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Berlin Biography

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Years Active: 1978 - 1987, 1998 - present
Genres: New Wave, Synthpop

Berlin is a new wave/synthpop band that was formed in Los Angeles in 1978 by John Crawford on bass, Terri Nunn on vocals, David Diamond on keyboards, Ric Olsen on guitar, Matt Reid on keyboards, and Rod Learned on drums, who left after the band's first European tour and was replaced by Rob Brill. The band is well-known for their international hit single “Take My Breath Away,” which was featured in the 1986 film “Top Gun.” The band was heavily influenced by the music of Kraftwork and Ultravox, being drawn to the keyboard sound both bands produced. Berlin's first single, “A Matter of Time,” was released in 1979 on Zone-H Records.

Nunn departed the band for a brief period to pursue an acting career and rejoin the band in 1981 as they signed with Enigma Records. Their first single with the label, “Sex (I'm A...)” emerged in 1982 and created a stir of controversy with its graphic lyrics. Their debut album, “Pleasure Victim” was a commercial success and produced the hit single, “The Metro.” The band followed two years later with “Love Life.” Despite the huge success of their hit single, “Take My Breath Away” the band disbanded in 1987, partly due to the lack of success of their album, “Count Three & Pray.”

1998 saw Nunn recreate Berlin, complete with a new line-up of musicians and open for The Go-Go's west coast reunion tour the following year. Berlin began to tour during the 2000s and collaborated with other artists, such as Marilyn Manson.