Song 51 Nena

It's Nuclear Devastation Week! Let the good times roll!

Nena - 99 Luftballons, 1984

The fun part was when English speakers like me would try to sing along. (No, the phrase 'spider gum' does not appear, though it's mighty tempting to believe it does.) Any DJ looking to fill up airtime would give you a rough idea of what the song's about: balloons float over the Berlin Wall, they're mistaken for some kind of hostile craft, World War III ensues and, once again, the whole world gets blown up. (Except for Nena and the band, some balloons, and at least one fully functioning generator handy for powering electric guitars.) I was unable to find the alternate version of this video, in which Nena's pit hair makes a brief appearance - freaking out sheltered Junior High kids all over North America. Of course, having spent a good part of the 90s in the company of  back-to-the-land hippies, that demure five o'clock shadow hardly registers for me now, but at the time - devastating.

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