Pleasure Victim is the second studio album by the American New Wave band Berlin, released in 1982. It is by far Berlin’s best selling album, certified gold by the RIAA in September 1984and platinum in February 1993.
The album was initially released in 1982 by Enigma Records. After radio stations began playing its first single, “Sex (I’m A…)”, Pleasure Victim was re-released by Geffen Records in 1983. Two subsequent singles followed: “The Metro”, considered a “masterpiece” of 80s synth pop, and “Masquerade”. All three singles charted on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Sex (I’m A…)” reached #18 on the New Zealand singles chart, #62 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the US Hot Dance Club Chart.
The European versions of the 12″ single added an Instrumental and previous single “Pleasure Victim” as a double A side.
Berlin is an American New Wave/Synthpop band. The group was formed in Los Angeles in 1978 by John Crawford (bass guitar). Bandmembers included Crawford, Terri Nunn (vocals), David Diamond (keyboards), Ric Olsen (guitar), Matt Reid (keyboards) and Rod Learned (drums). Learned left during the first EU tour and was replaced by Rob Brill (drums). The band first gained commercial success in the mid 1980s with singles including “The Metro”, “Sex (I’m A…)”, “No More Words” and the chart-topping single “Take My Breath Away” from the 1986 film Top Gun.
“No More Words” was the first single off the album Love Life. It was also their first Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #23 on May 12 1984. It was one of only two tracks on the album that was produced by Giorgio Moroder and Richie Zito, the other being “Dancing In Berlin”.
The two Moroder produced tracks were remixed and paired together for release on 12″ single in the US and Canada.