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Biography by William Ruhlmann


This Los Angeles-based synth pop group, founded by bassist John Crawford , singer Terri Nunn , and keyboard player David Diamond , made its first national impression with the provocative single "Sex (I'm A...)" from the gold-selling debut EP Pleasure Victim in 1982. The group was filled out by guitarist Rick Olsen , keyboard player Matt Reid , and drummer Rob Brill . Berlin's first full-length LP was the gold Love Life in 1984. In 1985, the group was pared down to a trio of Crawford , Nunn , and Brill . Berlin topped the charts in 1986 with the single "Take My Breath Away," the love theme from the Tom Cruise movie Top Gun .

Nunn left for a solo career in 1987, and Crawford and Brill teamed up in the Big F . In 1999, the band reunited to record some new studio material and also performed a concert, which, along with the new songs, was released as 2000's Berlin Live: Sacred and Profane . This was followed a year later by a flurry of recording sessions that included co-writing tracks with Billy Corgan , among others. The end result, Voyeur , was their first full-length studio release in over 15 years.