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Nena

Beginning in 1982, Nena became one of the most successful pop stars Germany had ever seen, especially given the unique success of the original German-language version of the single "99 Luftballons" in the U.S. in 1984. With the full name of Nena Kerner, she had spent one year as vocalist for the Stripes (who disbanded after just one unsuccessful album in 1980), then assembled a band in Berlin called Nena. The lineup included herself as vocalist, Carlo Karges on guitar, Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen on keyboards, Jürgen Dehmel on bass, and Rolf Brendel on drums. Their debut single, "Nur Geträumt," became a number one success in German-speaking countries after the band's first TV appearance on the Musikladen TV program on August 21, 1982.

"99 Luftballons" followed, quickly becoming a worldwide smash, although by mid-1985, sales of Nena's records, and the attendance numbers on her 1985 tour dates dropped, which led to the eventual end of the band in mid-1987. Beginning in 1989, Nena worked as a solo artist, releasing albums of songs composed mainly by herself and befriended musicians she chose as co-authors. (She also chose not to have a permanent band, as had been the case in the '80s, neither in the studio nor on tour.) Her first solo tour came in 1993, then pregnancies led to a minimum of live appearances until 1997. Then, she began touring (mainly Germany) once or twice a year, remarkably backed predominantly by U.S. musicians in addition to Germans.

Throughout the '90s, she was to be seen regularly on German TV (including hosting a variety show series called Metro during 1993). She stayed true to her unique musical blend of melodic vocals paired with a rock style ranging from the variety of the Beatles to the harder sounds of the Rolling Stones or even the Ramones (with the harder rock sound being her preferred style when on tour). Beginning in 1990, she has also made a number of albums specifically for children and done voice-overs or contributed songs to cartoon movies and one cartoon series.

After an ambitious, electronic-based album of 2001, Chokmah, failed to garner attention, in 2002 Nena decided to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her breakthrough with an album of new versions of her hits, Feat. Nena: Live. To everyone's surprise, the audience response was sensational, actually replicating the runaway success of 20 years before. The following double album of new material in 2005, Willst Du Mit Mir Gehn (half of which premiered a heavier rock style) again went platinum, indicating that she had indeed established a strong basis among a new audience. 2007 then saw the release of a covers album, entitled Cover Me, which featured Nena's own versions of tracks by the likes of The Rolling Stones and Moby. In 2009, Nena released Made in Germany, her sixteenth studio album, followed by Made in Germany Live and Best of Nina, both arriving in 2010. Du Bist Gut was then released two years later. ~ Alan Severa, Rovi
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She was for sure super confused about why she went for the pixie look
Nena was a hotty ... even with the pit hairs.... HAHAHAHA!!!
MsBones you are WAAAY off ...Luft does in fact translate to Air ... ever hear of the Luftwaffe... translation= air force...
Rot means red!
99 Luftballons klingt besser auf Deutsch.
bpafun
This is a German version of the English 99 red balloons which was popular in the 80's
"Luft" means red. She's saying "99 red balloons go by" Luft does not mean air people.
maddyshenk
Yep, and red is rot.
bettina795
No, "luft" means "air". And it's about 99 balloons going up in the air, being mistaken for enemy planes and thus starting a war.
I think this song was about war.
luft means red people.
Who doesn't completely and totally Love This Song!?!?!
Nena, I don't speak German, but you do speak American. The Bath thing was real. So...<><
Who doesn't completely and totally Love This Song!?!?! Nena, I don't speak German, but I do speak... Bubble Bath!!!
99 luftaballons . . . . . . love dis song!!!!!
811432216
I meant well done nena!
811432216
English version is fantastic! Well done none!
I love this album.
Let me be your pirate
Love Nena. Even her German language songs like this one. My grandparents spoke German only. I know a little to get her lyrics.
I always laff when Imention Nina Hagen - because EVERYONE thinks I'm talkin' Nena . . . nope - not even CLOSE !!
kiss your hand 5 times and then post this on 2 different songs and then an ipod will appear under your pillow
jeremy.benso n 5
Her German singing voice is very sexy
Her English singing voice is cute!
kingthomas11 7 is right the 80s is when music had a meaning
kiss your hand 10 times and say your crushes name 15 times post this on two other songs then look at your hand
vic_dlg
Love Mena she is so pretty
Oh yeah, I just heard one of her non-English hits, something about film & music stars. She's great! I only heard 99 Red Balloons growing up.
Follow me & I'll follow back. I like Nena, Erasure, Kraftwerk, Yelle, Afrika Baambata & The Soul Sonic Force, War, The Association, New Order, Blondie, Big Mama Thornton, Etta James, The English Beat, Nina Simone, Nona Hendryx, Jimi Hendryx, Burning Spear, The Go-go's, Le Tigre, Sleater-Kinn e y , Etta James, Siouxsie and the Banshees, X-Ray Spex, & more.
NOOO she was not a one hit wonder. she is just a German artist and she redid Luftballons for the American population.
Have you ever heard of the American version.I dont frankrsie deutch
Prefer the german version over the English :)
love this song!
What a nice song.
The brings out old memories
OMG my favourite, i luv this :)
kingthomas11 7
I love you nena. Man the 80 s, thats when music had meaning
Best german song ever!
bootsylove
your nuber one!!
I HAD LUFT BALLONS ON A 45
One hit wonder???
She's cute. Also, the Seven Seconds version of Balloons is pretty much the best sing they (Seven Seconds) ever did.
mgunter2
What everyone forgets is that she released an all English record All in the Game that, unfortunatel y was not a big hit in the US. I am still looking for another copy since the cassette I once had is no more.
I don't speak German but could sing 99 Luftballons better than 99 Red Balloons :-)
coldwarrior1
Ahhh...the balloon
bevthrower
OMG - all these years I thought she was DEAD! (We heard she committed suicide back in the 80s.) She rocks!
cinemadude
Captain Kurk ....AWESOME! Americans have no idea what great musical stuff happens around the rest of the world.
Ich glaub du bist mein Engel...
99 Luffballons make me think of the scene out of Boogie Nights where they are at that drug dealers house...grea t music
mizmanet
Ich liebe Nena. Still I like the German version SO much better. Know it better too haha.
99 red ballonns
nice
housedoctor5 0
SOFA METS DEAR DANO?
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