30 DAY SONG CHALLENGE: DAY 25: A SONG IN A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE: “99 LUFTBALLONS”- NENA

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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.

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6 responses to “30 DAY SONG CHALLENGE: DAY 25: A SONG IN A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE: “99 LUFTBALLONS”- NENA

  1. Nena became very popular in Germany as part of what was called “Neue Deutsche Welle” (literal translation: New German Wave).

    Basically, it was a type of German pop music with an emphasis on fun and an anything-goes attitude. Meaningful lyrics and musician craftsmanship were secondary concerns. The results were clearly mixed.

    I think Nena is still around.

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