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This is the most recent information about Nena that has been submitted to amIright. If we have more information about Nena, then we provide a link to the section where it appears (the actual page whenever possible).


Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Nena Hagen

Stupid Band Names:

  • It's confusing, since it was the name given to the German band of "99 Luftballoons" fame, but before then, lead singer Gabrielle Kerner also had the name; it was a nickname she'd had since childhood. She even kept the name for herself after the band broke up. So the confusion stands as to whether the name should refer to the whole band (which had people of both genders) or just the lead vocalist (a woman). Submitted by: Vic George II
  • Is it the female lead vocal or the band? Submitted by: Vic George

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: Gabriele Susanne Kerner. Submitted by: Napoleon Bonappetit

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"99 Puffed Balloons""99 Luftballoons"Regina Haniger
"99 Stuffed Balloons""99 Luftballoons"Regina Haniger
"99 Red Maroons""99 Red Balloons"Oscar Gold
"99 Red Lagoons""99 Red Balloons"Tess O. Gosset
"99 Red Saloons""99 Red Balloons"Tess O. Gosset

There are additional Nena new song names available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"99 Luftballons," Nena"Up, Up, And Away," The 5th Dimension
"99 Luftballons," Nena"Float On," Modest Mouse

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"99 Read Balloons" originally "99 Red Balloons"
Not sure why they would 'read' balloons?

Change a Letter:

"99 Red Walloons" originally "99 Red Balloons"
Walloons: French Belgiums; protested Olympics
who cares what my name is

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"99 Red Balloons""Gliding-High Red Balloon"John A. Barry
"99 Red Balloons""Asinine Ted Buffoons"Poli-tick-ly Sexy
"99 Red Baloons""99 Days Ago"Onslaught
"99 Red Air Balloons""99 Mad Islamists"CryHavoc
"99 Red Balloons""The BSOD Song"TheLeedsLad
"99 Luftballons""Once I Find My Other Shoe"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"99 Luftballoons""Sugar High, I'd Watch Cartoons"Matthias
"99 Red Balloons""Adventure Time"SpencerTheGriffinator
"99 Red Ballons""99 Beers on the Bar"Dan Creeden
"99 Red Balloons""99 Dead Lampoons"blackjack21

There are additional Nena song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
99 LuftballonsNebraska Cornhuskers footballDon N. Ott
99 Red BalloonsParty supply storesVic George

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
99 Luftballons
1999 Luftballons
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
   Cyndi Lauper
99 Luftballons
Girls Just Want To Have 99 Luftballons
99 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall
99 Red Balloons
99 Red Bottles Of Balloons On The Beer Wall
99 Red Balloons
Black Balloon
   Goo Goo Dolls
99 Black Balloons
Calvin Amari
There are additional Nena duets that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

Misheard Lyrics:
Okay, you're Aunt Nate
Original Lyrics:
Okay, ihr ahnt nicht
"99 Luftballons"
Misheard Lyrics:
Original Lyrics:
Captain Kirk
"99 Luftballons"
Misheard Lyrics:
99 such rough balloons
Original Lyrics:
99 Luftballons
"99 Luftballons"
Misheard Lyrics:
Non-oo-non say loop-a-loop.
Original Lyrics:
Neunundneunzig Luftballons
There are additional Nena misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"99 Luftballons"
Misheard Lyrics:
Non-oo-non say loop-a-loop.
Original Lyrics:
Neunundneunzig Luftballons

Story about this misheard lyric by: Steve K

I thought that's what Drew Barrymore's character was singing in The Wedding Singer.

There are additional Nena misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"99 Red Balloons"
Better Lyrics:
99 Dead Babboons
Stinking up my living room
Not to fresh and not to sweet
They smell like Grandpa's stinky feet
Original Lyrics:
99 Red Ballons
Floating in the summer sky
Panic bells, it's red alert
There's something here from somewhere else
Submitted by: Gina

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"99 Red Balloons"
The Funny Lyrics:
Back at base,
bugs in the software flash the message
'Something's out there!'
Why They're Funny:
The entire song is about a mass of balloons causing World War iii. For some reason this line makes me laugh.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"99 Red Balloons"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
You and I, in a little toy shop
Buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got
Why They're Nonsensical:
How many average toy shops sell bags of 99 balloons? Even if they did, wouldn't that be a tad expensive for most people?
Submitted by: Brandon J. Gould

Inappropriate Song Lyrics:

"99 Red Balloons"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
99 Decision Street
99 ministers meet
To worry-worry, super-scurry
Call the troops out in a hurry
This is what we've waited for,
this is it boys, this is war!
The President is on the line
As 99 Red Balloons go by!
Why They're Inappropriate:
Just because these lyrics have the number 99 in them doesn't mean they have anything to do with the song! Apart from the last line, it has nothing to do with balloons!
Submitted by: Fozzy

Band Name Anagrams:

Nan E. Submitted by: Sonia Rinzaimayor
Anne Submitted by: That No-one Candy Nye

Foreign Language in English Songs:

