14 August 2010

N is for Nena

"99 Knights of the air
Ride super-high-tech jet fighters
Everyone's a superhero.
Everyone's a Captain Kirk."

German-born Gabriele Susanne Kerner acquired her nickname "Nena" (which means "baby girl" in Spanish) at the age of 3 during a holiday in Spain. Their band (of the same name) was formed with Nena on vocals, Rolf Brendel (drums), Carlo Karges (guitar), Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen (keyboard) and Jürgen Dehmel (bass). They rose to international fame in 1984 with the New Wave song "99 Luftballons", re-recorded in English as "99 Red Balloons".

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