30 Day Song Challenge: Day 25: A Song In A Different Language: “99 Luftballons”- Nena. In English it is “99 Redballons.” Oddly the English version didn’t chart in the US while the German version went all the way to #2 being the only hit Nena had in the U.S. Nena was the name of the band- not of the lead singer who is named Gabriele Kerner.
The origins of the song- while at a Rolling Stones concert in West Berlin in June 1982 the guitarist for Nena- Carlo Karges noticed balloons being released. As he watched them move towards the horizon he noticed them shifting and changing shapes where they looked like a UFO. He wondered what might happen if they flowed over the Berlin wall and into East Germany. Hmmm. Wonder what he was under the influence of that day.