Berlin

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New-wave act from Orange County, California. Founded in 1979 by John Crawford, Jo Julian and Terri Nunn.
Known for the 1986 Giorgio Moroder-produced hit "Take My Breath Away," (from the "Top Gun," movie soundtrack) as well as earlier songs such as "The Metro," "Sex (I'm A...)," and "No More Words."
They officially disbanded in 1987.
In May, 2019, Terri Nunn announced that she and co-founders John Crawford and David Diamond would be reuniting for a new album, "Transcendance," to be released on August 2, 2019.
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6.24340 Information — Berlin Berlin Information (Album) Vinyl (4) 6.24340 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
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6302 236 Pleasure Victim — Berlin Berlin Pleasure Victim (Album, MiniAlbum) M.A.O. Records, Enigma (4) 6302 236 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
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RL 11-3 Pleasure Victim / Quartet — Berlin Berlin / Ultravox Berlin / Ultravox - Pleasure Victim / Quartet(LP, Transcription) AFRTS, United States Department Of Defense RL 11-3 US 1983 Sell This Version
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XGHS 4025, XGHS-4025 Love Life — Berlin Berlin Love Life (Album) Geffen Records XGHS 4025, XGHS-4025 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
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IC 84-20 Westwood One In Concert — Berlin Berlin / Icicle Works* Berlin / Icicle Works* - Westwood One In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Networks IC 84-20 US 1984 Sell This Version
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9 24121-2 Count Three & Pray — Berlin Berlin Count Three & Pray (Album) Geffen Records 9 24121-2 US 1986 Sell This Version
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TBCD-3539 Live: Sacred And Profane — Berlin Berlin Live: Sacred And Profane (Album) Time Bomb Recordings TBCD-3539 US 2000 Sell This Version
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80119-01051-2 Voyeur — Berlin Berlin Voyeur (Album) iMusic, BMG Distribution 80119-01051-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
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CLP 0760-2 The Greatest Hits Remixed — Berlin Berlin The Greatest Hits Remixed (Comp) Cleopatra CLP 0760-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
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MRI 159 4play — Berlin Berlin 4play (Album) Majestic Recordings Inc. MRI 159 US 2005 Sell This Version
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302 061 7772 All The Way In — Berlin Terri Nunn & Berlin Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (Album) Fuel 2000 302 061 7772 US 2009 Sell This Version
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SM10041 Animal — Berlin Berlin Animal(CD, Album, Dig) Something-Music SM10041 US 2013 Sell This Version
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CLO-1420 Transcendance — Berlin Berlin Transcendance (Album) Cleopatra CLO-1420 US 2019 Sell This Version
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none Strings Attached — Berlin Berlin Strings Attached (Album, Single) August Day none US 2020 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

ZON-001 A Matter Of Time — Berlin Berlin A Matter Of Time (Single) Zone-H, Renegade Records (12) ZON-001 US 1979 Sell This Version
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6.12853 Fascination — Berlin Berlin Fascination(7", Single, Promo) Vinyl (4) 6.12853 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
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MAO-S4 Metro — Berlin Berlin Metro (Single, Maxi) M.A.O. Records MAO-S4 US 1981 Sell This Version
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TERRI 1 Pleasure Victim — Berlin Berlin Pleasure Victim(7", Single) Mercury, M.A.O. Records TERRI 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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FLEXI #13 Masquerade — Berlin Berlin Masquerade (Single) Geffen Records FLEXI #13 US 1982 Sell This Version
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92 97477 Sex (I'm A...) — Berlin Berlin (U.S.A.)* Sex (I'm A...) (Single, Maxi, EP) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 92 97477 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
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GGEF 0498 No More Words / Now It's My Turn — Berlin Berlin No More Words / Now It's My Turn (Single) Geffen Records GGEF 0498 1984 Sell This Version
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PRO-A-2147 Now It's My Turn — Berlin Berlin Now It's My Turn (Single) Geffen Records PRO-A-2147 US 1984 Sell This Version
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0-20195, 9 20195-0 No More Words / Dancing In Berlin — Berlin Berlin No More Words / Dancing In Berlin (Maxi) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 0-20195, 9 20195-0 US 1984 Sell This Version
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GGEF 0501 Sex (I'm A...) / The Metro  — Berlin Berlin Sex (I'm A...) / The Metro (Single) Geffen Records GGEF 0501 US 1984 Sell This Version
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7-29192 Dancing In Berlin — Berlin Berlin Dancing In Berlin (Single, Maxi) Mercury 7-29192 US 1984 Sell This Version