"99 Luftballoons"
The Lyrics:
99 Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt man fuer UFOs aus dem All
Darum schickte ein General
Eine Fliegerstaffel hinterher
Alarm zu geben, Wenn es so war
Dabel war da am Horizont
Nur 99 Luftballons
99 Deusenjaeger
Jeder war ein grosser Krieger
Hiellen sich fuer Captain Kirk
Das gab ein grosses Feuerwerk
Die Nachbarn haben nichts gerafft
Und fuehlten sich gleich angernacht
Dabei schoss man am Horizont
Auf 99 Luftballons
99 Kriegsminister
Streichholz und Benzinkanister
Hielten sich fuer schlaue Leute
Witterten schon fette Beute
Riefen: Krieg und wollten Macht
Mann, wer haette das gedacht
Dass es einmal soweit kommt
Wegen 99 Luftballons
99 Luftballons
99 Jahre Krieg
Liessen keinen Platz fuer sieger
Kriegsminster gibt es nicht mehr
Und auch keine Duesenflieger
Heuteziehich meine Runden
Seh die Welt in Truernmern liegen
Hab' nen Luftballon gefunden
Denk' an Dich und lass' ihn fliegen
These are the last four verses of the 1984 hit, "99 Luftballoons" by Nena (the first verse is difficult for me as an English speaker and writer to transcribe onto this site). Back in 1983, the German synth rock/pop group Nena's song, "99 Luftballoons" seemed to be an odd choice for a #2 hit record in the U.S. Considering it was one of a few social conscience tunes out at the time, and in German to boot. It was definitely an anti-nuclear war tune, that perhaps a German audience could appreciate more at the time than could most audiences in the U.S. (since German was split during the cold war between the Communist East and the democratic West), and Germans were on the front line of the conflict between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. But alas it did become a hit in the U.S., especially when, in early 1984, Nena (led by lead singer Nena Kerner with 4 guys, a bassist, a guitarist, a drummer and a keyboardist -- just like most rock artists in the U.S. and Britain -- and even Australia and Canada), they re-recorded "99 Luftballoons" in English as "99 Red Balloons". Although Nena would never achieve the long lasting fame of fellow German rockers, the Scorpions and Falco, with this one hit, "99 Luftballoons" they would become memorable to many 1980's young people, worldwide. The song itself actually has some idea to it that the members of Nena had studied American history possibly better than many Americans did. For their reference to the "99 Red Balloons", to comment on possible nuclear war, harked backed to a little known incident during World War II when the Japanese tried to attack the western U.S. (Oregon and Washington state) by using bombs set in what looked like normal red balloons (the Japanese did not succeed in the plot, but a few of the balloons did drift down and did explode -- injuring a few people for a few years). Although both "99 Luftballoons" and the English version, "99 Red Balloons" became a #2 hit on Billboard Magazine's HOT 100 charts, in the rest of the English speaking world (Britain, Canada, Australia, etc), the English version didn't sell so well. Many people are much more fond of the original German version for it's more rhyming of the lyrics than the English version has (and it almost seems to some that the English version is slap together as an afterthought). The song itself would have a renewed interest and become a 1997 hit for a group named, Goldfinger. Goldfinger's version oddly enough combines both the German and English version to come up with an interesting bilingual hit.
Submitted by: Peter

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"99 Red Balloons"
The Lyrics:
You and I in a little toy shop Buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got.
Set them free at the break of dawn 'Til one by one, they were gone.
Back at the base, bugs in the software Flash the message, something's out there.
Floating in the summer sky.
99 red balloons go by.
99 red balloons Floating in the summer sky.
Panic bells, it's red alert.
There's something here from somewhere else.
The war machine springs to life.
Opens up one eager eye.
Focusing it on the sky.
Where 99 red balloons go by.
99 Decision street.
99 ministers meet.
To worry, worry, super-scurry.
Call the troops out in a hurry.
This is what we've waited for.
This is it boys, this is war.
The president is on the line As 99 red balloons go by.
99 Knights of the air Ride super-high-tech jet fighters.
Everyone's a superhero.
Everyone's a Captain Kirk.
With orders to identify.
To clarify and classify.
Scramble in the summer sky.
99 red balloons go by.
As 99 red balloons go by.
99 dreams I have had.
In every one a red balloon.
It's all over and I'm standing pretty, In this dust that was a city.
If I could find a souvenier, Just to prove the world was here.
And here is a red balloon I think of you and let it go.
This is the English version ("99 Red Balloons") of the German group Nena's 1984 smash world wide hit, "99 Luftballoons". It was obvious that Nena is referring to nuclear war and possble aftermath, and for young people that survived the cold war that could certainly make you feel depressed (and more than a little scared, heck with the possiblity of terrorist and rogue states possessing nuclear weapons it should still make us scared). But Nena made it into a dance hit, as well! And a well great synth-rock-pop (and powerpop) 1980's new wave hit! And in what probably, at that time at least, more insulated U.S. (from say Germany which was split during the cold war between Communist East Germany and the democratic West Germany that was facing the watching "war games" and possible nuclear war upfront between the U.S. and the then Soviet Union) it was a very interesting surprise that in the more conservative Reagan era year of 1984 (winter/February to be exact) that this little danceable ditty about nuclear war would make it to #2 on the Billboard Magazine HOT 100 charts (both the German and English version -- one of those rare double-sided hits). (It was stopped to go to #1 by Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon" and would be replaced at #2 the next week by Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"). And "99 Red Balloons" would prove to be a potent and big hit and used by many anti-nuclear war protestors throughout to the end of the cold war in 1991 when the Soviet Union fell apart. I myself, in August 1985 (when I was 21 years old -- with the risk of dating myself), participated in a silent demonstration/memorial for the 40th anniversary of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima where we used the concepts that Nena brought up in the song "99 Red Balloons" and released red balloons as Nena does in the end of the video for the song (and this was in all places around Orange Lake in New Port Richey, Florida -- certainly not the hotbed of a lot of liberal political mobilization).
Submitted by: Peter

TV and Movies Mentioned in Lyrics:

"99 Balloons"
The Lyrics:
Ninety-nine jet aviators
Everyone was a great warrior
Holding themselves for Captain Kirk
A reference to "Star Trek T.O.S".
Submitted by: Tarzan

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