Goldfinger Finds Lift With "99 Red Balloons"

Goldfinger will join Eve 6 and Dynamite Hack next week in Atlanta to kick off a joint month-long tour, and the Los Angeles ska punkers will be out touting their new single, a cover of the '80s bilingual classic "99 Red Balloons".

German New wave singer Nena scored an international hit with her original take on the track, titled "99 Luftballoons," in 1984, and eventually re-recorded the song in English, a version which failed to chart as high as the Germanic one.

Inspired by the 7 Seconds cover of the song from 1985, Goldfinger first recorded "99 Red Balloons" for inclusion on its 1997 EP, "Darrin's Coconut Ass," but decided to save it for the band's just-released "Stomping Ground" LP.

Singer John Feldman opted to incorporate elements and lyrics from both versions of "99 Luftballoons" into the Goldfinger cover -- with the help of a German vocal coach.

"I was so

stoked [about]

the way I sang the German parts," Feldman told the MTV Radio Network. "I don't speak a word of German, but I had this coach that kind of helped me and I listened to it and go, 'Wow, I speak German.'" [RealVideo]

"I kind of have learned [the song's message] since I did it," he added. "At the time, I had no clue, but it's definitely a wartime song. It's funny, 'cause when I was a kid and I heard the Nena version -- and even when I heard the 7 Seconds version -- it seemed more like a pop song.

"I mean, it's '99 air balloons' -- they're talking about the end of [World War II] and stuff. And over

here, with '99 Red Balloons,' they kind of switched

it over for the English version to make it more American and happy-sounding rather than depressing. But it's definitely a different song in German than it is in English. That's for sure." [RealVideo]

The Goldfinger, Dynamite Hack, and Eve 6 tour starts on July 6 at the Roxy Theatre (see "Eve 6 Sets Dates For Goldfinger, Dynamite Hack Tour"), and prior to the tour, on July 2, Goldfinger and Dynamite Hack will travel to Milwaukee to play the Summerfest concert.