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
Recorded1982, Los Angeles
GenrePost-disco[1]
Length3:30
LabelGeffen
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Daniel R. Van Patten
Berlin singles chronology
"Tell Me Why"
(1981)
"Sex (I'm A...)"
(1983)
"The Metro"
(1983)

"Sex (I'm A...)" is a song by American new wave band Berlin from their second studio album, Pleasure Victim (1982). 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,[2] the single, influenced by 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 its being banned from several radio stations.[3] The single peaked at No. 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in late March and early April 1983.[4][5] 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.[6] Her mother Joy made an appearance in the music video.[7]

Cover versions[edit]

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

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

Lovage released a cover in 2001 on their album Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By[9]

Track listing[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Berlin Radio - Listen to Berlin, Free on Pandora Internet Radio". Pandora.com. 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  2. ^ "Berlin - Sex (I'm A...) / Tell Me Why - Geffen - USA - 7-29747". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  3. ^ "Berlin Radio - Listen to Berlin, Free on Pandora Internet Radio". Pandora.com. 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  4. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.com. 1983-03-26. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  5. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.com. 1983-04-02. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  6. ^ "Richard Blade's New Book Is a Trip Through KROQ's '80s Glory Days". LA Weekly. 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  7. ^ Berlin: Intimate DVD (2003). Quote -
    Terri Nunn: "...made an appearance in Berlin's Sex video ...my mother, Joy." (see mv: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vczkEKWiwKg&t=3m24s)
  8. ^ "Sex I'm A, Mike Felks featuring Annemarie". Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  9. ^ "365 Days of Mike Patton: "Sex (I'm A)," Lovage (2001)". 17 April 2020. Retrieved 2022-02-28.
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6281." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  12. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  13. ^ "Berlin – Sex (I'm A...)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  14. ^ "Berlin Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  15. ^ "Berlin Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  16. ^ "Berlin Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  17. ^ "The Top Singles of 1983". RPM. Vol. 39, no. 17. December 24, 1983. p. 10. ISSN 0033-7064 – via Library and Archives Canada.
  18. ^ "Talent Almanac 1984 – Top Dance/Disco Singles/Albums" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 95, no. 52. December 24, 1983. p. TA-26. ISSN 0006-2510 – via World Radio History.