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Nena — 99 Luftballons
Album: 99 Luftballons
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Released: 1983
Length: 3:45
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Hast Du etwas Zeit für mich
Dann singe ich ein Lied für Dich
Von 99 Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont

Denkst Du vielleicht g'rad an mich
Dann singe ich einen Lied für Dich
Von 99 Luftballons
Und dass so was von so was kommt

99 Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt man für UFOs aus dem All
Darum schickte eine General

'Ne Fliegerstaffel hinterher
Alarm zu geben, wenn es so wär
Dabei war'n da am Horizont
Nur 99 Luftballons

99 Düsenflieger
Jeder war ein großer Krieger
Hielten sich für Captain Kirk
Es gab ein großes Feuerwerk

Die Nachbarn haben nichts gerafft
Und fühlten sich gleich angemacht
Dabei schoss man am Horizont
Auf 99 Luftballons

99 Kriegsminister
Streichholz und Benzinkanister
Hielten sich für schlaue Leute
Witterten schon fette Beute

Riefen, Krieg und wollten Macht
Mann, wer hätte das gedacht
Dass es einmal soweit kommt
Wegen 99 Luftballons

Wegen 99 Luftballons
99 Luftballons

99 Jahre Krieg
Ließen keinen Platz für Sieger
Kriegsminister gibt's nicht mehr
Und auch keine Düsenflieger

Heute zieh' ich meine Runden
Seh die Welt in Trümmern liegen
Hab 'n Luftballon gefunden
Denk' an Dich und lass' ihn fliegen
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...The REST of the story...
Song about an incident what happened in the days of the cold war,while I was stationed there with the Air Force:
In a small town of the DDR (aka "East Germany"), a small DDR town was celebrating a 100th anniversary, launching 99 balloons (aluminum-coated)... not far from the east-west German border the aluminumized balloons created a "blind-spot" (cloud) on western radar waning systems... triggering an alert warning for "suspicious activity" a common cat-and-mouse game occasionally played by the Soviets (strongly NOT recommended by the Russians, particularly so close to the border)... the west began a flurry of inquiries to the Russians, along with activating defense systems (to include launching offensive military aircraft... the Russians stated "they had no idea" (they really didn't)... mistrustful of the Russian response, western authorities recommended explaining on what was going on in their own back yard... after several extremely tense minutes/hours it was eventually figured out... alerted systems (on both sides) slowly tuned down the volume and recalled alerted attack aircraft... never happened again on my time... communications procedures were also improved (as the West German press went bananas)
Bloody awful song!
As I posted 9 years ago (FFS!!!) interesting song.....
but a second play within 4 weeks seems a bit excessive! 
Muss nicht sein! Abgenudelt bis zum Gehtnichtmehr. >Cancel-Button
Yeah, Nena on RP, still a big star in Germany.
This has not aged well.  Not sure I even liked it much at the time, but it's certainly memorable - not very 'RP-friendly', it's too brash and poppy.
Please play the song"?" from their second album of the same title (from 1983) - very beautiful! Please also play Tom Schilling's original version of "Major Tom" (1982); way better than the English version you play so often.
 swiss2sound wrote:
😁 ich kann nicht mehr!!!
 

Hab' ich auch gerade gedacht - my thoughts exactly!
My girlfriend was living in Germany when this came out. The year before we had gone to a massive anti-nuke demonstration together, so it made me think of her, of course. When she came back and I played the tape, she rolled her eyes.

That was when it became pretty clear she was going to dump me.
growing up in the 80's in Germany, I loved Nena - and still do. But more her other songs she did before this one. This one is good, too, though.

Glad, that they kept the original soundtrack. Just sounds better - for a german
From Deep Purple to Nena; this must be RP!  ; )
😁 ich kann nicht mehr!!!
The anthem for the peace and disarmament movement of the 1980s. 
 kurtster wrote:

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy I Got Love in My Tummy

Sugar, Sugar

The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

 
I nominate:

Tie a Yellow Ribbon
We Built This City
Brickhouse
 RedGuitar wrote:

"Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro, "Billy Don't Be a Hero" by ??,  and there's others, believe me.
I've been listening to pop music since 1963 or so and there's lots of worse tunes.
"99 Luftballoons" doesn't hold a candle to some of them as being bad, at least IMHO.

 
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy I Got Love in My Tummy

Sugar, Sugar

The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
Being a fellow German, this gives me an overdose of Fremdscham ("vicarious embarrassment" would be a rough translation). I envy everyone not understanding the crappy lyrics...

