I probably don’t need to remind you of the Eighties classic “99 Luftballons” by Nena, which at the time was the name of a band headed by Gabriele Susanne Kerner, though she’d been using the nickname “Nena” since her teens. In the States, Epic released a single with the 1983 German version on one side and an English-language version on the other; the English lyrics are not a translation, but an interpretation, of the German original, which may or may not have had something to do with this cover.

After 1987, the band split up, and Nena reclaimed her name. Although she makes no chart noise on this side of the pond, she’s still making hits at home. Here’s a shot from a 2010 concert in Potsdam:

Nena in concert in Potsdam 2010

From her 2009 album Made in Germany, this is the lead single, “Wir sind wahr” (“We are true”):

As you may have figured, she’s 55 today.

(Photo source.)



  1. McGehee »

    24 March 2015 · 3:42 pm

    I remember facepalming (when facepalming wasn’t true) about the story told by the red balloons song, but if she was only 23 she was entitled to say things in that range of smartness or lack thereof.

    Then again, I was only 21 when I knew how unsmart the song’s narrative was…

  2. McGehee »

    24 March 2015 · 3:42 pm

    Gah. “…when facepalming wasn’t cool.”

  3. Joe »

    25 March 2015 · 5:52 am

    She is still gorgeous at 55

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    6 April 2015 · 11:29 am

    […] For seconds, it was Khloe Kardashian, Doris Merrick, and Victoria’s Secret. Dustbury offered Nena, Carly Simon, and Cindy Crawford, and Loose Endz remarked on criticism of Gal Gadot’s boobs. […]

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