"It was quite a surprise that the song 'The Final Countdown' became such a big hit because it was written for the band, it was written for our concert, it was written to be the opening song in our concert. It was almost six-minutes long, it was never intended to be a short pop hit or anything.'' - Joey Tempest
''It's been used for all kinds of events, anything from Formula 1 to boxing. It's been used for a lot, sort of like an anthem. I know there's been some cover versions of it as well and I know when the Berlin Wall (fell), at the same time that all thing happened I know a lot of other people from that area saw the song as an anthem. I get a lot of letters about that. So it's been interpreted in many ways." - Joey Tempest
''''Space Oddity'' was in my mind when I started working on the lyrics for ''The Final Countdown''. My thought was, the world is expanding and we’re leaving; we’re going up there in space. So the ‘Space Oddity’ lyric really sparked that idea.” - Joey Tempest
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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