A friend of mine spent the night with Nena's brother. 
This is the dumbest song ever.
Dear sweet Ganesh in a vest, why?

{#Headache}{#Grumpy}{#Crashcomp}{#Drunk}{#Cry}{#No}{#No}{#No}{#Sorry}{#Naughty}

Man!

What about some Nina Hagen instead? From the first two albums? (As I know that my proposal about Can the other day turns out to be a hopeless one....)
BLECH BLECH BLECH BLECH!!!!!
 MojoJojo wrote:
I challenge anyone to convince me there is a worse song than this, in the entire history of songs.  Yes, I know, Achy Breaky Heart runs a close second, but... 
 

The three all time worst songs, as voted by moi (in no particular order):  To All De Girls I've Loved Before by Willie and Julio; Havin My Baby by Paul Anka; and Creep by Radiohead.

This one isn't even close.

 MojoJojo wrote:
I challenge anyone to convince me there is a worse song than this, in the entire history of songs.  Yes, I know, Achy Breaky Heart runs a close second, but... 
 
"Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro, "Billy Don't Be a Hero" by ??,  and there's others, believe me.
I've been listening to pop music since 1963 or so and there's lots of worse tunes.
"99 Luftballoons" doesn't hold a candle to some of them as being bad, at least IMHO.

 clwguy wrote:
NEIN. NEIN. NEIN! 
 
Warum?  Dieser Lied ist aber toll!

 clwguy wrote:
NEIN. NEIN. NEIN! 
 
DOCH! {#Yes}

NEIN. NEIN. NEIN! 
This is Germany getting back at us for all those years of sending them our bad American cars
 MojoJojo wrote:
I challenge anyone to convince me there is a worse song than this, in the entire history of songs.  Yes, I know, Achy Breaky Heart runs a close second, but... 
 

Anything by Lady CaCa gets my vote! {#Puke}
This is a WERY GOOD pop song! Definitely perfect.
C'mon, playing this on RP is a joke, right? A bit of mirth amongst otherwise fine tunes? Or...can Flock of Seagulls be around the corner?
I challenge anyone to convince me there is a worse song than this, in the entire history of songs.  Yes, I know, Achy Breaky Heart runs a close second, but... 
 Shaker wrote:
{#Motor} This video was the first visual I think ever had of seeing a women with armpit hair.

 

HAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA {#Lol}
No, this one never had my vote...

4
kurtkniffel wrote:
let this song rest in peace... and never play it again!

 
sandpebble wrote:
Agreed! This didn't stand the test of time at all!

 
Wah!  Cry babies cry.

I love the songs that generate the greatest diversity of comment to ratings!  It show's we are alive and there are different types out there.
For me, it's not great music but great 70s pop and has a special place in my memory.  The German language version is of course the best.
 thediceareloaded wrote:
Ha, funny, I used to live just around the corner where they took the photo...
 

 

Wo ist denn das aufgenommen worden seinerzeit?

 

 


Hah, me too, real shocker for a prepubescent teenager.... Hairy PITS!
SHEEZUSSS!

One of John Peels favourites as I remember. 9

Shaker wrote:
{#Motor} This video was the first visual I think ever had of seeing a women with armpit hair.

 


 k_trout wrote:
everytime i hear this tune i flash on Gert Frobe in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines - god help me
{#Cowboy}

 
they go up-py up up
they go downy down down

everytime i hear this tune i flash on Gert Frobe in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines - god help me
{#Cowboy}

 kurtkniffel wrote:
let this song rest in peace... and never play it again!
 Agreed! This didn't stand the test of time at all!

For me, this and Kim Wilde's "Kids in America" go side by side as the 80's one-hit-wonder classics by female singers.


{#Motor} This video was the first visual I think ever had of seeing a women with armpit hair.

Ha, funny, I used to live just around the corner where they took the photo...
Nena...alte säge{#Tongue}
oh no, god, please no. 
{#Motor}{#Bananapiano}{#Motor}
Yikes!

Not ratable.

99 Dead Baboons
Sh*tting in my living room....

Agreed...  Jus' gave it a 10 to haul it up a bit. One of my all-time favs:
https://www.80smusicvids.com/index.php?vid=Nena_-_99_luft_Balons&a=a
 
flatpicker wrote:
I think this song is great!
And I prefer the German version over the English.
Not sure why it has such a low rating here.

