Angel is a Centerfold: Remembering Terri Nunn

The odds are none of you reading this know who Terry Nunn is – or was.

 Terry was the lead singer for the 1980’s band Berlin.


Berlin – with Terri – made some amazing music.


Terry and I attended the same high school  in Santa Monica in the mid 1970’s – a good time and a good place to be a teenager.  Terri and I were not close, but we were tangentially connected through others (Robert Benson, Aaron Salter, etc.).  I did not know her well, but I always felt she seemed troubled in a way I could never really grasp or define.  In all honesty, I admired Terri from afar in the way a teenaged boy admires the object of his hopeless desire – an object, a goal, that can never be achieved.

I graduated high school in 1976.   In 1979 the clockwork movement of the Universe put me in a convenience store where I saw a copy of the February 1977 edition of Penthouse magazine:


 Inside I saw Terri.


Does she walk? Does she talk?
Does she come complete?
My homeroom homeroom angel
Always pulled me from my seat.  

She was pure like snowflakes. No one could ever stain

The memory of my angel
Could never cause me pain.

Years go by –  I’m lookin’ through a girly magazine
And there’s my homeroom angel on the pages in-between.

My blood runs cold
My memory has just been sold
My angel is the centerfold
Angel is the centerfold

Slipped me notes under the desk
While I was thinkin’ about her dress
I was shy I turned away
Before she caught my eyeI was shakin’ in my shoes
Whenever she flashed those baby-blues
Something had a hold on me
When angel passed close by.

 Those soft and fuzzy sweaters

Too magical to touch

Too see her in that magazine

Is really just too much.

It’s okay, I understand
This ain’t no never-never land
I hope that when this issue’s gone
I’ll see you when your clothes are on

Take you car,

Yes we will
We’ll take your car and drive it
We’ll take it to a motel room
And take ’em off in private

A part of me has just been ripped
The pages from my mind are stripped
Oh no, I can’t deny it
Oh yea, I guess I gotta buy it…

My blood runs cold
My memory has just been sold
My angel is the centerfold
Angel is the centerfold


17 Responses to “Angel is a Centerfold: Remembering Terri Nunn”

  1. paulboylan Says:

    Metro. Takes My Breath Away. Pleasure Victim. All good stuff, and an integral part of the 80’s.


  2. and now I can’t get the song by J. Geils Band out of my head.


  3. It could be worse. I could have posted an essay about recollecting Nicole Scherzinger – who wrote the lyrics to “Funkytown.”

    “Talk about it,
    talk about it,
    talk about it…”


  4. Have been a fan of Terri since No More Words and Sex. Heard she’d done the centrefold, but never had the inclination to look up it up, still don’t.
    ‘s funny. Somehow that keeps her more classy to my mind.
    Wish I’d known her even on your level.
    Thank you for the post and the memories.


  5. Wishing you a very Merry non-denomination season of traditional BBQ & excess.

    Please consider the following, while wallowing in your winter of discontent. Meanwhile we swelter in 40 degrees C / 104 Fahrenheit.


  6. Also I’m intrigued, what dastardly porpoise you could have been up to in the Arabian desert that combined a knack for languages & an ability to color in without smudging or going outside the lines. Could it be your state department had designs on replacing the pink of the Brit empire, with Red, White & Blue, but missed the point of map colouring, thus sent a team of crack coloring in specialists to actually tint the desert sands?

    Btw, one of my high school friends did a “spread” in OzBiker mag. Not quite so classy.


  7. Oh yeah. Terri’s spread was all class.


  8. If you weren’t a sinner, you wouldn’t have been looking at pornography and would never have noticed her “spread.”


  9. Yeah, I remember Berlin. I do not recall that particular edition of Penthouse and that is probably a good thing.


  10. Anonymous Says:

    I was in 8th grade and I found that Penthouse among the bundled newspapers of a school fund raiser–a paper drive. Little did I know who that was!


  11. I’ve always suspected that close scrutiny of porn produced prior to the advent of the internet would reveal many celebrities.


  12. I heard her as a guest DJ today on Sirius station, First Wave. She was great, told some fun stories, so Google search brought me here. I like her, she seems like a lot of fun.


  13. paulboylan Says:

    From what little I know about the kind of person she is at this stage in her life, I believe you’re right.

    I am uncomfortable with the amount of traffic this post has attracted. I am considering editing some of those photos or removing them entirely.


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  15. Hi Paul. Do you have this magazine still? I’m trying to find the name of an illustrator that I *think* has a spread in there. It’s in a spray illustration style and one picture has biker-type women worshiping a giant phallus with lightning bolts. Sounds kinky but pieces are quite incredible. Please let me know if you can.


  16. I am afraid that I do not possess that magazine any longer, but I am sure there are places online where it can be found.


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    The odds are none of you reading this know who Terry Nunn is – or was.  Terry was the lead singer for the 1980


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