Friday, October 26, 2012

"Funkytown" by Lipps, Inc.

#1 Alert!
Platinum Record Alert!
Song#:  0104
Date:  03/29/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  1 (4 weeks)
Weeks:  23
Genre:  Disco, Dance

Pop Bits:  Lipps, Inc. (lip-sync...get it?) was a studio band formed by Steven Greenberg, who wrote/co-wrote and produced all the songs. He secured a deal with Casablanca Records and recorded the debut album "Mouth to Mouth." The first single release was this disco classic - one of the last of the time to be a major #1 hit. Although considered a one-hit wonder, they did have another minor chart hit and also had action on the dance charts with other songs. They released their fourth and final album in 1983.

ReduxReview:  Try to find someone who hasn't heard this song. It's pretty awesome. From the initial keyboard riff to the processed vocals to the highly memorable chorus, it is a classic of the day - and continues to be. If you've never been to Funkytown, you need to go and shake that booty.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  The vocalist for the group was Cynthia Johnson, who was crowned Miss Black Minnesota in 1976. She was also a proficient saxophone player.



  1. You want to know something really odd. I never thought "Lip Synch" ever while saying their name. I find that to be quite bizarre.

  2. I did - but then consider my "heritage."