Happy Birthday (50) Grandma NENA
"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. Beginning in 1989, Nena worked as a solo artist, releasing albums of songs composed mainly by herself and befriended musicians she chose as co-authors. (She also chose not to have a permanent band, as had been the case in the '80s, neither in the studio nor on tour.) Her first solo tour came in 1993, then pregnancies led to a minimum of live appearances until 1997. Then, she began touring (mainly Germany) once or twice a year, remarkably backed predominantly by U.S. musicians in addition to Germans.
Throughout the '90s, she was to be seen regularly on German TV (including hosting a variety show series called Metro during 1993). She stayed true to her unique musical blend of melodic vocals paired with a rock style ranging from the variety of the Beatles to the harder sounds of the Rolling Stones or even the Ramones (with the harder rock sound being her preferred style when on tour). Beginning in 1990, she has also made a number of albums specifically for children and done voice-overs or contributed songs to cartoon movies and one cartoon series.
After an ambitious, electronic-based album of 2001, Chokmah, failed to garner attention, in 2002 Nena decided to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her breakthrough with an album of new versions of her hits, Feat. Nena: Live. To everyone's surprise, the audience response was sensational, actually replicating the runaway success of 20 years before. The following double album of new material in 2005, Willst Du Mit Mir Gehn (half of which premiered a heavier rock style) again went platinum, indicating that she had indeed established a strong basis among a new audience.
01 - Nur geträumt
02 - ganz oben
03 - In meinem Leben
04 - Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime (with Kim Wilde)
05 - 99 Red Ballons
06 - ?
07 - Hangin' On You
08 - Just A Dream
09 - Let Me Be Your Pirate
10 - Conversation
11 - You Don't Have To Cry
12 - Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime
13 - Satellitenstadt (live)