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Europe is a great band but didn't have that many hits. They had we are half way to heaven, and its the final countdown. They are a tiny influence to bands that AREN'T succesful. Yet even though this band wasn't popular or wasn't influenceal they are very talented and the hall of fame SHOULD be about talent also!
Posted by Don on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 18:46pm
Yes, but influence does count and they,Van Halen and Def Leppard were the ones that started metal-pop. And for that they deserve to be in the hall for influecing pop and metal put together and brought it to music
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 18:48pm
Lameass hair band that have no place in HOF
Posted by karl on Sunday, 10.28.07 @ 03:40am
If there is a higher power, then Europe will be erased from any and all thoughts of ever getting in. This was a very sad band.
Posted by Frankie on Saturday, 11.24.07 @ 08:30am
IMO, this is the single worst band in the history of Rock and Roll. I will listen to fingernails on a blackboard before I subjected myself to this.
Posted by Dameon on Monday, 12.24.07 @ 11:21am
Hey come one Europe's a good band. Maybe not Hall of Famers, but certainly a stepping stone. I mean, you don't become a man in the world of keyboard until you can play "The Final Countdown."
Posted by Metalsmith on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 14:20pm
"Common People" Keyboard Line > "Final Countdown" Keyboard Line.
Posted by Liam on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 14:25pm
I actually really liked them... but I guess it's because I listened to hem in my childhood. Hope they get inducted.
Posted by Shadez on Friday, 02.29.08 @ 13:24pm
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Never !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Dameon on Friday, 02.29.08 @ 17:09pm
It's the FINAL COUNTDOWN!
Posted by Metalsmith on Friday, 02.29.08 @ 19:21pm
Well, they gave us the coolest synthesizer riff ever. In addition, their reltively unkown "superstitious" has one of the most bad ass guitar solos ever. But those things only go so far. And have you listened to their last two albums? Total crap.
Posted by Eddie on Friday, 03.14.08 @ 14:04pm
"Well, they gave us the coolest synthesizer riff ever." - Dead Headie
Posted by Liam on Friday, 03.14.08 @ 15:01pm
If I may add to what Liam said...ever heard of Emerson, Lake & Palmer? They kinda pioneered the whole synthesizer thing (Allegedly, "Lucky Man" was the first song to use a Moog synthesizer). Of course, we also have Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck projects and work on "Miami Vice"), Giorgio Moroder ("Chase from Midnight Express), Gary Wright (who"s music was a little more on the pop side, but not too terribly bad), among others.
Posted by Terry on Friday, 03.14.08 @ 19:24pm
Excuse me all - but I would think that the most famous synth riff is in Baba O'Reilly. but that is just my opinion.
Posted by Dameon on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 12:49pm
I think Kraftwerk's "The Model" is the most famous.
Posted by Liam on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 12:57pm
Only you Liam would think that anything other than the most obvious would be the most famous. I would be more than happy to bet you anything that the Synth riff to Baba O'Riley by the Who is more famous than anything in the complete Kraftwerk Catalog.
Posted by Dameon on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 13:15pm
Baba O'Riley has a synth intro, so not technically a riff.
Posted by Liam on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 15:12pm
I'm going to side with Dameon on this. Everybody loves The Who. Only false intellectuals like Kraftwerk.
Posted by Metalsmith on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 15:59pm
I know lots of people who don't like The Who at all. I know a few casual music fans that like Kraftwerk. Stop trying to make up rules
Posted by Liam on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 16:04pm
A little touchy?
Posted by Metalsmith on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 16:12pm
No, not at all. What gave you that impression?
Posted by Liam on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 16:17pm
I don't know too many people that do not like The Who. I think his only point was that of a 'general' observation. Of course, there are almost always exceptions to rules - that is obvious.
Posted by Starr on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 16:31pm
I do. I know quite a few people who haven't a care for the music of The Who.
Posted by Liam on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 16:35pm
Who are they?
Posted by Metalsmith on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 16:41pm
"Baba O'Riley has a synth intro, so not technically a riff."