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studio5431

studio5431

October 6, 2016
a very young Terri Nunn is a major star in the movie "THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY" so she should be credited as being known as an actress as well.
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Jarren

Jarren

August 3, 2010
edited over 9 years ago
Most people remember Berlin for "Take My Breath Away", the love theme from Tom Cruise's 1986 blockbuster Top Gun. A gold-certified number one hit in the US and UK, this single was incredibly one of the key factors in the breakup of the band (but more on that later).

It all started much more modestly in 1979, when the Orange County (CA) band released their first single "A Matter Of Time". Fronted by a teenage Terri Nunn and with main songwriting duty performed by John Crawford, it set the blueprint for a sound that the band would see develop into major success.

However, things very quickly took a diversion when Terri Nunn decided to temporarily leave the band to try her hand at acting. Toni Childs very briefly took over and wrote some material, but when it came to recording the album "Information" in 1980 it was a new singer, Virginia Macolino, who took control. A fantastic debut, it contained ten condensed punky New Wave tracks with a pronounced synthesizer sound. Alas, it made no impact on the major radio stations so chart success was not forthcoming.

After the departure of Virginia Macolino, Berlin as a band took a short break. John Crawford set up a new act, Farenheit, who actually went as far as shooting a promotional video for a track called "Dancing In Berlin" with John on vocal duty. Of course, this song would see light a few years later fronted by a certain Ms. Nunn. Speaking of whom...

...fast forward to 1982. Terri has come back from her acting career, Berlin are reformed and release "Sex"…

With lyrics that ensured radios got in a sweat and a video sure to ruffle feathers, it was an instant hit. An irresistible Bobby Orlando style bassline under Terri's suggestive vocals guaranteed heavy club play, and it paved the way for a follow-up single of epic proportions; The Metro. Fast paced New Wave sonics over Terri's passionate vocals evoked thoughts of European dreams, much to the delight of many American kids who looked outside of the traditional rock 'n roll ethos. The Metro was covered excellently by the metal group System Of A Down in 2001, opening the band to a new legion of fans that may never have discovered Berlin otherwise.

After The Metro, a third single from Berlin's "Pleasure Victim" EP titled Masquerade was released to ensure that Berlin left 1983 with rising popularity and critical success.

1984 saw Berlin release their second full album "Love Life", a consistent and excellent LP with a mature yet still playful sound. Giorgio Moroder produced two fantastic singles, "No More Words" & "Dancing In Berlin", and a further single (the James Bond inspired "Now It's My Turn") merely scratched the surface of the band's confidence.

Alas, it would be the work with Giorgio Moroder that would be the downfall of Berlin....

Moroder was working on "Take My Breath Away" for the movie Top Gun but needed a strong female vocalist to front the music he had written. He called up Terri, who of course jumped at the chance of working on a major movie soundtrack. Unfortunately, Moroder was not in need of the services of John Crawford and the rest of Berlin. So while the song went down in history as Berlin's biggest hit, it didn't actually feature the band at all! This obviously caused tension between the band members, as after 1986's "Count Three & Pray" (which contained strong songs marred by the typical bombast of late 80's overproduction) Berlin officially disbanded.

Thankfully the in-band resentment has been resolved, as the band happily reformed for a one-off special in 2004 for the VH1 show "Bands Reunited". As of 2013, Terri still tours and records albums as Berlin with a new lineup while the rest of the original band are now content in their own lives away from the limelight.

From underground New Wave kids to stadium filling rock band, Berlin are legends.

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