Berlin is an American New Wave band. The group was formed in Los
Angeles in 1978 by John Crawford (bass guitar). Bandmembers included
Crawford, Terri Nunn (vocals), David Diamond (keyboards), Ric Olsen
(guitar), Matt Reid (keyboards) and Rod Learned (drums). Learned
left during the first EU tour and was replaced by Rob Brill (drums).
The band gained mainstream-commercial success in the early 1980s
with singles including "The Metro", "Sex (I'm A...)", "No More
Words" and then in the mid 80s with chart-topping single "Take My
Breath Away" from the 1986 film Top Gun.
Aside from Nunn, members of the band were founding member John
Crawford (primary songwriter, bass guitar and synthesizer), and
David Diamond (synthesizer & guitar). Ric Olsen (lead guitar) was
brought in during the final recording of Pleasure Victim. Other
members added were Matt Reid (synthesizer), Rob Brill (drums:
1982–1987) and Rod Learned (drums: 1979–1982). Berlin's breakout EP,
1982's Pleasure Victim, featured Nunn, Crawford, and Diamond, as
well as guitarist Ric Olsen, drummer, synthesist and producer Dan
Van Patten and guitarist Chris Ruiz-Velasco. (These last two were
founding members, along with Crawford and original male vocalist Ty
Cobb.) Before Pleasure Victim was completed, Van Patten and
Ruiz-Velasco parted ways with Nunn, Crawford, and Diamond. Ric Olsen
was brought in to complete tracks on Pleasure Victim.
Berlin officially disbanded in 1987, partly due to the lack of
success of their album Count Three & Pray and because of the single
"Take My Breath Away." Nunn viewed it as a fresh new song that
allowed the band to perform globally, while others disliked it as
not having been written or composed by any of them. Later after the
release of the 1991 solo album Moment of Truth, Nunn retained the
legal rights to usage of the band's name after legal wranglings with
the founding member of the group, John Crawford. Nunn recreated
Berlin, with a new lineup of musicians, in 1998. In 1999, Berlin
opened for The Go-Go's on their West Coast reunion tour.
In 2000–2001, Berlin contributed to several artist tribute albums.
The only track to make it on to a full Berlin release is a cover of
Marilyn Manson's "The Dope Show," which is included on Berlin's
4play album as well as the Marilyn Manson tribute album Anonymous
Messiah (2001, Vitamin Records). Other tributes include material by
Madonna, Blondie and Depeche Mode.
The classic version of Berlin was featured on the VH1 show, Bands
Reunited where all members (except for Rob Brill; early drummer Rod
Learned participated) agreed to reunite, not only as friends, but as
a band. They played one show at The Roxy in California to a sold-out
The band toured with rock band INXS during the summer of 2011.
Gerald Casale of Devo created a video for Berlin which was scheduled
to debut at a late November 2011 performance. Nunn herself was
scheduled both to debut a radio show on KCSN-FM, and to record a new
album, in 2012.
In July 2013, it was announced that a new album called 'Animal'
would be released on 17 September, from which a single "It's The
Way" would also be issued.