Dann singe ich ein Lied für dich..." Translation
Gabriele Susanne Kerner (born March 25, 1960), 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).
DiscographyAs the band Nena:
- Nena (1983)
- 99 Luftballons (1984)note
- ? (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)
- After the End: The final verse of "99 Luftballons" has a survivor exploring a ruined city after "ninety-nine years of war" has destroyed civilization as we know it.
- Book Ends: 99 Luftballons opens with the English version of the Title Track and ends with the German version.
- 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.
- Let's Duet: Performed one with Kim Wilde on the song "Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime".
- Lyrical Dissonance: "99 Luftballons" is a catchy, danceable 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.
- The Movie Buff: The song "Kino" is essentially about one's love of going to the movies.
- 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!"