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99 Red Balloons
by Goldfinger

Sure, there's a Nena original, but how about a pop-punk cover from the Los Angeles-based band Goldfinger? I've always liked this version because the singer actually attempts the German version for the last verse (starting at about 2:28). He could be spouting total gibberish, but it seemed cool to me at the time.

I think it's funny that most of the YouTube comments are about Guy Fieri.

I did not know that the German and English versions tell slightly different stories. Per Wikipedia:

The lyrics of the original German version tell a story: 99 balloons are mistaken for UFOs, causing a general to send pilots to investigate. Finding nothing but child's balloons, the pilots decide to put on a show and shoot them down. The display of force worries the nations along the borders and the war ministers on each side bang the drums of conflict to grab power for themselves. In the end, a 99-year war results from the otherwise harmless flight of balloons, causing devastation on all sides without a victor. At the end, the singer walks through the devastated ruins and lets loose a balloon, watching it fly away.

The English version retains the spirit of the original narrative, but many of the lyrics are translated poetically rather than directly translated: red helium balloons are casually released by an anonymous civilian into the sky and are registered as missiles by a faulty early warning system; the balloons are mistaken for military aircraft which results in panic and eventually nuclear war.
2000 - Mojo Records - United States - From the album "Stomping Ground" - Blocked in 18 countries
Posted: 22nd September 2017
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