Hello again, readers, and welcome to this week's very special Framed. For the first time in the history of our award-winning blog, we would actually prefer that you watch this week's video over reading this week's captions.
Yeah, it's the best video we've ever had. Seriously.
Don't get us wrong, we'd like you to read the captions, too. But if your time is limited, watch the video first.
This week we honor Europe, a mid-'80s hair metal band that--to our mind--recorded the definitive metal song and video with "The Final Countdown," a stupendous, some would say bombastic, song/keyboard riff that should be your ring tone right now! The lyrics, ostensibly inspired by David Bowie's "Space Oddity," combine a certain astronomical naïveté ("We're heading for Venus and still we stand tall / 'Cause maybe they've seen us and welcome us all") with... well, little else, really. But Europe was from Sweden, which is almost like another planet, so let's cut 'em some slack.
We're keenly interested in what you guys have to say, so, please post away. Can you name another video that defines the heady days of hair metal so well? Are you ashamed that Europe sold over four million albums right here in the US of A? And are you at all scared to learn that Europe has reunited and will be releasing a new album in early 2009?