- All-Star Cast: The backing musicians on the album included Jack Bruce, Tony Levin, and Steve Winwood, among others.
- Enforced Method Acting: According to one (probably exaggerated) rumour, Lou and producer Bob Ezrin recorded the coda to "The Kids", which consists of two children crying and screaming for their mother, by putting Ezrin's own kids in front of a microphone and telling them their mother died. While Ezrin acknowledges that those were his kids, he denies that he told them their mother died, saying he just told them to cry into his tape recorder and they got carried away.
- Older Than They Think: A good chunk of the album had already been demoed (albeit with different lyrics) with the Velvet Underground. A different version of the title track also appeared on Reed's Self-Titled Album.
- Write What You Know: Averted - Reed had never even set foot in Berlin when he wrote the album.
Trivia / Berlin