Sex (I'm A...)

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"Sex (I'm A...)"
Berlin Sex (I'm A...).jpg
U.S. Geffen edition
Single by Berlin
from the album Pleasure Victim
B-side"Tell Me Why"
ReleasedFebruary 1983
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded1982, Los Angeles
GenreSynthpop, new wave
Songwriter(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,[1] the single, a musical influence to Donna Summer's seminal "I Feel Love", 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.

According to disc jockey Richard Blade, the song's lyrics referenced his relationship with Nunn.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

Canadian electroclash musician Peaches covered the song as a bonus track for her albums The Teaches of Peaches[6] and Fatherfucker.[7]

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.

Australian producer/DJ Mike Felks released a cover of the song in 2009, featuring Annemarie.[8]

Track listing[edit]

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


Chart (1983/1984) Peak
Canadian Hot 100[9] 4
New Zealand Singles Chart[10] 18
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 62
U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs[11] 8
U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[11] 10


  1. ^ "Berlin - Sex (I'm A...) / Tell Me Why - Geffen - USA - 7-29747". Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  2. ^ "Berlin Radio - Listen to Berlin, Free on Pandora Internet Radio". 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  3. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". 1983-03-26. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  4. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". 1983-04-02. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  5. ^ "Richard Blade's New Book Is a Trip Through KROQ's '80s Glory Days". LA Weekly. 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  6. ^ Peaches - The Teaches Of Peaches (CD, Album) Discogs. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  7. ^ Peaches - Fatherfucker (CD, Album) Discogs. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  8. ^ "Sex I'm A, Mike Felks featuring Annemarie". Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  10. ^ Berlin - Sex (I'm A...) Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  11. ^ a b c ((( Pleasure Victim > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-29.