Annette Humpe has writen and produced songs for German superstars like Udo Lindenberg, Die Prinzen, Rio Reiser, and Lucylectric. In 1979, she and her younger sister Inga — with whom she had already re-enacted Beatles songs when they were children — founded the punk-inflected band "Neonbabies" that put the two on the map. But it was her own band "Ideal" that made Annette Humpe famous in Germany and beyond in the early 1980s. Their first hit, "Blaue Augen" (Blue Eyes) and soon after "Berlin" were the very first songs of a musical movement that uniquely captured the spirit of the era and entered pop history as the "New German Wave." After a break from the stage while working as a songwriter and producer, Annette Humpe reappeared in 2003 as part of the pop duo "Ich+Ich" with Adel Tawil. Annette Humpe never limited herself to just one musical genre. With the singer Max Raabe, for example, who is known for his interpretations of German hits of the 1920s and 30s, she collaborated on several popular albums. In her film portrait — part of the "Mein Leben" (My Life) series — Humpe reveals what success means to her, how she develops a musical piece, and what turns it into a hit. She candidly confesses to a "voracious ego," which she eventually tamed by becoming a Buddhist. Today, the cool, angry young woman of the band "Ideal" finds it most important to give comfort to her audiences with her music.
23.10.2010 Süddeutsche Zeitung, "Ma vie - Annette Humpe": Düse, düse Der Artikel als PDF (ca. 335KB) >>