Wednesday, 19 January 2011

85: Nena, “99 Red Balloons” (no.1, 1984)

A record of its (Cold War) time, in multiple senses. (Yes, kids, the red balloons are a metaphor for Communism.) True connoisseurs prefer the original version “99 Luftballons” - which runs 18 seconds longer, presumably to accommodate all those Germanic compound words, although I’ve always liked the English translation’s idea of a “super-scurry”. (Super-scurry: v. to scurry slightly faster than usual.) The YouTube comments assure me “Nena is such a hot MFI!”, which I’m assuming means she’s reached an age where she can legitimately be said to sell furniture for a living.

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