Berlin were formed in Los Angeles and were one of the leading synthpop groups of the early 1980s. Founded by John Crawford (bass, vocals), the band featured comely lead singer Teri Nunn on lead vocals. The band’s blend of synth sounds along with traditional rock instrumentation and catchy songs made them early superstars of the New Wave movement.

The band’s second album (or E.P., depending on your definition) was Pleasure Victim, a seven track time capsule of perfect 80s synthpop. The song’s notorious lead single “Sex (I’m a…)” was written by Crawford, Nunn, and Berlin keyboard player Dave Diamond and featured simulated orgasms by Nunn. The song was later issued in an extended version where Nunn giggles at the climax of the song. Other key tracks from Pleasure Victim included “Masquerade” (a minor chart hit) and “Tell Me Why”. The album charted in the top 40.

The Metro” was the other big hit from Pleasure Victim, reaching #58 on the U.S. charts. The song’s video is interesting in that Nunn only directly sings two lines from the song, but of course is featured throughout the video. The song’s catchy rythhm track simulates the sound of a train (not unlike numerous Kraftwerk songs) and the crunchy guitar riffs are common in New Wave songs.

Berlin returned in 1984 with Love Life, which charted in the top 30 and featured the hit songs “No More Words”, “Dancing in Berlin” and “Touch”. In 1986, the band recorded “Take My Breath Away” for the Top Gun soundtrack. The song was written and produced by Giorgio Moroder (Donna Summer, Blondie) and the track hit number one (the song also won an Oscar). The rest of Berlin’s third album was not nearly as catchy and follow-up singles tanked. Berlin broke up shortly thereafter. Since 1998, Nunn has toured as Berlin with additional musicians.