{#Stupid}
 


 Bleyfusz wrote:
This song is hereby nominated for the Instant Mute Button Award.
 
Seconded. Gaaah!
This song is hereby nominated for the Instant Mute Button Award.
I think this song is great!
And I prefer the German version over the English.
Not sure why it has such a low rating here.

{#Stupid}
 kurtkniffel wrote:
let this song rest in peace... and never play it again!
  why?


let this song rest in peace... and never play it again!
Creepy.
ahh wiki tells me her b day is march 24. I love anyone around that date. I'm march 22. MArch 23 or 24 flips my lever. SO I'm astrologically prejudiced. and she' s a she. Not some dweeb drug foo of male amurikin CA blankness of drugs.
where are these khats from? Oh: GSHERMANNY!  Cool electronic sounds.! Dig it.

more than a 6.6: stupid amurikins. Try 7.7 
Funniest video for this song. When the explosives start going off they are a little too close to the singer who looks either to stagger or dive for cover.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQYQTFudrqc
contrary to my wishes, I must give this song a 10 for its pop sensibilty and catchiness even though it is agonizingly cute. 

"I have to go swear for awhile just to get the taste back in my mouth" ~Huck Finn
Contrary to many postings on RP, there's a lot of 80's music that was interesting and innovative; this song is neither.

 Mnemo wrote:
Haha, very funny comments! Dankeschön!

Ok, i have to admit, that i was slightly shocked when i hear it the first time on RP.
I never realized that this song get beyond the borders of germany.
Must be kinda weird for non-"neue deutsche welle"-Fans. ;)

I suggest Peter Schillings "Terra Titanic" for the deeper experience. {#Cheesygrin}
 

{#Yes}  This was quite popular in the States.  There was also an English version, but it wasn't as good...
 ScopArch wrote:

Actually there's not THAT MUCH good music from Germany.....
but in terms of neue Deutsche Welle, this is a classic!

 
Wow! Did I write this?{#Arrowu}
This song was heard on alternative radio stations in the states in the early 80's (WHFS in DC)
So I can see how it belongs to the genre New Wave music, Stateside or in Germany!

99 wishes if you pop them and throw them in the trash,,,,,, or if you let them fly 99 years bad luck.... 

Nice to groove to this, and then contemplate how the geopolitical messiness of the civilizing (sic) regime-change occupation of Afghanistan has spilled over into Pakistan and could result ultimately in a nuclear exchange.

Will people in the USA get sick from the nuclear radiation and climatic changes?  Stay tuned!

 

BTW, you big fans of contemporary German rock should upload a few tunes to Bill G.



Nena
 yseden wrote:
I truly dislike this song!!!!! Why are they playing it??
 
Because I like it.  Go figure.

 glassman wrote:
Toatl Trash.
 

Make that Total Trash.
Toatl Trash.
In the immortal words of Nigel Tufnel, "Is this a joke?"
i gave it a 9. i was 800. never heard this. gosh.
 keller1 wrote:


What —- Scorpions?

I can think of Kraftwerk, Rammstein, a couple of classical composers, and that's pretty much it.

This is a great tune, IMHO.
 

A couple of classical composers?  Germany had more great composers than any other cournty.
Haha, very funny comments! Dankeschön!

Ok, i have to admit, that i was slightly shocked when i hear it the first time on RP.
I never realized that this song get beyond the borders of germany.
Must be kinda weird for non-"neue deutsche welle"-Fans. ;)

I suggest Peter Schillings "Terra Titanic" for the deeper experience. {#Cheesygrin}
 undo_silence wrote:
There's so much good music from Germany. Why Nena?

 

What —- Scorpions?

I can think of Kraftwerk, Rammstein, a couple of classical composers, and that's pretty much it.

This is a great tune, IMHO.
This made me go and read the instructions/comments on the LRC/Upload tab. Jeez, I guess there are historical reasons for playing this, dodgy ones at that...to me it reminds me of a bunch of Madonna dress-a-likes in my school.
 thewiseking wrote:
a highpoint in Deutsche Rock. when i hear how pathetic it is when germans try to rock i realize how important Kraftwerk were and how smart they were to bypass rock entirely.
 
HA! There's a lot of truth in that.

 ScopArch wrote:

Actually there's not THAT MUCH good music from Germany.....
but in terms of neue Deutsche Welle, this is a classic!

