The Stripes were a Germanpop music ensemble founded in Hagen, Germany, by Rainer Kitzman, who played guitar. The lead singer was Gabriele Susanne Kerner, before she became known as Nena Kerner, who would later form the band Nena. Another future member of the band Nena, Rolf Brendel (Nena's boyfriend at the time), played the drums. Frank Röhler played bass. The band was known for singing exclusively in English. They released four singles and one studio album, after which they split up. Their song "Ecstasy" was a minor hit.
The Stripes was the band's only album and the first studio album of its singer, Gabriele "Nena" Kerner. Initially an LP record, it was re-released on CD in 1997 and again in 2004 with bonus tracks which were previously exclusive to some singles.
All singles were released as 7″ vinyl records at 45 RPM under the CBS label. "Ecstasy", its B-side "Normal Types" and the B-side on "Strangers", "Lose Control", were included as bonus tracks on the re-release of the studio album.
Nena has often advertised her involvement with The Stripes - in 2003 when she made a guest appearance at Howard Jones' 20th anniversary concert in London, she wore a top emblazoned with the name of the band and the bonus tracks of the “Made in Germany Live” album included live performances of two of The Stripes' songs recorded at a Berlin concert in November 2009.