Posted by Starr on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 16:56pm
Regading Baba O'Riley; Liam is techinically correct that the Synth is the intro, but that doesn't mean it is not a riff, at least as far as my understanding of music is and I picked up my first instrument at 9 Y.O. That being said, this has nothing to do whether a band is liked or not. Most famous can either mean, most familiar or most loved. I was making the point that the opening riff/intro to Baba O'Riley is probably the most well known. Terry mentioned the concluding riff to "Lucky Man" which is also up there.
Posted by Dameon on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 23:43pm
Doesn't actually matter who I was talking about. The chances of you having met any of them are literally nil.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 02:43am
Liam - whether it is liked or not, I stand by my claim and wager that more people in this entire world are more familiar with the synth on Baba O'Riley than any other song.
Posted by dameon on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 05:57am
And I really, really, really doubt that. Not everyone is as clued-in about The Who as you seem to think, and I know people who've never heard My Generation before, never mind Baba O'Riley.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 06:42am
"I wasn't being so literal at all. If he meant something other than what he said, how am I supposed to know that?"
Posted by Starr on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 06:45am
So, Anon, you can read people's minds from your computer monitor, even when they could be thousands of milkes away?
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 06:49am
No clue who "anon" is at all. As for reading minds, I cannot do that. I was merely pointing out that any fairly intelligent person would know that he did not literally mean that EVERYONE knows or likes The Who. He was using the term loosely. Like did you ever hear anyone say, "I'm gonna kill you." Do you call the police in those situations?
Posted by Starr on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 07:07am
We'll see about that, won't we? It's funny how you feel the need to point out to us all that you are a newcomer, even though it's clear to everyone that you've been here less than week. Also notable is the fact that there has already been someone called "Starr" that has posted here previously.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 07:17am
Liam - not everyone is Anon using a different name. You really need to get over that buddy boy.
Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 08:09am
Way to overblow such a bland, trivial discussion.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 08:19am
This is why no one likes playing with you Liam.
Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 08:30am
What? Your entire post just reeked of arrogance and knowitall-syndrome. I offered my short contribution that I didn't think Baba O'Riley was the most famous synth riff ever, and you then followed it up with the longest, most domineereing post you could have possibly made.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 08:37am
What? Your entire post just reeked of arrogance and knowitall-syndrome. - Liam
Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 10:20am
Dameon is right about Baba O'Reily, another fact is it is the theme song for CSI:NY, one of the more popular shows on tv and heard every week by millions of people.
Posted by Brian on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 10:37am
In reading through these posts, Dameon is certaintly right, Liam comes across at least on these blogs, as arrogant and stubborn. He does not seem to concede much. And even though he makes valid points at times, other times the posts do not seem to make much sense. Where is Liam from? Are you the famous actor? :-)
Posted by Starr on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 10:59am
"Dameon is right about Baba O'Reily, another fact is it is the theme song for CSI:NY, one of the more popular shows on tv and heard every week by millions of people.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 11:33am
all Dameon said is that peolple are more familiar with that song than the ones you mentioned.
Posted by Brian Snyder on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 11:41am
Actually, Dameon said everyone was familiar with the song. Big difference there.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 11:50am
Actually, Dameon said everyone was familiar with the song. Big difference there - Liam
Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 15:33pm
Plus, even if you did say "everyone" - it is easy to figure out that you would have been using the term loosely and not literally. Obviously, there are about 6 billion people on the planet and I doubt "everyone" knows the song and I doubt you meant it literally. But, since you say that you never even said it, the whole point is moot.
Posted by Starr on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 15:55pm
Thnx Starr - actually, I have learned to make sure what I type here. I made a mistake once about named sub-genres and was crucified for it. That will never happen again. But I did learn something new and I admit to being shown that by Shawn (Blue) and Liam.
Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 16:06pm
Sorry, I was up at work all of last night (Friday night - FFS!) becuase some of the new recruits (absolute bunch of f*cking retards, to put it lightly) managed to f*ck up, so I'm not functioning properly.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 16:22pm
Good point Liam, but he didn't so you just have to go with common sense. Anyway - I think this conversation is getting old. BTW, what do you do for a living? I could not follow what you were talking about.
Posted by Starr on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 16:27pm
I work at this place called B&Q (I don't think they're in the US). It's sort of a warehouse/DIY shop (they sell all that stuff). It's all over the country.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 16:33pm
Although, I must add that it's not a permanent career path, just a way of keeping up with University cotss.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 16:40pm
"Even if they hate the group or song, they know it."
