Silke Berlinn

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Silke Berlinn, a proto-punk" vocalist known for her broad-ranging vocal style, has been called “the Janis Joplin of punk rock” and has been compared with Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes and Tina Turner.

She was singing in church choirs at the age of six. At age fifteen, when forbidden to join a band in NYC, she left home and hitchhiked to California. Upon her arrival in San Francisco, she was instantly recruited to sing in well-known blues bands (she was an unusual commodity: a white, East Coast teenager who could sing blues) with local blues legends Hi-Tide Harris; Anthony and Andy Paule; and Cool Poppa. She was mentored by Charles “Blue Boy” Huff, an original vocalist in Sam Cooke’s Soul Stirrers” while she worked in Cool Poppa’s band.

While working with Cool Poppa, she met guitarist, Robbie McKenzie, who had started a band called Mink deVille, and who would recruit childhood friend, Willie Borsey, at the time, living in Stamford, CT and married to Palm Beach Clothing heiress, Susan “Toots” Berman. Berlinn and McKenzie moved to NYC with Mink deVille, and the band began its ascent. McKenzie had numerous warrants in NY State, got spooked by the publicity the band had garnered, and with Berlinn fled the state for California where they started a new band, Fast Floyd & the Firebirds.

After recording "Bizarre,” backed by Bill Graham and Jerry Pompeli, Berlinn & McKenzie fell out. McKenzie had a violent temper and Berlinn feared he would kill her. She left McKenzie for Keeth Paul (David Bowie, NY Dolls, Richie Scarlett.)

Berlinn left Los Angeles with friends Vicki Schrott and Jill Hoffman (TARGET video.) Shortly afterwards she was joined by Paul, Brendan Earley (The Mutants,) Franko St Andrew (The Offs), Steve Berman (The Victims) and fashion designer, Joann Berman (no relation) who became “The Addictions.”

At various times, the band included Jerry Nolan (NY Dolls, Heartbreakers, Teenage Lust); Richie Spinoza; Luigi Scorcia (La Cosa Nostra, Johnny Thunders’s last band); Steve McKay (Iggy Pop); Ruben Siguenza (Mink deVille); and saxophonist, Manhattan Rob Walsh.

Berlinn has recorded with members of Blondie (Frank Infante, Clem Burke; Fountains of Wayne, Jesus & Mary Chain (Brian Young); The Hooters; Matt Lee Billy Idol (Matt Lee); The Germs (Don Bolles); The Mutants; Mink deVille; FANG (Sam McBride); The Screamers (producer, Paul Roessler) and Rolling Stones’ engineer, Brad Samuelson. Berlinn’s three-record contract deal with Don DeVito of Columbia Records secured by one-time Blondie manager, Gino Riccardi, was not fulfilled when she had a nervous breakdown in the late eighties.

Berlinn was linked romantically with Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys); DeeDee Ramone (Ramones); Jerry Nolan (Heartbreakers); Robbie McKenzie (Mink deVille, Fast Floyd, The Offs); Keeth Paul (Bowie, Richie Scarlett, New York Dolls, Teen Age Lust.) Berlinn warns interested parties: "most of the musicians I got involved with are dead."
"Palace of Perversion”, a volume of poetry was first published by Boston College.

Berlinn has written three memoirs: “Alcohol Heats the Blood”; “Gallerina” and “Queen of the Underground.” A passage from Queen of the Underground:

Cheetah Chrome: "What's that?”

Silke Berlinn: Keeth slashed my wrist with a straight-edge razor one night when I said I was depressed and wanted to die. I was living with The Mutants and Vicki Schrott, with whom I shared my room with me bleeding to death while I was asleep and forced me to go to the hospital. I got 60 stitches. It ended my thoughts of a guitar-playing career which hadn’t started and which was a relief, because then I didn’t have to sit around playing guitar chords all day. I always fall in love with the weirdest people"

Influences

Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, Thunderclap Newman, Motown, Phil Spector, 60s garage bands, Mink deVille, Tina Turner, Ronettes, Bush, GG Allin, Flamin' Groovies, T-Rex, James Brown, Wilson Pickett

Silke Berlinn, a proto-punk" vocalist known for her broad-ranging vocal style, has been called “the Janis Joplin of punk rock” and has been compared with Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes and Tina Turner.

She was singing in church choirs at the age of six. At age fifteen, when forbidden to join a band in NYC, she left home and hitchhiked to California. Upon her arrival in San Francisco, she was instantly recruited to sing in well-known blues bands (she was an unusual commodity: a white, East Coast teenager who could sing blues) with local blues legends Hi-Tide Harris; Anthony and Andy Paule; and Cool Poppa. She was mentored by Charles “Blue Boy” Huff, an original vocalist in Sam Cooke’s Soul Stirrers” while she worked in Cool Poppa’s band.

While working with Cool Poppa, she met guitarist, Robbie McKenzie, who had started a band called Mink deVille, and who would recruit childhood friend, Willie Borsey, at the time, living in Stamford, CT and married to Palm Beach Clothing heiress, Susan “Toots” Berman. Berlinn and McKenzie moved to NYC with Mink deVille, and the band began its ascent. McKenzie had numerous warrants in NY State, got spooked by the publicity the band had garnered, and with Berlinn fled the state for California where they started a new band, Fast Floyd & the Firebirds.

