Another installment of a disk I have enjoyed over the years. I'm trying to keep the Record of the Month posts to be fairly new releases. Classics are going to be ones that are at least 10 years old.
For 2011, I thought I'd focus on debut disks - just to make it more challenging for me. I don't think you'll care one way or the other.
I'm a man - I'm a goddess
I'm a man - Well I'm a virgin
I'm a man - I'm a blue movie
I'm a man - I'm a bitch
I'm a man - I'm a geisha
I'm a man - I'm a little girl
And we make love together
Ahhhh....I remember driving in 1983 and hearing this come across the car radio.
Unfortunately, I was with my 15 year old sister at the time, and one of her friends. Still I went out and bought Pleasure Victim, what is essentially a seven song EP. ....and not really a bad song among them.
Ironically, or not, the song that made me aware of the group, is also my least favourite and least played. Thanks to MTV, most people really know Berlin from their song (or their video), "The Metro".
Yes, Berlin is a total '80s band, but they mix it up with the kitch ("Sex (I'm A.....))", the aforementioned hit, the moody ("Torture", and the title track) and the would-be hits, ("Tell Me Why" and "Masquerade").
Terri Nunn is in good voice and and the band is more than adequate for drum machines, synths and an occasional real guitar and bass.
Pleasure Victim was a good debut and their next year's release, Love Life, was fine, but I never thought it matched the EP. .....and of course, once they got to "Take My Breath Away", from Giorgio Moroder and the Top Gun soundtrack, I was out. I was done. The affair was over.
The debut disk, is still fun to listen too. I can see myself on Indiana Avenue in my shitty apartment with no heat and huge drafts, but I played great music - even if I say so myself.