 
{#Lol}

this is one of the very few times i have to click off rp.
Oh, c'mon people, it's good to have some cheese every now and then!
 undo_silence wrote:
There's so much good music from Germany. Why Nena?

 
Actually there's not THAT MUCH good music from Germany.....
but in terms of neue Deutsche Welle, this is a classic!

Way too Top 40. sorry.
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
Like my old Strat-o-Matic Baseball game, it was fun once, but . . .
 
That's funny.

 undo_silence wrote:
There's so much good music from Germany. Why Nena?

 
I was actually going to say the same thing.

There's so much good music from Germany. Why Nena?

Thanks for playing original version.
I danced to it when i was young {#Dancingbanana}
Like my old Strat-o-Matic Baseball game, it was fun once, but . . .
I truly dislike this song!!!!! Why are they playing it??

NONONONONONONOooohhhnnooooononononononononono

ARGH My ears.

scars will Last for eternity. 


"Touch my Monkey!"

Touch My Monkey

JAWOHL!
I have this image of John Cusack killing a goon with a pen thrust into the neck.

Love it !
 sutcliff wrote:
ok, gulity pleasure.
 
yep {#Cheesygrin}
If you want to play german tunes please play Can, Neu! or Kraftwerk, La Düsseldorf .... but NOT Nena!!
ok, gulity pleasure.
wow... flashbacks of my youth watching MV3 after school...




Hey! I just realized I didn't really miss hearing this "song" over the years!!!

"a highpoint in Deutsche Rock. " - more like Douche Rock...
{#Puke}{#Grumpy}{#No}{#Arghhh}{#Sorry}{#Stop}{#Eek}{#Skull}{#Frustrated}

PLEASE !!! DON'T play that EVER AGAIN !!!

PLEASE !!!!!



thewiseking wrote:
a highpoint in Deutsche Rock. when i hear how pathetic it is when germans try to rock i realize how important Kraftwerk were and how smart they were to bypass rock entirely.
...bite your tongue! Obviously you have not witnessed the rapture that is a Mathias Jabs/Rudolph Schencker dual guitar shredfest. Scorpions may not know how to write lyrics in English--but they certainly can ROCK!! (oh, and UFO can too)
Rafter101 wrote:
Love the episode on Scubs where JD keeps going to this video in his brain when dealing with a German patient...
Love that show, love that scene, love this song. Especially glad to hear the original German version of it on here, as opposed to the English version.
Wonder if the National Emergency Number Association (nena.org) suddenly gets a lot of hits every once and a while. :shifty: The "Artist Website" link auto-generated by Google needs to be replaced.
andycollingridge wrote:
No no no no no. No version of this is acceptable. A horrible, nasty mess of a record with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Urrgh.
Agreed. How did this tripe even make it to the playlist?
Das ist der HAMMER!
The german really covers up how awful these lyrics are.
love it! I had such a crush on her voice back then...in the day. :)
a highpoint in Deutsche Rock. when i hear how pathetic it is when germans try to rock i realize how important Kraftwerk were and how smart they were to bypass rock entirely.
In the original Klingon...er...German. YES!
JAH!
No no no no no. No version of this is acceptable. A horrible, nasty mess of a record with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Urrgh.
It is dated aber ist tzer gut. Nena gefallt mir!
Um, only one group and one hit? That's not really what you think of the German contribution to modern music, is it? If so that's a pretty limited scope of music experience; good thing you're here at RP....it'll broaden your horizons
Thank you.
Love the episode on Scubs where JD keeps going to this video in his brain when dealing with a German patient...
I was in Germany (with the 8th Infantry) when this came out. It was one of a very very few foreign language songs played on Armed Forces Radio & TV Service. AFRTS was treaty -bound by "host country" rules to play only English language songs. Except when the song was also a hit in the USA. At the time "everyone" was marveling that a Peacenik song was being played by the US Military.
Nena did some neat stuff with Lene Lovich years ago.
:bananasplit:
Yuckie... no likey... must puckie... Like You'know
:beat: It's the dreaded balloon song. Nein Bitte Nein.
Takes me back. Good times.
me think sucks
gjeeg wrote:
So one German group had one hit.
Um, only one group and one hit? That's not really what you think of the German contribution to modern music, is it? If so that's a pretty limited scope of music experience; good thing you're here at RP....it'll broaden your horizons. gjeeg wrote:
I can never listen to German without thinking the worst.
That's sad. Will we ever move on from the past?