Nena - 99 Luftballons (1983)
- 80's score: 2.42
- Genre(s): New wave
"99 Luftballons" (German: Neunundneunzig Luftballons, "99 balloons") is a song by the West German NDW band Nena from their ...
"99 Luftballons" (German: Neunundneunzig Luftballons, "99 balloons") is a song by the West German NDW band Nena from their 1983 self-titled album. An English-language version titled "99 Red Balloons", with lyrics by Kevin McAlea, was also released on the album 99 Luftballons in 1984 after widespread success of the original in Europe and Japan. The English version is not a direct translation of the German original and contains lyrics with a somewhat different meaning. In the US, the English-language version did not chart, while the German-language recording became Nena's only US hit.
The promotional video, which was originally made for the Dutch music programme TopPop and broadcast on 13 March 1983, was shot in a Dutch military training camp, the band performing the song on a stage in front of a backdrop of fires and explosions provided by the Dutch Army. Towards the end of the video, the band are seen taking cover and abandoning the stage, which was unplanned and genuine since they believed the explosive blasts were getting out of control.