If you have heard of Nina Hagen you must have come across her debut album Nina Hagen Band. This was her first release after she was expatriated from East Germany and released by CBS Records in 1978. Following this, Hagen travelled to London and became familiar with the latest music genres there like reggae and pop music. When she came back to Germany, she collaborated with musicians Potschka, Praeker, Herwig Mitteregger, and Reinhold Heil in 1977 to form Nina Hagen band. In this album that received additional production from Ralf Nowy and Tom Muller, Nina has written most of the soundtracks.
When this album was officially launched, it received rave reviews from critics far and wide. They appreciated Hagen’s vocals, which was different from how she used to sign in her East German albums. This went onto become a huge success, climbing the charts to reach the 11th position in Germany, and becoming a part of music charts in countries like Netherlands and Austria. This album was declared gold by BVMI and it went onto sell as many as 250,000 copies.
About Nina Hagen:
Nina Hagen was nicknamed “Godmother of Punk” and this German songwriter and singer is better known for her unconventional looks, theatrical vocals, and iconic lyrics. She was born in 1955 in East Germany. She was known back then as Catherina Hagen and began her career as an actress along with Eva-Maria Hagen, her mother. In 1974, she recorded her first hit number with a band called Automobil. But, she soon left East Germany when her step-father’s citizenship was revoked and went onto make many more albums after her debut self-titled album in 1978. Nina Hagen is famous for her expressive eyes and unique style; she became a familiar face of the punk movement during the seventies and eighties.
Nina Hagen made a name for herself by shocking audiences with shrieks and shouts, singing about subjects that were taboo in her days. Besides her unusual style of singing, she kept experimenting with her looks. She is best known for her eccentric and outlandish appearances and became a much influential figure in Germany. She traveled to New York eventually to make a solo career and even to Paris to work with other rebels like her.
What makes Nina Hagen different from the rest is her indomitable personal style. Whether it is sporting red hair covered with flower petals or thick eyeliners, she was a force to reckon with. Her appearance often bordered on macabre but she was not bothered about subtlety. She would choose patterns like leopard prints and pinstripes with color shades ranging from aquamarine to fuchsia.
Nina Hagen is currently worth $20 million. She strongly believes that it is a nation’s rhythm that composes its songs. She believes in giving power to people, and feels that love is the weapon that alone can help regain what people have lost. Her protest songs from earlier have not lost their relevance. She thinks that today’s youth are lost in the dark as they are distracted. She had been greatly influenced by politics as a child; her father had been an anti-Fascist and survived the Second World War. She upholds the ideals of truth and peace and these are reflected in her songs lyrics. In her song “Bitten de kinder” on the album Volksbeat, she please for de-escalation of tensions and disarmament, and upholds human rights.