Berlin, 1982. L-R: David Diamond, Rob Brill, Terri Nunn, John Crawford, Matt Reid, and Ric Olsen.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Genres||New Wave, synthpop|
|Labels||Enigma, Geffen, Columbia|
|Associated acts||The Big F|
|Past members||Rob Brill
Dan Van Patten
Berlin is an American synthpop band. The group was formed in Los Angeles in 1978 by John Crawford (bass guitar). Bandmembers included Crawford, Terri Nunn (vocals), David Diamond (keyboards), Ric Olsen (guitar), Matt Reid (keyboards) and Rod Learned (drums). Learned left during the first EU tour and was replaced by Rob Brill (drums). The band gained mainstream-commercial success in the early 1980s with singles including "The Metro", "Sex (I'm A...)", "No More Words" and then in the mid 80s with chart-topping single "Take My Breath Away" from the 1986 film Top Gun.
Early years 
Despite the name, Berlin had no known major connections with Germany, but instead was formed in Los Angeles, California in the late 1970s. They were inspired by what they were convinced was the unique keyboard work of Kraftwerk, Devo, Sparks and The Screamers. Their first single, "A Matter of Time," was released in early 1979 on Zone-H Records. The single was re-issued in 1980 featuring a replacement vocalist, Virginia Macolino, after Terri Nunn had temporarily left the band to pursue an acting career. (At one point, Nunn auditioned for the role of Leia Organa in the movie Star Wars;) This was followed by the album Information. The team had trouble gaining success, as the music industry at the time thought "new and exciting" meant upbeat guitar-oriented skinny-tie power pop bands with male lead singers and thus did not understand their Synth Punk sound and more adventurous subject matter.
Eventual success 
Terri Nunn rejoined the band as singer in 1980, and they signed to independent label Enigma Records where they had their first significant hit: the controversial synth-driven "Sex (I'm A...)" (1982), which was banned by some radio stations due to its graphic lyrics. The song was intentionally written and composed to get airplay on Los Angeles radio station KROQ, which specialized in playing music that was not heard on other stations, and of which members of the group were fans. The accompanying EP album, Pleasure Victim also included the hit, "The Metro." Two years later, the band released their next album, Love Life, and the single "No More Words," whose subsequent video saw Terri Nunn and bandmates re-enact a Bonnie and Clyde-style car chase and shoot-out, became their first top-20 hit. "Take My Breath Away" (from the movie Top Gun) became their best-selling single in 1986 and a huge international hit, but also their last big hit.
Aside from Nunn, members of the band were founding member John Crawford (primary songwriter, bass guitar and synthesizer), and David Diamond (synthesizer & guitar). Ric Olsen (lead guitar) was brought in during the final recording of Pleasure Victim. Other members added were Matt Reid (synthesizer), Rob Brill (drums: 1982–1987) and Rod Learned (drums: 1979–1982). Berlin's breakout EP, 1982's Pleasure Victim, featured Nunn, Crawford, and Diamond, as well as guitarist Ric Olsen, drummer, synthesist and producer Dan Van Patten and guitarist Chris Ruiz-Velasco. (These last two were founding members, along with Crawford and original male vocalist Ty Cobb.) Before Pleasure Victim was completed, Van Patten and Ruiz-Velasco parted ways with Nunn, Crawford, and Diamond. Ric Olsen was brought in to complete tracks on Pleasure Victim.
Dissolution and re-formation 
Berlin officially disbanded in 1987, partly due to the lack of success of their album Count Three & Pray and because of the single "Take My Breath Away." Nunn viewed it as a fresh new song that allowed the band to perform globally, while others disliked it as not having been written or composed by any of them. Later after the release of the 1991 solo album Moment of Truth, Nunn retained the legal rights to usage of the band's name after legal wranglings with the founding member of the group, John Crawford. Nunn recreated Berlin, with a new lineup of musicians, in 1998. In 1999, Berlin opened for The Go-Go's on their West Coast reunion tour.
After 2000 
In 2000–2001, Berlin contributed to several artist tribute albums. The only track to make it on to a full Berlin release is a cover of Marilyn Manson's "The Dope Show," which is included on Berlin's 4play album as well as the Marilyn Manson tribute album Anonymous Messiah (2001, Vitamin Records). Other tributes include material by Madonna, Blondie and Depeche Mode.
The classic version of Berlin was featured on the VH1 show, Bands Reunited where all members (except for Rob Brill; early drummer Rod Learned participated) agreed to reunite, not only as friends, but as a band. They played one show at The Roxy in California to a sold-out crowd.
Gerald Casale of Devo created a video for Berlin which was scheduled to debut at a late November 2011 performance. Nunn herself was scheduled both to debut a radio show on KCSN-FM, and to record a new album, in 2012. But whether this album would be a solo album or one with Berlin is not known, as of the summer of 2012.
- Information (1980)
- Pleasure Victim (1982, US #30)
- Love Life (1984, US #28)
- Count Three & Pray (1986, US #61)
- Voyeur (2002)
- 4Play (2005)
- Dancing in Berlin (1987)
- Best Of Berlin 1979-1988 (1988)
- Master Series (1997)
- Fall Into Heaven (1999)
- Fall Into Heaven 2 (1999)
- Greatest Hits Remixed (2000)
- LIVE: Sacred & Profane (2000)
- Terri Nunn & Berlin: All The Way In (2009)
From Information :
- "A Matter of Time" (1979) - Vocals by Terri Nunn
- "A Matter of Time" (1980) - Vocals by Virginia Macolino
- "Fascination" (1980)
From Pleasure Victim :
- "The Metro / Tell Me Why" (1981)
- "Sex (I'm A...)" (1982, US #62)
- "The Metro" (1983, US #58)
- "Masquerade" (1983, US #82)
From Love Life :
- "No More Words" (1984, US #23)
- "Now It's My Turn" (1984, US #74)
- "Dancing In Berlin" (1984)
- "Touch" (1985)
From Count Three and Pray :
- "Take My Breath Away" (1986, US #1)
- "Like Flames" (1986, US #82)
- "You Don't Know" (1986)
- "Pink and Velvet" (1986)
From Voyeur :
- "Blink of an Eye" (2002)
- "With a Touch" (2003)
In the UK, "Take My Breath Away" was re-released twice: in 1988, it charted at No. 52, and in 1990, it reached No. 3.
"No More Words" was also included as the B-side of Madonna's No. 1 hit of 1985, "Crazy for You". Both songs were part of the soundtrack for the film Vision Quest. Nonetheless, "No More Words" is not included in the soundtrack album.
- Terri Nunn at the Internet Movie Database
- Beyond The Metro: An Interview with Terri Nunn of Berlin INK19
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- "Go-Go's Set Dates for Reunion Tour". vh1.com. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
- "INXS Announce North American Tour, Select Dates With Berlin". May 26, 2011.
- Berlin's Terri Nunn: An Agoura Girl at Heart Agoura Hills Patch
- The official Berlin website
- "Berlin > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- Berlin Guitarists Ric Olsen's Page dedicated to original Berlin
- Berlin's producer Giorgio Moroder complete Discography
- Producer Giorgio Moroder tribute Website
- Electronic Music Articles, including early Berlin History