Westbam & Nena - Oldschool Baby (2002)

Maximilian Lenz, a.k.a. Westbam, was born 1965 in Münster, Germany. His synonym is a homage to Afrika Bambaataa, thus "Westphalia Bambaataa". He started his career as a DJ in 1983 in his birth city Münster. In 1984 he moved to Berlin where he released his first record called '17 - This Is Not a Boris Becker Song'. Westbam played at the first Love Parade in 1989 at Ku'damm Berlin. Around that time, the DJ culture made a breakthrough in Germany. After several records he released his first album named The Cabinet. In 1991, he organised the first Mayday rave in Berlin. With over 5000 people, it was the biggest techno party in Germany at the time. Since then, Mayday has been vital to the German techno scene. Westbam is still an organiser of the party, and he is also a part of Members of Mayday, the producer of the Mayday-Anthems.
In 1993, he played a number of rave events in the United Kingdom including Obsession Passion at the Sanctuary in Milton Keynes.

Gabriele Susanne Kerner, a.k.a. Nena, was born in 1960 in Hagen, Germany. Nena's stagename is derived from her family nickname, based on the Spanish word 'nena' slang for 'niña', or 'little girl', at the age of three, while on a vacation to Spain with her parents. Her musical career began in the summer of 1979 when guitarist Rainer Kitzmann offered her a position as the lead singer in his band, The Stripes. The group had a minor hit with the song 'Ecstasy', but never achieved mainstream success, and soon disbanded.
In 1981 Nena and her then-boyfriend Rolf Brendel moved to (West)Berlin, where they met Carlo Karges, Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen and Jürgen Dehmel. Together they formed the band Nena. In 1982 they released their first single, 'Nur geträumt' (Only dreamt), which became an instant hit in Germany.
Nena rose to international fame in 1983 with the New German Wave song '99 Luftballons', re-recorded in English as '99 Red Balloons'.
With the re-recording and subsequent release of some of her old songs, her career re-emerged in 2002. In 2007, she co-founded the school 'Neue Schule Hamburg'.

Talking of school: in 2002 at the time of the re-launch of her career, Nena met Westbam, whom was by now the most influential DJ in the German metropolis. Together they recorded Oldschool Baby.

Westbam & Nena - Oldschool Baby (2002)

Westbam & Nena: "Old School, Baby" by Petidragon


We are the oldschool
That’s the new
We stay right here
As we come through

We are the high
That’s the low
We keep it clear
At every show

Oldschool, baby

We are the future
That’s the past
We are the moment
Here to last

We are the old
That’s the down
We were the newschool
Ancient crown

Oldschool, baby

Wir sind die Zukunft
Der Vergangenheit
Wir sind der Augenblick
Der immer bleibt

Wir sind ganz anders
Aber nicht so
Wir keepen’s echt
Bei jeder Show

Oldschool, baby

Wir sind die Oldschool
That’s ganz neu
Wir kommen von Wegenweit
Linien treu

Wir bleiben hier
Und gehn zu dir
Wir sind die neue
Oldschool, baby

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