Joey Tempest slams Conservatives for using his song The Final Countdown

Europe lead singer Joey Tempest slams Conservatives for using his song The Final Countdown – saying it is about the end of the world, not Brexit

  • Joey Tempest wrote the number one song in 1986 for his glam-rock band Europe 
  • The Final Countdown is often used by politicians without the band’s permission 
  • According to the band’s manager, it was written as a ‘good-time hard rock song’

The lead singer of 80’s glam rock band Europe has said he wants the Conservative Party to stop using his song The Final Countdown for their campaign. 

Joey Tempest, who wrote the number one hit single in 1986, has asked the party to ‘cease and desist’ from using his song. 

The Conservative Party have been playing the track to motivate campaigners at the party headquarters. MailOnline has asked the party to confirm whether the song is meant to inspire for the December 12 election or the new Brexit date. 

The lead singer of Europe has slammed the Conservative party for using his song without permission. The Final Countdown is being played at headquarters to 'gear up' campaigners. It's unsure whether they are being motivated for the election or Brexit (Pictured: Joey Tempest in 1991, left, and in 2017, right)

The lead singer of Europe has slammed the Conservative party for using his song without permission. The Final Countdown is being played at headquarters to ‘gear up’ campaigners. It’s unsure whether they are being motivated for the election or Brexit  (Pictured: Joey Tempest in 1991, left, and in 2017, right)

Tempest's manager has said that the meaning of the song has nothing to do with Brexit. It was a sci-fi song about leaving earth, written in 1986 (Pictured: Joey Tempest (front) with the band Europe in 1988)

Tempest’s manager has said that the meaning of the song has nothing to do with Brexit. It was a sci-fi song about leaving earth, written in 1986 (Pictured: Joey Tempest (front) with the band Europe in 1988)

Tempest’s comments were relayed through Adam Parsons, the band’s manager, who added that politicians often use the song without asking for permission. 

Parsons said it was difficult to misconstrue the meaning of the song as anything pro-Brexit and that the Conservative party has clearly misunderstood its message. 

It was written as a futuristic vision of leaving earth, not about Brexit, he said. 

A file photo shows Joey Tempest performing in January 2001. According to the band's manager, politicians often use the song without permission, something that 'Joey does not condone'

A file photo shows Joey Tempest performing in January 2001. According to the band’s manager, politicians often use the song without permission, something that ‘Joey does not condone’

During the 2016 Presidential campaign race in America, Hillary Clinton uploaded a video, titled ‘Donald Trump: The Final Meltdown’, and set it to Tempest’s song. 

He was never asked to use the track. 

‘Joey does not condone any use in a political context. This was written as a good-time hard rock song back in 1986,’ Parsons told the Times newspaper.