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Monday, April 23, 2007


 

Audio Post of the Day: 99 Luftballons


Not to get stuck in a 70's rut (see previous posted songs), "99 Luftballons," or "99 Red Balloons" was a protest song recorded in German in 1983 and in English in 1984. It tells the story of an apocalyptic overreaction by the military to seeing 99 red balloons floating into the sky. It may have seemed ludicrous at the time (and still does), but is it really that big a stretch to the "overreaction" of killing three-quarters of a million Iraqis in response to something that wasn't even as real as 99 red balloons - phantom weapons of mass destruction? Of course that wasn't the real reason for the invasion of Iraq, but let's no go there in this post.

"99 Luftballons" is sung by the singer (and group) Nena, pictured here. Below, I've run together the German version (which I prefer) followed by the English version into a single cut.

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