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BERLIN BIOGRAPHY

Berlin has had a extremely interesting history. And after 20 years off and on they are still performing. But let's start at the beginning...

Berlin was formed in the Summer of 1979, jumping on the new wave techno pop bandwagon that was starting to permeate the music scene. The initial line up which included Terri Nunn as vocalist recorded a single for Renegade Records (pictured at right). The single featured "Matter Of Time" and "Overload". Soon after its release Terri Nunn left to pursue her acting career. She was replaced very briefly by a very young Toni Childs! But less than a month later, Virginia Macolino became lead vocalist. At this time they put out an album on their own label (Zone H Records) and were signed to I.R.S. Records in 1980.

They only managed to put out one single for I.R.S., a reworked version of "Matter Of Time" with an instrumental, "French Reggae" on the B-side, before they broke up in early 1981... But they weren't idle for long...

Virginia Macolino John Crawford Chris Velasco Jo Julian Dan Van Patten
BERLIN at the time they were on IRS (L to R): Virginia Macolino, John Crawford, Chris Velasco, Jo Julian and Dan Van Patten...
Photos by Junichi except Virgina Macolino photo by Richard Minissali

After reforming a few months later, with Terri Nunn returning to the line-up, they began to work on what ultimately would gain them a LOT of attention: an EP for (now defunct) Enigma Records which featured the controversial "Sex, I'm a..." and a popular MTV staple, "The Metro". During the recording and subsequent supporting tour the line up went through some drastic changes. Ultimately only Terri Nunn and John Crawford remained from the original Berlin.

Their popularity grew and soon they found themselves on Geffen Records and reached their peak of popularity (and the Charts) when they performed the love song for the Tom Cruise Film TOP GUN. "Take My Breath Away" was produced by famed Donna Summer and europop production wizard Giorgio Moroder. After a disappointing follow up LP Berlin packed it in once again.

They have reformed a few times for nostalgia's sake and and in 2000 went on a "Millennium Tour" (never mind that the millennium didn't really start until January of 2001). Only Terri Nunn remains from the original line up.


THE BERLIN I.R.S. DISCOGRAPHY

This discography will cover only BERLIN's recordings for I.R.S. Records. Recordings for other labels, other recordings, solo recordings and guest appearances, may be mentioned in the biography or discography, but details can be found by visiting some of the cool links for BERLIN, below...

Singles

9015 Sleeve "A Matter Of Time"/"French Reggae"
IRS IR9015 (Released 1 Sep 1980)

Produced by Jo Julian
Photos by Michael Nadeau (front) and Junichi (back)
Sleve Design by Jewel
Thanks To Bob Laul

Musicians:
Gina Macolino Vocals
John Crawford Bass & Backing Vocals
Jo Julian Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Chris Velasco Guitar
Dan Van Patten Drums

The first thing you notice, if you are a big Berlin fan, is the stridently different vocals. This is because familiar vocalist, Terri Nunn, is NOT the singer on this one single. She was off pursuing her "acting career" so the vocal duties went to Virginia Macolino. If you've heard both singer's versions of this tune you'd be hard pressed to pick the better of the two. Nunn has a better singing voice, but Macolino's timbre fits the tune better and dovetails well with the sort of music that was coming out of LA in 1980...

The B-side is an instrumental, "French Reggae" and is mistitled for it really isn't true reggae. A catchy number indeed, but the single failed to score big on the charts or in LA airplay... Berlin briefly broke up soon after its release...


Compilations & Soundtracks

IRS GREATEST HITS VOL 1 (SP 70950): features "Matter Of Time".


BERLIN LINKS AND OTHER COOL STUFF

While websites devoted to BERLIN are not exactly plentiful, the few that are out there are excellent! Below are three of the best we found:

There's also a BERLIN Fan Club. Write to the address below for details. Include SASE and an email address for faster Service:

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