11 votes

NENA - 99 Luftballons (1983)

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  1. acdw
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    This song slaps so hard, and way better than that pop-punk version!

    This song slaps so hard, and way better than that pop-punk version!

    4 votes
  2. cardigan
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    I used to be in a band that covered this song a few times, basically in gibberish. The only line I could remember and sing reliably was "Und fühlten sich gleich angemacht!" because that was my...

    I used to be in a band that covered this song a few times, basically in gibberish. The only line I could remember and sing reliably was "Und fühlten sich gleich angemacht!" because that was my favorite part. I think there was a recording, but it was lost in the great Myspace music tragedy. It wasn't very good, but you can recreate it yourself by imitating a mall goth with a lot of phlegm in their throat and playing barre chords. Thanks for sharing. I haven't heard the original in a long time.

    3 votes
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    Kuromantis
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    A song protesting how small accidents or misinterpretation could potentially start nuclear war and end the world. The lyrics are in German but there are English subtitles and NENA also released an...

    A song protesting how small accidents or misinterpretation could potentially start nuclear war and end the world. The lyrics are in German but there are English subtitles and NENA also released an English version of the song. For a popular (I think) song with a cheerful melody (something I dislike about the song) , it's pretty somber and meaningful.

    2 votes
    1. HoolaBoola
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      I adore this song but have never looked into the lyrics for some reason

      I adore this song but have never looked into the lyrics for some reason

    2. Kuromantis
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      In case you're like me and dislike that too, there's a remake of this song for a movie called atomic blonde with a melody that reflects the situation better. Sidenote, but if you like the happy...

      For a popular (I think) song with a cheerful melody (something I dislike about the song)

      In case you're like me and dislike that too, there's a remake of this song for a movie called atomic blonde with a melody that reflects the situation better.

      Sidenote, but if you like the happy melody with the sad lyrics, why do you like it? If I had to guess, it's because it captures pre-war excitement or anticipation, but given nukes, I'm not entirely confident in this feeling.