November 16, 1986 |
"COUNT THREE AND PRAY." Berlin. Geffen. It sounds like Berlin has been listening to a lot of Eurythmics, whose transformation from synth-pop outfit to regular rockers this Los Angeles group has somewhat paralleled. Such production touches as the Japanese flute on "You Don't Know" sound like the kind of thing Dave Stewart would do, but there's no trace of Eurythmics' vision in these grooves, and singer Terri Nunn is certainly no Annie Lennox.
July 19, 1996 |
I'm a hooker . . . I'm a blue movie . . . I'm a slut. --from Berlin's "Sex (I'm a . . .)" Ask Terri Nunn what she is today, and she happily will tell you: "I'm a chiropractor's wife." The settling-down of the former pop seductress dates to 1991, when she found herself alone in Minneapolis, recording a solo album. "I had nobody," recalls Nunn, who says she had a hard time being taken as a real person apart from her sexually charged musical persona. "I hadn't had a date in a long time."
December 14, 1986
I must admit that I was as amused as you were by the juvenile mail-in campaign perpetrated by the Beverly Hills High School football team to defend Berlin's new album "Count Three and Pray" (Calendar Letters, Nov. 30). I also agree that the small sampling of the letters you provided reflected an obvious degree of "teen-brained conformity of opinion," as you so bluntly put it. That's why I'm writing to offer an intelligent, mature defense of the band's new LP, which is certainly an adventurous leap forward from the days of Berlin's trendy "raunch rock."
June 8, 1996
Tickets are on sale today for Def Leppard and Tripping Daisy at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Aug. 28. . . . Berlin, with singer Terri Nunn, plays July 19 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. . . . The Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana has added the Junior Wells Big Band (June 26) and Wayne Toups & Zydecajun (July 3).
December 15, 1986 |
Amazing how one song toward the end of a concert can ruin the impression created by everything that preceded it. That's what happened Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium, where Berlin played its first local concert in over two years. The L.A. band hit the stage with a blazing, propulsive "Will I Ever Understand You," and went on to showcase its improved songs and improved playing. Terri Nunn has not only developed considerably as a singer, but is also a stronger performer.
April 16, 2000
* Berlin, "Berlin Live: Sacred and Profane," Time Bomb. Terri Nunn and company add three new studio tracks to a live set recorded in December. * Peter Case, "Flying Saucer Blues," Vanguard. More tall tales and sharp insights from the L.A. treasure. * Dalvin DeGrate, "Met.A.Mor.Phic," Maverick. A solo outing from the Jodeci member. * Pink Floyd, "Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live," Columbia. A composite concert from the band's 1980-81 London shows.