Next up is Europe with The Final Countdown. See, this is what is meant by embarrassing skeletons in your closet. It doesn’t matter though as I genuinely used to love this album when it was released in 1986 and wished that I possessed something akin to Joey Tempest’s glorious mane of hair. It was also the very first vinyl album I ever owned, fact fans.
The Final Countdown is a classic track – is there any greater album opener? It instantly has me banging my head in delight. Unfortunately, I have to stop halfway through the song though as my neck and head are getting sore.
The feel good rock vibes continue with Carrie, Rock the Night and, my personal favourite, Cherokee, which I actually sing along to with my eyes closed. Amazingly, I still remember all the words. It is almost impossible now to imagine that at one time something so unashamedly uncool could have been created and enjoyed with absolutely no pretensions whatsoever. Did anybody bother to like things »but you know, ironically« back then? We need more of this please music makers!