Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann

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"Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann"
Single by Nena
from the album Feuer und Flamme
B-side "Ganz oben (live)"
Released 5 October 1984
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
Recorded Summer 1984
Genre Neue Deutsche Welle, new wave, synthpop, pop rock
Length 4:10
Label CBS
Writer(s) Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, Carlo Karges
Producer(s) Reinhold Heil
Nena singles chronology
"Lass mich dein Pirat sein"
(1984)
"Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann"
(1984)
"Just a dream"
(1984)

"Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann" is a 1984 love song by Nena which was a commercial success in Europe. Released initially as single,[1] it's been also included on Nena's 1985 album Feuer und Flamme. Due to the success many cover versions of this song appeared, including samples as well as other languages. "Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime" is an English-language variant of the song. In its various incarnations it has been Nena’s 2nd most successful song of all-time behind only 99 Luftballons. Both songs were written by Nena (band) members Jörn-Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen and Carlo Karges and between them have had in the 21st century a near duopoly of being the final rock song that Nena plays at the end of her live concerts.[2]


Original version[edit]

Described by Allmusic as a “towering all-time Nena classic”,[3] Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann (German for somehow, somewhere, sometime) is a love song, the singer saying that in the mists of time and space, now is the time for some tenderness “before the night returns”.[4] Although she didn’t write them herself, Nena has suggested that the hookline (“Give me your hand, I’ll build you a sandcastle somehow somewhere sometime”) refers to building sandcastles in Potsdamer Square in Berlin during the Cold War.[5] Cold War Berlin is where Nena spent the few years immediately before becoming famous, at which time Potsdamer Platz was a desolate No Man’s Land in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. The tender lyric is set to a rumbustious, free-flowing and catchy tune.

Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgenwann reached #3 in the German charts in 1984.[6] It was the last Top 10 hit Nena was to have in her homeland for 18 years until she reprised the song as the duet "Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime" with Kim Wilde as part of her 2002 career revival brought about by the triple platinum Nena feat. Nena album.

Music video description[edit]

At the beginning of the music video itself a garage door opens and Nena emerges and runs through spider webs. She goes to a car in another scene, people running and snap it. Nena then goes through a pyramid and sees a mummy awakened by Nena touch to life. When Nena in a later scene sits in the car, soldiers pass through the area and one of them joins her. In cutscenes Nena performs the song with some studio musicians. Later, a guy runs in front of a dragon with the wheels and away to safety after he weighs in front of him, Nena comes to him. After this, Nena is seen as a samurai, when they sneak nearly falls into a hole and is rescued by the guy. Before the end of the clip a few excerpts of the video will be shown again. The scenes in which Nena presents the song are taken from a live concert. The video was shot in the middle of Germany 1984.[7]

Track listings[edit]

7" Single CBS A 4710 1984

  1. Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann 4:10
  2. Ganz oben (Live) 4:38

12" Maxi CBS A 12.4710 1984

  1. Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann (Special 12" Dance-Mix) 7:15
  2. Ganz oben (Live) 3:53
  3. Der Bus is' schon weg (Live) 2:44

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984/1985) Peak
position
German Singles Chart 3
Austrian Singles Chart 7
Swiss Singles Chart 2
Dutch Singles Chart 13

Jan Delay version[edit]

"Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann"
Single by Jan Delay featuring Dennis Dubplate and Absolute Beginner
from the album Das gibt's nur einmal
Released 4 December 1999
Format CD
Recorded 1998
Genre Hip hop, reggae
Length 5:30
Label EMI
Writer(s) Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, Carlo Karges
Producer(s) Matthias Arfmann, Jan Eissfeldt
Jan Delay singles chronology
"Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann"
(1999)
"Ich möchte nicht, dass ihr meine Lieder singt"
(2001)

In 1999 Jan Delay with Denyo and Beginner covered this song for the compilation album Das gibt's nur einmal of the TV project Pop 2000 by ARD and Viva. Just like the original this cover was also successful in Germany. Unlike the original, this version also contains a rap verse.

The music video was filmed on a beach, starting with Jan Delay with a dog in his arms, and some women. While he performs the song, you can see fish and a couple of women swimming in the water. They also keep a few signs up showing among other things 77 and Nazis out. At the end of a radio clips will be thrown into the water.[8]

Track listings[edit]

Maxi-CD Grönland 7243 8 87923 2 5 / EAN 0724388792325 1999

  1. Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann 5:30
  2. Jan Delay a. k. a. Eissfeldt - B-Side 4:08

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
German Singles Chart 2
Austrian Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart 5

Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime[edit]

"Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime"
Single by Nena and Kim Wilde
from the album Nena feat. Nena
B-side "Nur geträumt" and "Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann"
Released 18 May 2003 (2003-05-18)
Format CD-single
Recorded 2002
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:02 (Album Version)
3:42 (Radio Version)
Label Edel
Writer(s) Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, Carlo Karges, Lisa Dalbello
Producer(s) Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, Jeo Pard, Gena Wernick
Nena singles chronology
"Wunder gescheh'n"
(2002)
"Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime"
(2003)
"Nur geträumt"
(2003)
Kim Wilde singles chronology
"Born to Be Wild"
(2002)
"Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime"
(2003)
"You Came"
(2006)

An all-English version of "Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann" called "Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime" was included on Nena's 1985 album It's All in the Game (the English-language version of Feuer und Flamme), but has never been released as a single.

In 2002, celebrating twenty years of the beginning of her success in former Nena band, Nena recorded a new album Nena feat. Nena that contains a new version of the song with the combined English and German lyrics, performed with British singer Kim Wilde.[9] The video was filmed in and around Change Alley, London EC3.

It was a best-selling hit all over the European continent, but was not released in the UK.

Nena and Kim Wilde appeared together several times in 2003 to promote the single on various TV programmes[10] and performed the song live during Nena’s October 2002 concert in Frankfurt marking the 20th anniversary year of the Nena (band)’s debut.[11] Since then they duetted together again in 2006 on the re-make of "You keep me hanging on" on Kim Wilde's Never Say Never (Kim Wilde album) but did not perform "Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime" live again until a joint concert in Saasveld, Netherlands on 13 December 2014.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Austria 1
Netherlands 1
Belgium 2
Germany 3
Switzerland 9
Denmark 19

Other notable recorded versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1984 single by Nena:
  2. ^ "Nena concert dates and set lists". Nena.de. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Allmusic review of "Feuer und Flamme"". allmusic.com. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lyrics and credits to "Irgendwie irgendwo irgendwann"". Nena.de. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  5. ^ See article entitled "My name is Nena" on pages 8 and 9 of the Atlantic Times supplement "Berlin" published 2 November 2014
  6. ^ "Official German charts". Charts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Music video from the Nena version in MyVideo
  8. ^ Music video of the Jan Delay version on YouTube
  9. ^ 2003 single by Nena and Kim Wilde:
  10. ^ "Nena TV appearances 2003". Nena.de. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  11. ^ ""Nena feat. Nena live" DVD playlist". Nena.de. Retrieved 11 November 2014.