This isn’t some cryptic post about the end of the World or a countdown to some awesome event I have coming up.
This is the song from 1986 by Europe which my son has become obsessed with.
It started about a year ago with this video of Spongebob set to the song. We happened upon it accidentally while looking up random Spongebob videos to entertain Garrett. We watched this video about 10 times a day for at least a couple months. Garrett sang it at the top of his lungs at the grocery store. We danced to it as a family in the living room. Then the novelty wore off for all of us.
About a year later, Garrett’s interests had turned toward dinosaurs. So as good 21st Century parents, we took to our laptop, got on YouTube and typed in “dinosaurs”. Randomly, this video popped up. Are you kidding? There’s a video with pictures of dinosaurs set to the same song??? It began again. Only this time it’s been going on at least THREE months and we dance to the song nightly. Garrett likes to sing the types of dinosaurs to the beat of the song. Instead of “It’s the final countdown”, he sings, “It’s a pterodactyl!” He even enjoys the occasional viewing of the original Europe video. He watches with his mouth agape, seemingly taking in every 80′s-Hair-Band-Rocker move. Then he mimes a guitar solo and Russ and I create pretend pyrotechnics behind him.
Long story short, we’re saving up for guitar lessons, hair gel, leather pants, and a paleontologist’s kit.Dinosaurs, Europe, Final Countdown, Hair Band, Spongebob