It doesn’t matter how many times I watch this music video. The headbangers in front of the wall will always be funny to me.
According to Wikipedia, this was filmed in London during January of 1984. I’m not sure if that meant in a studio or not because if you look carefully at the left-hand side at the beginning, you’ll see what looks like car headlights going past. Maybe they did film this outside. That really is lead-singer Udo Dirkschneider riding the wrecking ball. Here’s a quote from him about it taken from Songfacts:
“It was very cold in London, near the airport,” Udo told us. “It was very cold, and especially when I had to step on this wrecking ball. That was something else. I said, ‘Please, no, I don’t want to do this!’ But in the end, I was young, so I said, ‘Okay, here we go.’ But it was freezing like hell.”
It would explain what looks like rain on the lens near the end of the video. There also appears to be wind since it does knock over something onstage and you can see their hair blowing to the right. It could be simulated, but given the quote from Dirkschneider, I’m not sure.
If you’re curious, and the video wasn’t clear about it, here is a quote from guitarist Wolf Hoffmann about the meaning of the song:
“We’ve always been interested in politics and in human rights and things like that, so a lot of the lyrics that we had in those days, and to the end actually, were dealing with human rights, for instance, and that’s really what ‘Balls To The Wall’ is all about. ‘One day the tortured will stand up and kick some ass!'”
In other words, it’s their version of We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister. Makes sense that Julien Temple directed this video seeing as he also did Breaking The Law for Judas Priest. It would be fun to go through a retrospective of Julien Temple’s music videos. You wanna see him do ABC? You can. How about some Stray Cats? Yep! Dexy’s Midnight Runners? Absolutely. Sade? No problem. Kenny Rogers? Of course. Janet Jackson? Sure! It goes on and on. In the meantime, enjoy this video.