Beginning in 1982, Nena became one of the most
successful pop stars Germany had ever seen,
especially given the unique success of the original
German-language version of the single "99
Luftballons" in the U.S. in 1984. With the full
name of Nena Kerner, she had spent one year as
vocalist for the Stripes (who disbanded after just
one unsuccessful album in 1980), then assembled
a band in Berlin called Nena. The lineup included
herself as vocalist, Carlo Karges on guitar, Uwe
Fahrenkrog-Petersen on keyboards, Jürgen
Dehmel on bass, and Rolf Brendel on drums.
Their debut single, "Nur Geträumt," became a
number one success in German-speaking
countries after the band's first TV appearance on
the Musikladen TV program on August 21, 1982.
"99 Luftballons" followed, quickly becoming a
worldwide smash, although by mid-1985, sales
of Nena's records, and the attendance numbers on
her 1985 tour dates dropped, which led to the
eventual end of the band in mid-1987.