Posted by Liam on Sunday, 04.6.08 @ 07:49am
"Even if they hate the group or song, they know it."
Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 04.6.08 @ 09:19am
Guess you missed the part where I got absolutely no sleep the night before.
Posted by Liam on Sunday, 04.6.08 @ 09:22am
I read that, but it has nothing to do with this most recent comment. You just inferred that you based your last arguement on a comment that would not lead anyone to believe that I meant "everyone".
Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 04.6.08 @ 10:24am
But really, Dameon, "The Model" IS famous, at least over here!!! Listen to it, and you'll recognize it straight away!! It's not like I was saying "Metal On Metal" was famous, because it's not, but "The Model" really IS!
Posted by Liam on Sunday, 04.6.08 @ 10:31am
Liam - I am quite familiar with the work of Kraftwerk and I know "The Model" very well. I believe they should get into the Hall, although I doubt they will. And I know that certain things especially when concerning music are viewed differently in Europe than here. If you check back in the comments, you will see that the music from "Who's Next" is now used on a few very popular American TV shows. As commercial as that may be, it exposes songs like "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" to a whole new audience. And once in syndication, these TV programs are transmitted across the entire free world, exposing the music to an even larger audience. Which is why I used the word famous to begin with. As popular as the Model is in Europe and the US, it pales in numbers worldwide when compared to the music from "Who's Next". And that is the point I was trying to make from the beginning. I was not trying to diminish the importance of the music of Kraftwerk.
Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 04.6.08 @ 10:50am
About synth riffs I would add Jump by Van Halen, I think everybody knows this song too
Posted by roméo on Wednesday, 06.18.08 @ 11:13am
What the hell is going on here?
Posted by Rodrigo Silva on Thursday, 08.14.08 @ 15:13pm
I don't care what they did before, during or after; they released perhaps the worst song of all time "Final Countdown". If that song comes on the radio, internet or TV, I cannot get to the mute button fast enough.
Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 08.14.08 @ 15:23pm
Dameon, you may not like Europe and that's fine. But they're "the worst band" according to you only. Everybody has their "worst bands ever list" I'm not saying Europe was good. But I can name a hundred bands worse than Europe. Besides, it seems you only have a problem with "The Final Countdown" not Europe's other stuff. Here's something worth mentioning, I love virtually all of Bobby Darin's music. However, I CAN'T STAND "Mack the Knife."
Posted by Mr. Octagon on Saturday, 12.6.08 @ 20:43pm
Mr. Octagon - I only mention "Final Countdown", because I don't feel like developing Carpal Tunnel by typing everyone of their crap songs. As to them being the worst band - of course that is just my opinion. THey are one of the 80's band who turned that scene into pablum.
Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 07:08am
Dameon...I'm good as can be! Season's Greetings and a Cool Yule to ya!! I actually heard a band in a nightclub here in Denver during the 70's that might have been worse than Europe...can't remember their name. The 80's "hair metal" scene...with few exceptions...is starting to slowly fade from memory. It did leave us with some very good guitarists, though...Zakk Wylde, George Lynch, Mark Kendall (his work on "Rock Me" still sticks out...at least I THINK it was him...LOL!!!!), etc... I hate to use the term "bubble-gum metal" (another new sub genre for ya), but a lot of it turned into just that.
Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 07:52am
The "hair band" scene is such an interesting time. As much as much of it was reprocessed crap, the musicianship was outstanding. And you are right about the guitarists. To add to your list, I suggest listening to the guitarist that replaced Randy Rhoades. His name was Jake E. Lee and he formed a great band called "Badlands". Reb Beach who I believe is now touring with Dokken is also a great guitarist. He was originally in Winger. My favorite's are still Phil Collen and Steve Clark from Def Lep. They played off each other and just came up with some outstanding music. Also, listen to the guitar work in White Lion, Warren DiMartini of Ratt and Traci Guns from LA Guns.
Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 09:14am
Greatest Swedish band ever: ABBA. They were more succesful, more popular, more critical acclaimed, more influential and more significant to the history of music than Europe ever was.
