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Gabriele Susanne Kerner (born March 25, 1960, in the city of Hagen), better known by her stage name Nena, is a German singer. She is best known for her 1983 hit song "99 Luftballons" ("99 Red Balloons" in English).


As the band Nena:
  • Nena (1983)
  • 99 Luftballons (1984)
  • ? (Fragezeichen) (1983)
  • Feuer und Flamme (1985)
  • It's All in the Game (1985)
  • Eisbrecher (1986)

As the solo artist Nena:

  • Wunder gescheh'n (1989)
  • Bongo Girl (1992)
  • Und alles dreht sich (1994)
  • Jamma nich (1997)
  • Wenn alles richtig ist, dann stimmt was nich (1998)
  • Chokmah (2001)
  • Nena feat. Nena (2002)
  • Willst du mit mir gehn (2005)
  • Cover Me (2007)
  • Made in Germany (2009)
  • Du bist gut (2012)
  • Oldschool (2015)


99 Lufttropes!

  • Cold War: The government paranoia and their finger hovering over the button of nuclear annihilation by the slightest incentive are reflected in "99 Luftballons."
  • Cover Song: Cover Me is an entire album of her covering various other artists, including The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and The Cure.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Mixed with Throw It In!, for the video for "99 Luftballons", according to the old Pop-up Video show on VH-1. Apparently, the explosions in the video were set off a bit too close to the stage, genuinely scaring Nena. Her being held by one of her bandmates near the end was therefore not intended by the director, but was a genuine attempt to comfort her.
  • Let's Duet: Performed one with Kim Wilde on the song "Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "99 Luftballons" is a catchy, dancable Post-Punk song about the military bombing a small town after mistaking some balloons for bogies. Kerner jokes that this was why the English version she recorded wasn't as successful.
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  • My Name Is ???: One of her songs is simply titled "?".
  • Shoot Everything That Moves: What "99 Luftballons" is about: "Something showing up on the radar? No time to figure out what it is! Nuke it!"


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