Song of the Day

November 3, 2012
99 Red Balloons
Goldfinger
Stomping Ground (2000)

Here's Goldfinger's awesome cover of Nena's 1983 classic pop song.  Although this song wasn't Goldfinger's highest charting single, it's now remembered as one of their biggest hit songs, and has been featured in movies like Watchmen, Eurotrip, and Not Another Teen Movie.  The song is about the absurd escalation of war - nations confuse 99 balloons floating in the sky to be enemy forces and proceed to attack each other, leaving the world in ruins.  The original German version is a bit more explicit with this narrative while the english version is more subtle.  But Goldfinger retains one of the original German verses in their version, which reveals the strong message of the song:

[Translated]
99 war ministers
with matches and gasoline canisters.
They thought they were clever people,
already smelling the great spoils,
shouted for war and wanted power.
Man, who would've thought
that things would someday go this far
because of 99 balloons.

   

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