After recording "Bizarre,” backed by Bill Graham and Jerry Pompeli, Berlinn & McKenzie fell out. McKenzie had a violent temper and Berlinn feared he would kill her. She left McKenzie for Keeth Paul (David Bowie, NY Dolls, Richie Scarlett.)

Berlinn left Los Angeles with friends Vicki Schrott and Jill Hoffman (TARGET video.) Shortly afterwards she was joined by Paul, Brendan Earley (The Mutants,) Franko St Andrew (The Offs), Steve Berman (The Victims) and fashion designer, Joann Berman (no relation) who became “The Addictions.”

At various times, the band included Jerry Nolan (NY Dolls, Heartbreakers, Teenage Lust); Richie Spinoza; Luigi Scorcia (La Cosa Nostra, Johnny Thunders’s last band); Steve McKay (Iggy Pop); Ruben Siguenza (Mink deVille); and saxophonist, Manhattan Rob Walsh.

Berlinn has recorded with members of Blondie (Frank Infante, Clem Burke; Fountains of Wayne, Jesus & Mary Chain (Brian Young); The Hooters; Matt Lee Billy Idol (Matt Lee); The Germs (Don Bolles); The Mutants; Mink deVille; FANG (Sam McBride); The Screamers (producer, Paul Roessler) and Rolling Stones’ engineer, Brad Samuelson. Berlinn’s three-record contract deal with Don DeVito of Columbia Records secured by one-time Blondie manager, Gino Riccardi, was not fulfilled when she had a nervous breakdown in the late eighties.

Berlinn was linked romantically with Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys); DeeDee Ramone (Ramones); Jerry Nolan (Heartbreakers); Robbie McKenzie (Mink deVille, Fast Floyd, The Offs); Keeth Paul (Bowie, Richie Scarlett, New York Dolls, Teen Age Lust.) Berlinn warns interested parties: "most of the musicians I got involved with are dead."
"Palace of Perversion”, a volume of poetry was first published by Boston College.

Berlinn has written three memoirs: “Alcohol Heats the Blood”; “Gallerina” and “Queen of the Underground.” A passage from Queen of the Underground:

Cheetah Chrome: "What's that?”

Silke Berlinn: Keeth slashed my wrist with a straight-edge razor one night when I said I was depressed and wanted to die. I was living with The Mutants and Vicki Schrott, with whom I shared my room with me bleeding to death while I was asleep and forced me to go to the hospital. I got 60 stitches. It ended my thoughts of a guitar-playing career which hadn’t started and which was a relief, because then I didn’t have to sit around playing guitar chords all day. I always fall in love with the weirdest people"

Influences

Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, Thunderclap Newman, Motown, Phil Spector, 60s garage bands, Mink deVille, Tina Turner, Ronettes, Bush, GG Allin, Flamin' Groovies, T-Rex, James Brown, Wilson Pickett

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You Don't Own Me: An Interview With Silke Berlinn

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE - MAY 17, 2015
Silke Berlinn & The Addictions Release ‘RETROPUNK’

Silke Berlinn, often referred to as the ‘Janis Joplin of punk rock,’ is preparing to release her newest record, ‘RETROPUNK.’ The new outing, accompanied by her band the Addictions, is an eclectic and dark jaunt through a very real, gritty punk sound. The Queen of the Underground is in top form.
True to name, ‘RETROPUNK’ feels vintage. It does, however, feel contemporary as well. Berlinn has bridged the divide between classic and modern punk rock in an elegant fashion. The record is a sonic culmination of influences the likes of the Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop. There’s a remarkable uniqueness to Berlinn’s latest offering, too. She supercharges each track with her intense presence and haunting performance.
The album is fully original content with the exception of ‘Happiness,’ Berlinn’s rendition of the Beatles classic ‘Happiness is a Warm Gun.’ and Berlinn pulls it off one hundred percent. Her rendition of the classic John Lennon song is jaw-droppingly captivating. Read what the critics are saying!
“RETROPUNK” – GIVES ROCK MUSIC A WAKE UP CALL
Rick Jam, JamSphere
From beginning to end “RETROPUNK” is the best indie punk record I’ve heard
Brett Stewart, Independent Spotlight
“RETROPUNK” – attitude, spontaneity and incredible songs
Video Stars News
“RETROPUNK” – the definition of pure, unabashed, scathing rock n’ roll
Peter Burns, Review Indie
“RETROPUNK” is more than a perfect ‘retro-punk’ or alternative rock album, from start to finish finish
Jenna Johnson, Sound Looks
Silke Berlinn maintains an impressive presence online with 120,000 Facebook followers and almost 4,000,000 combined views of her YouTube channel in less than a year. The current line-up of the Addictions is Gary Kaluza on bass, Matt Lee on guitar, and Dead Kennedy on drums, and of course, mind-blowing vocal performances from Silke Berlinn.
The band will preform with BARB WIRE DOLLS at the WHISKY A Go GO on MON, JUL 13 and select shows in Southern California all summer and the album is soon to drop both digitally and physically. (Major distribution outlets such as iTunes will house the album. Fans will also be able to swoop up a copy of ‘RETROPUNK’ on CD or vinyl.)

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