This Week’s Guest: Terri Nunn

Written by on July 23, 2008

Friday night’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show will feature an interview with Terri Nunn, best known as the former lead singer of Berlin. It was in the late 1970s when Nunn, as a young actress, was offered a role in TV’s Dallas (the one Charlene Tilton would eventually play). It was not known then that her decision would change new wave music history.

Terri wanted to get into music, but something different from what was going on in the mainstream industry genres. [amazonify]B000294RRQ[/amazonify] John Crawford’s band. Berlin, was the perfect fit. The band was ahead of its time, even in the innovative L.A. music scene as their brand of synth-wave had not quite started to catch on in the beginning. Berlin gained both acclaim and controversy with their first album, Pleasure Victim, thanks mainly to the popularity of the single “Sex (I’m a…).” Berlin’s popularity stretched out to the East Coast and other new wave hotbeds until they broke up shortly after producing their first #1 song “Take My Breath Away.” [amazonify]B000B5KQYY:right[/amazonify]Since then, Terri has worked on several projects including a 1992 solo album, sang with several other musicians as well as recorded and toured with a reformed Berlin in the early part of this decade. Her most recent recording was an acoustic verson of “Sex (I’m A…)” for an upcoming documentary on the pornography industry called Naked Ambition.

Today, Terri Nunn sings with the supergroup Camp Freddy during their benefits concerts, inspiring her to put together a female version called “Girls’ Night Out.” She is a contributing author for the upcoming book Cherry Bomb, has been a talk radio personality and is working on a new solo album set to be done in 2009.

Below is Terri Nunn performing “Highway to Hell” with Camp Freddy”

During the interview, we will play some Berlin classics and a track from the 2005 Berlin CD, 4Play.

The interview will lead off the second hour of this week’s show, which will be broadcast live 7-9pm Eastern U.S. time on Q99.1Fm in the Hudson Valley, NY and Radio 80s 87.6FM in Korumburra, Australia will air the show at 12noon Melbourne Time on July 29th, and the podcast will be available on the Revenge of the 80s Radio website on Saturday morning, 7/26. The interview with Terri Nunn will lead off the second hour of the show.

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