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99 luftballons by sonicelectronic 99 luftballons by sonicelectronic
You and I in a little toy shop
I 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 base, bugs in the software
Flash the message: "Something's out there"
Floating in the summer sky
99 red ballons 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
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 silver hero
Everyone's a Captain Kirk
With orders to identify
To clarify and classify
Scramble in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by

99 dreams I have had
And every one a red ballon
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

picture based on "99 luftballons" (99 red balloons) originally sung in german by Nena (there is an english version). While the song is amusing in the front, it actually sends an interesting message. Too bad a lot of it was lost in translation...

Ayotte, Lump'a-rock & Wilbur belong to A*KiNG!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2006-01-28
Sometimes you just particularly adore something for no apparent reason. Usually for me it's the combination of a variety of things that all click together in a way that makes the deviation hit you just right. With 99 luftballons by *sonicelectronic, the extremely stylistic method of communicating a message has made me stare at this piece for a long time. ( Suggested by Stardrunk and Featured by briteddy )
rilencavy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Hast du etwas zeit fur mich singe ich ein lied fur dich...
I loove that song!!
chaosgirl13 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I love that song!
CaptainMcClellan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Oh lerd... the English verzh, no wonder there's a wierdish creature that I must now ask you to identify for me. WHAZZAT? (It's cool, but I really do wanna know.) SECONDLY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY: (My OCD forces me) WHERE THE F&&& did the "Red" come from. That's BS! Red in German is "Rot" It's not "Neunundneuzig Rotballons" dem it! It's AIRBALLOON! AIRBALLOON! It still fits, why did they change it? WHY!?!?!??!? Grrr.... And another thing, the English version (and I've tried this) doesn't fit the rythym, the translation of the German, it fits the song better than the English vers. (Which is largely a rewrite.) So why couldn't they have gone with that? Did they think we were too stupid to get it? Did they think it would be better if it was turned into a love song! NO! ~Insert rest of rant here.~

Anyway, LONG story short, the song rocks, the English version sucks but at least it was by the same band so it doesn't suck as bad. I'm pretty sure they slowed down the English version, and there's a few hundred other related things I could rant about but I will spare you as I should be commenting on the PICTURE.

That said: This is really awesome, I love your war machine in the back o'er yon (looks kinda like one o' Plankton's contraptions), the angry rock by the thingy cracked me up, and whatever that thing is, it looks pretty cool. It's kinda light, witty and comical take on what is, when thought about, a pretty dark song about humanity's fails and the impending doom. Also, having once drawn out 99 red balloons by hand with a laptop touchpad (and cramping, oh so cramping in the hand.) I am definetly affected by the fan fever that's well earned by this song, and well shown here.
Scar-1366 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
this is really cute!!!!! I love Nena, but i like the German 99 Luftballons. the English was is ok.
IceValaxy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Student Digital Artist
XD LOL, this is awesome :D my friend Timmy's been nagging me all day with that song =P
emokidswill Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
i've always loved this picture <3 it has so much going on without too much going on and it's really nice to see the war-like scene in the back going on in the middle of the day with such a cute cute girl in the front <3 totally adore her curves!! i've always really liked how you draw girls in super cute and tiny outfits and still manage to make them look oh so cute and lovable without looking slutty haha
DreadHead309 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
do you know what's interesting... americans translated it wrong... it isn't 'Red ballons' it's air balloons.
Head-of-Death Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, Nena! I love the song too^^ but I don't know the english version*-*"

The expression of Ayotte is cool! It really represents the song so much!! Great work!
MidnightInMoscow Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
Cool! I love that song!
xelaalex Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
Who's A*KiNG? That Ayotte girl is CUTE! X3 she's so cool!
sonicelectronic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Professional Filmographer
me xD

