Sex (I'm A...)

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"Sex (I'm A...)"
U.S. Geffen edition
Single by Berlin
from the album Pleasure Victim
B-side The Metro
Released February 1983 [1]
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1982, Los Angeles
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 3:30
Label Geffen
Writer(s) John Crawford, Terri Nunn, David Diamond
Producer(s) Daniel R. Van Patten
Berlin singles chronology
"Tell Me Why"
"Sex (I'm A...)"
"The Metro"

"Sex (I'm A...)" is a song by the American band Berlin from their second album Pleasure Victim. The song was co-written by group members John Crawford, Terri Nunn and David Diamond and sung as a duet by Crawford and Nunn.

Released as the album's second single in February 1983, the single became a cult hit on American radio and brought the group into the mainstream. Despite the significant attention, the song's racy lyrics resulted in it being banned from several radio stations.[2] Perhaps because of this, the single ultimately peaked at No. 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in late March and early April 1983.[3][4]The song was also the first single release from the band's new label, Geffen Records.

Cover versions[edit]

Canadian electroclash musician Peaches covered the song as a bonus track for her albums The Teaches of Peaches[5] and Fatherfucker.[6]

Canadian industrial musician Renee Cooper (aka Zombie Girl) covered the song for the bonus disc to her 2007 Blood, Brains and Rock 'N' Roll album.

Lovage covered the song in 2001 on Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By.

American industrial metal band Rorschach Test covered the song on the 1998 album Unclean.

"Weird Al" Yankovic covered the chorus of the song in 1984 on his second album, "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D, as part of the track "Polkas on 45," a polka medley of rock and pop songs. (He has done one of these medleys on almost all of his albums.)

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sex (I'm A...)" - 5:08
  2. "Tell Me Why" - 3:50


Chart (1983/1984) Peak
Canadian Hot 100 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 18
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 62
U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs[8] 8
U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 10