Music / Nina Hagen

Nina Hagen is a Crazy Awesome German singer - the face, heart and soul of 80's Berlin punk rock. She's known for experimenting with different styles (gospel is a recent favourite, as she's suddenly found Jesus), usually with definite opera, reggae, synth pop and classic rock influences. When she still lived in East Germany, she scored her first popular song with the poppy "Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen". Her fashion style is extremely flamboyant and her mannerisms are downright clownish, and her vocal range spans at least four octaves. She has a reputation of being a Cloud Cuckoolander and was for a time a favorite to be invited to various talk shows where she would spout weird views and Ice-Cream Koan s

Career highlights include her first rock hit "Unbeschreiblich Weiblich" back in 1978, her drug-fueled relationship with Dutch punk artist Herman Brood, and her much lauded performance as Mrs. Peachum in a 1999 concert version of The Threepenny Opera. Also, she was Sally in the German dub of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Yubaba in Spirited Away. She also provided the theme song to the anime film Tenchi Muyo! in Love, "Alchemy of Love".