Nena (Band)

Nena was a German music group of the German New Wave, which was active from 1982 to 1987. Their greatest worldwide success was 99 balloons.


Through a part-time job in the office of Jim missile as processor fan mail the group Spliff Spliff the members Reinhold Heil and Manfred Praeker were on Nena, whose real name Gabriele Susanne Kerner, attentive and decided to produce her a plate.

In Berlin Spliff Studio the title was recorded in 1982 only dreamed of. This was also published in May 1982, but remained largely ignored. A wide audience and single belt were enabled by an appearance in the television program Musikladen on 17 August 1982. The song became subsequently become a big hit in German-speaking and helped the band as the commercial breakthrough.

In January 1983, the group released their second single, 99 balloons, which quickly climbed to No. 1 on the German charts, itself held a total of 23 weeks and was greeted with platinum. In other, at first only European countries, came the title in the charts. Also the first album Nena, from the next 99 balloons hit the lighthouse was also coupled out, went gold and platinum in several countries. In parallel with the appearance of the second album? (Question mark) in early 1984 came the title 99 balloons on a world-wide interest. He became famous in the United States that Christiane F. on the promotional tour for the film adaptation of her autobiography We Children from Bahnhof Zoo in an interview a tape with her ​​favorite songs was happening and the reporter recognized the hit potential. The title has sold over 600,000 times in a short time and got into the U.S. charts at number two. The title won # 1 on the sales charts, including Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The then subsequently English version 99 Red Balloons also managed in the UK in early 1984 up to the top.

Many hits of the group composed of keyboardist Uwe Fahrenkrog- Petersen. The texts came for the most part by guitarist Carlo Karges. For Nenas comeback in 2002 produced, among other things Uwe Fahrenkrog -Petersen Album.

Carlo Karges died on 30 January 2002 in Hamburg.

2001-2011 published several compilation albums, among others Dance on the Volcano, Definitive Collection ( digitally remastered), Happy - The Singles 1982-2002, One for the Money and The Collection. 2003 feat Nena - 20 years on the 20th anniversary of the group album. Nena released, with new recordings of all the hits that partly deviate significantly from the originals. Involved in this case have Kim Wilde, Udo Lindenberg and Joachim Witt.