The Stripes

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Not to be confused with The Strypes.
The Stripes
Origin Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Genres Pop
Years active 1979 (1979)–1982 (1982)
Labels CBS
Associated acts Nena, Nena (band)
Past members

The Stripes were a German pop music ensemble founded in Hagen, Germany,[1] 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
Studio album by The Stripes
Released 1980
Recorded April–July 1980
Length 45:58
Language English
Label CBS
Producer Andy Kirnberger
Singles from The Stripes
  1. "Ecstasy"
    Released: 1979
  2. "Strangers"
    Released: 1980
  3. "Tell Me Your Name"
    Released: 1980
  4. "Don't You Think That I'm a Lady?"
    Released: 1981

Studio album[edit]

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[2] and again in 2004 with bonus tracks which were previously exclusive to some singles.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side A contains tracks 1–6 and side B contains tracks 7–13.

LP, CD[4]
No. Title Length
1. "Strangers"   3:06
2. "Tell Me Your Name"   3:15
3. "Observer"   2:32
4. "Don't You Think That I'm a Lady?"   3:16
5. "Leaving the Suburbs"   3:55
6. "I'm Not..."   3:00
7. "Tres Chichi"   2:31
8. "You Must Be Good for Something"   2:49
9. "On the Telephone"   3:13
10. "Weekend Love"   2:17
11. "Kicks in Berlin"   3:18
12. "01:59"   2:01
13. "Radio in Stereo"   2:09




All singles were released as 7″ vinyl records at 45 RPM under the CBS label.[5] "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.

Title Year B-sides
"Ecstasy" 1979 "Normal Types"
"Strangers" 1980 "Lose Control"
"Tell Me Your Name" "Weekend Love"
"Don't You Think That I'm a Lady?" 1981 "On the Telephone"


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.[6]


  1. ^ "Artist overview: The Stripes". Discogs. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stripes, The – The Stripes". Discogs. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Stripes, The – The Stripes". Discogs. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stripes, The – The Stripes". Discogs. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ See singles' links:
  6. ^ ""Made in Germany Live" credits and info". Retrieved 2 January 2015.