great show.
Europe Band Discography:
Wings of Tomorrow 1984
The Final Countdown 1986
Out of This World 1988
Prisoners in Paradise 1991
Start From the Dark 2004
Secret Society 2006
Last Look at Eden 2009
This post was written by admin on July 2011