EUROPE released their single “Carrie” which was a power ballad in 1987. It was the third internationally released single from The Final Countdown, and it was their highest-charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — peaking at #3 (#1 on the Radio and Records chart) during the fall of 1987. The track on the B-side of the 7″ single was “Love Chaser”.

The song was written by Joey Tempest and Mic Michaeli in 1985. An early version of the song consisting only of keyboards and vocals, was played on tour in Sweden that same year. The demo version is similar, but the final version which was included on The Final Countdown album features the entire band playing.

On the European tour following the band’s reunion in 2003, an acoustic version of “Carrie” was played, with Tempest performing the song on acoustic guitar. However, in recent years, the band has shifted back to an album version arrangement. An acoustic performance of the version can be found on the Live from the Dark DVD and a performance of the album version can be found on the Live at Shepherd’s Bush, London DVD.

Personnel: – Joey Tempest – vocals, – John Norum – guitar, – John Levén – bass guitar, – Mic Michaeli – keyboard, – Ian Haugland – drums. [sources/photo special]