and thanks for the comment! that's very sweet of you~!
xelaalex Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
Yeah, your character reminds me a lot of the Chinese alien Lala, almost identical in style! She's this girl [link]
I have a really big interest in her, I might watch you to see more of your character who looks like her.
sonicelectronic Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional Filmographer
that's pretty interesting, I've never seen her before; Ayotte was made many years ago so no influence from there, sorry! The only thing really similar is the hair colour~ but thanks^^
xelaalex Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Yes, she is an interesting character, only seen in China! Not even countries near China know about her or much about the rest of the series, Blue Cat (the name of the cartoon she's in) is a real mystery! I think your character's eyes look like hers...
kamikaze0zero Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
darkchild289 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
wow, like the pic.
and i was listening to the song when i found it. haha
sonicelectronic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Filmographer
LOL ironic xD Thanks for the comment!
darkchild289 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, very.
And you're welcome. ^^
Steeljaw68 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
99 luftballons was a kewl song back in the day when it first came out.. So, I like the cute pic you done for it.
asexualgoddess Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
man i love that song! also the picture is lovely <3
Spectacular I love that song and the picture is amazing.
alyssa-is-on-crack Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
I love your drawing style!
jumballoyd Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
I'm liking your style; very modern, stylish, and chic. I personally like the outfit, and the pose fits in with what's going on in the city. Nice work!
chun64 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
I found that song recently and ended up falling in love with it. Awesome representation through your pic.
Dragoonfliy Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Starts belting out into bouts of German song...

Cute yet vaugely creepy...Awesome!
Crab-Hermit Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
Excellent work!
Ditza Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007   Artist
CUTE!!!!! fav**
Vicious713 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't expect this sudden burst of cuteness to slap me in the face as soon as i checked out your profile page :o!
TheViewer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
The picture is actually very good but I just have to play the wise ass here. :groucho:
You know what? I'm from Germany and there nouns are written with a BIG Letter At The Start.
Harris2300 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
Judging from the english lyrics, the song points out the dangers that exist in a scociety that's under the constant threat of war or any other kind of retaliation. This occured recently during the infamous 9/11/01 attack. When people are in a pannicky state, it becomes impossible for them to make rational judgments, but it does become easy for politicians to take advantage of that blind fear for selfish political gain. This was especially true during the o-so materialistc 1980's. The Cold War was coming to a close but fear of Communism was still running strong in the US.
BabyStingray Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
Love the picture...And I was listening to that song right before I looked at this. lol!
Wild-Espy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
99 Red Balloons is the only song from the 80's that I ever liked. I'm so happy that someone dedicated there artwork to it!
skyhart24 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
I love this song <3
BobbleBrain Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
I think you really caught the feeling of the song...the innocence with a deeper meaning.
And coincidentally I am listening to that song right now.
MachineGun-Baby Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
I LOVE IT!!! such a good song, in the summer i listened to it over and over ...especially the version by a band named rocks. Everytime i see a balloon in the sky i think of it.
Taigan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
One of my favorite songs... because I listened to the words.
Gubble Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
I really love the way you drew the character and the colouring looks simply great!
Fyzel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
This makes me ultra-happy. Like, really really really blissful. I am SO glad I found this again. I saw it a long time ago (when it was a DD), and was gonna fave it when I logged back in, but I either forgot about it or lost it. And now I found it again.

...this piece makes me ultra-happy.

+fav'd. I love the irony. And that zero-outline solid-shape style that's actually pulled off WELL.
Crazedcocoa Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006   Interface Designer
oh, wow! I've heard and seen fanrt by and for you, and to see this, I'm thouroughly impressed. Vector art is something of a mystery to me, but you definitely inspired me to look more into this! Superb job! :heart:
aalif Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
Wow. You have the most amazing unique style I've seen for anthro on dA!
parallelogram Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2006
I love the song and that's such a great pic to go with it! I've only heard the english version so the luft part threw me off.
D-Evolution Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional Writer
I always have loved this song...

Feltrex Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
What a scary looking rock.... *points to the lower right* and why is everyone trying to shoot down the red balloons~!? Let the balloons be freeeeee! :XD:
AngeloftheInfernal Featured By Owner May 19, 2006
No idea what's going on there but I like the pic. What's really weird is even though she's some kind of alien chick (or other), she's kinda cute.
AlexEvansArt Featured By Owner May 19, 2006
thanks for this
it makes me very happy
Franny-san Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2006
Wow! Nicely done! I like the expression, pose, adn the colors used. Nice work! :+fav:
elindor Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love that song, it gives me shivers with the "this is what we've waited for, this is it boys, this is war." It's sad ; ;

and this image is totally cool, how did you do the colouring and stuff, it's a lovely effect.
fizzyfluff Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2006
love that song. beautiful art! :)
secretbear Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006   Interface Designer
th message did get lost in translation until i saw this. i love it.
originallly it caught my eye cause of her bindi...and iv made a series of 3 wallpapers based on the same song...
completely love how you captured the feeling of the lyrics.
saralynn Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006
I love the colors and the way you drew her figure. :) Very sleek and stylish.
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