The man responsible for producing one of the biggest hits of the 80s has demanded the Conservative Party stop using it for their campaign.
Joey Tempest has urged the Tories to desist following the party’s repeated playing of his 1986 smash The Final Countdown.
The Europe front man is unhappy that the track -which takes inspiration from David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ – is being used to motivate campaigners at Conservative HQ.
Adam Parson’s, the band’s manager, told Mail Online of Tempest’s feelings about the way the song was being used.
He suggested that the Conservative Party had misconstrued the meaning of the song if it was being played with Brexit in mind.
Last year Tempest, who was born in Sweden before moving to London, told The Big Issue that he would have voted Remain had he got a British passport.
“The song took a life of its own,” he said of The Final Countdown.
“It has been used by political parties – both Hillary and Trump used it. The song has started to be played more around new year, for new beginnings, but the ironic thing is it’s not really that positive.
“It’s melancholy, in a minor key.”
A little bit of unpacking of the lyrics suggest they are more in the Remain camp than the Leave.
“We’re leaving together, But still it’s farewell,” the song opens in slightly gloomy fashion.
“And maybe we’ll come back, To Earth, who can tell?” Tempest continues, in lyrics which could be interpreted to suggest society is collectively away with the fairies at the moment.
Whatever context it is being played in, Tempest does not approve of its use by politicians.
“Joey does not condone any use in a political context,” his manager told The Times.
“This was written as a good-time hard rock song back in 1986.”
The Conservative Party was contacted for comment.