Posted by The Claw on Thursday, 12.11.08 @ 02:38am
so does your mom! Final Countodwon, Rock the Night, Supersitious, Carrie are ROCK CLASSICS!
Posted by Hairmetal99 on Thursday, 12.11.08 @ 10:40am
Final Countdown is my wedding song! Hell yes.
Posted by Worm on Thursday, 12.11.08 @ 10:57am
My second favorite band after Poison! I've been to their concert in Gotheburg recently, about 15000 people were there! freakin awesome show!
Posted by Wait and Bleed on Thursday, 12.11.08 @ 18:04pm
Hey Hair Metal - if you think for one minute that those songs are rock classics, then you should remove the term 'metal' from your name because you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.
Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 12.11.08 @ 19:49pm
Worm, "The Final Countdown" is your wedding song? Did you think about the irony beforehand?
Posted by Metalsmith on Friday, 12.12.08 @ 20:52pm
One Final Countdown should give them a spot in the hall!
Posted by Child in Time 27 on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 19:19pm
Posted by MadeinEngland on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 03:58am
Europe is a great band. "The Final Countdown" is a great song, I've never heard anyone complain about "The Final Countdown" or Europe before seeing Dameon's comments on here. But the greatest Swedish rock band will always be Kaipa. KAIPA.
Posted by Kaipa777 on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 18:45pm
It's the FINAL COUNTDOWN!
Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 17:32pm
YESSSS!!! I LOVE EUROPE
Posted by OKTOBERFEST on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 17:51pm
Europe, as far as i am concerned just another 80s hair band. awesome, but they need to get in line.
Posted by Justin on Tuesday, 06.30.09 @ 01:15am
I inducted Europe into the Future Rock Hall. Can Dameon please keep his horrible opinions to himself/herself
Posted by Aishah Bowron on Saturday, 09.5.09 @ 04:43am
Ok Aishah, but if Dameon shuts up, you'll have to listen to me talk about how much I hate Europe. Ugh, they're awful.
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.5.09 @ 07:26am
I actually don't mind Europe that much. Obviously I don't think they should get into the RRHOF but I'm going to save my anger towards other bands/artists/acts who deserve my anger more than Europe lol
Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 09.5.09 @ 07:30am
These guys DEFINITELY deserve in! They may have not been very influential, but they are underrated as hell. Songs like "Halfway To Heaven" and "Open Your Heart" get no recognition when they truly deserve it. They also have one of the best and most talented guitarists ever. If ya don't believe me go listen to the solo in superstitious.
Posted by Dustin on Friday, 09.18.09 @ 21:54pm
John Norum may be a good guitarist but it's entirely your opinion that he's "one of the best" or "one of the most talented guitarists ever"
Posted by Keebord on Friday, 09.18.09 @ 22:10pm
Oh man those Swedish boys know how to rock! I've seen them back on their Final Countdown tour in the US, then saw them during their millennium performance and then once more in Germany. They are one of the best rock bands Europe (no pun intended) ever had And they definitely deserve induction for influencing many people in the world and many musicians too! WIG WAM, LORDI, DIET, Endeverafter, Hammerfall, In Flames, Norther and many others cite them as influence, so they definitely deserve induction!
Posted by Matthew on Thursday, 12.24.09 @ 20:16pm
The best band to ever come from Sweden! Abba is a real disgrace to our country/culture/music etc
Posted by Made in Sweden on Thursday, 12.24.09 @ 20:25pm
Europe and few other catz r da only rock shizzle dat me and ma homiez listn!
Posted by Masta Ace on Thursday, 12.24.09 @ 20:52pm
no, i hate the smell of cheese
Posted by bobsaget on Sunday, 03.14.10 @ 17:33pm
They were THE BIG DEAL here in Southamerica. Not only "The Final Countdown" and "Carrie".
Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 22:35pm
NO to Europe RRHOF. Not enough musical excellence or volume of greatness. Great you mentioned Jake E Lee and Badlands, Dameon. I am a big fan of Jake E Lee and the Badlands song Dreams In The Dark. Europe's career was like a comet with The Final Countdown. Never liked Europe's music. Preferred Dokken and White Lion. KING
Posted by KING on Tuesday, 06.2.15 @ 04:33am
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