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Album Review

Originally released by the fledgling Enigma Records in 1982 and picked up by Geffen in early 1983 when the lascivious novelty single "Sex (I'm A...)" started picking up radio attention, Pleasure Victim is a frankly exploitative little slab of synth pop cynicism, so baldly crass in its positioning of lead singer Terri Nunn as a sex kitten (posing her in the nude on the inner sleeve, listing her contributions as "vocals, bj's" in the liner notes) and lyrically obsessed with the seedy side of the Los Angeles demimonde that criticism becomes nearly beside the point. Lyrical obsessions aside, Pleasure Victim actually holds up quite well as a piece of early-'80s synth pop, with two very good tunes ("Tell Me Why" and "Masquerade") and one masterpiece of the genre, the gimmicky and atmospheric "The Metro," the one song where Nunn's limited vocal abilities are put to their best use. The other three songs (not to mention the tiresome eight-minute remix of "Sex" on the cassette and CD versions) are much weaker, but surprisingly, for a record that was completely unfashionable seemingly within months of its initial release, Pleasure Victim actually has more to offer than many might remember.

Customer Reviews

Best Berlin album

What crack dost though smoke Mr. Album Review person? This is the epitome of synth in the early 80's. Limited vocals? I can't hear any problems. Terri's voice is as hot as she is! Look, this music makes no apologies, and neither should Berlin. If you were part of the scene in the time this album was released, you doubtless had some kind of sexual encounter with Pleasure Victim playing in the background. Now that is music that brings back memories.

Amazing Album

Not sure what the Itunes reviewer was listening to, but this album is amazing. Masquerade, The Metro and Sex (I'm a) are incredible songs, enough to warrant buying the album for those songs alone. But Torture and Tell Me Why are nothing to sneeze at either. Any synth pop lover would find this album one that typifies 80's synth. Berlin was and is one of the best.

You Know What itunes???

I'm getting really sick of your crappy reviews. This is a quintessential early 80s album. If someone can appreciate Peter Murphy, Human League etc. then they will appreciate this one. Sex (I'm A...) and The Metro on their own deserve kudos on this album. What is the problem with you guys- next time please have someone born BEFORE the album was released write the review. Thank you.


Formed: 1982 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

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...
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