Berlin









Berlin

Berlin

is an American band which was formed in Orange County, California, in the late 1970's. The main members of the group are, Terri Nunn (singer), John Crawford (singer, songwriter, bass guitar player, and synthesizer), David Diamond (synthesizer and guitar player), Ric Olsen (lead guitar player), Matt Reid (synthesizer), Rob Brill (drums from 1982 to 1987), and Rod Learned (drums from 1979 to 1982). The group released their first single in 1980, called A Matter of Time, with a I. R. S. Records label. Virginia Macolino was a replacement vocalist for this release because Nunn left the group to pursue an acting career. Terri had previously auditioned for the role of Princess Leia in the movie, Star Wars. The group then signed with Enigma Records which was an independent label and the group had their first real hit called, Sex Iím A ..., in 1982. The hit was banned by some radio stations because of the graphic lyrics. Their best selling single, Take My Breath Away, in 1986, was a song used on the movie, Top Gun and became a big international hit. There were two other hits to follow and they were, The Metro, and No More Words. The music video for No More Words showed Terri Numm and the other band members in a re-enactment of a Bonnie and Clyde style car chase and also a shootout.

Berlin split up in 1987 partly because their album, Count Three and Pray, was not successful. This was the album from which the single hit, Take My Breath Away, came but it wasnít enough to make the album successful. Nunn kept the legal rights for the usage of the name, berlin, after legal disputes with the founding member of the band, John Crawford. Terri reformed the group with a new lineup of members in 1999. Berlin contributed to several different artists albums in 2000 and 2001. There were tributes by Blondie and Madonna. The only track that made it to a full Berlin release is a cover of Marilyn Mansonís, The Dupe Show, which is included on the Berlinís 4Play album and also the Marilyn Manson tribute album called, Anonymous Messiah. This one was on the Vitamin Records label in 2001.

The classic group of Berlin was featured on the VH1 show called Bands Reunited, and all of the members (with the exception of Rob Brill) agreed reunite as a band again and also as friends. They performed a show at The Roxy, in California, and had a sold out crowd. The band had a total of 13 albums and 16 singles during their career.