Lipps Inc.

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Lipps, Inc.
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OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota,
United States
GenresR&B, disco, Italo disco, funk
Years active1979–1985
LabelsCasablanca, now Universal
Websitefunkytown.com
 
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Lipps, Inc.
Lipps-Inc.jpg
Background information
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota,
United States
GenresR&B, disco, Italo disco, funk
Years active1979–1985
LabelsCasablanca, now Universal
Websitefunkytown.com

Lipps Inc. (pronounced like "lip sync") was a studio band from the United States with Cynthia Johnson on lead vocals. [1]

The group, formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was most known for the Double-Platinum-selling 1980 chart-topping hit "Funkytown", which hit #1 in 28 different countries around the world. It consisted of a changing lineup of session musicians, including guitarist David Rivkin, guitarist Tom Riopelle and bassist Terry Grant. Steven Greenberg, the creator of the act, wrote and produced most of the group's music.[2]

Lipps Inc.'s first release was a 1979 single, "Rock It", on Greenberg's own Flight imprint. The act released its debut album Mouth to Mouth in late 1979. The second single from this album, "Funkytown", spent four weeks at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts in the United States. The 7" single sold over two million copies within a few months and was awarded a platinum record within the same year of its release .[3] It reached #2 in the United Kingdom[4] and was a hit throughout the world. Lipps Inc.'s later singles failed to match the band's initial success (the only other Hot 100 entry was "Rock It", which peaked at #64); however, more dance hits were released throughout the 1980s, including "How Long?" in 1981 (originally a hit for Ace), which reached #4 on the U.S. dance chart. After the third album, Designer Music, Johnson left the band and was replaced by Margie Cox and Melanie Rosales. Lipps Inc. released its final album, 4, in 1983 before disbanding two years later.

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Awards and recognition[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums with year of release and chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positions
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
AUT
[5]
CAN
[6]
GER
[7]
NLD
[8]
NOR
[9]
SWE
[10]
Mouth to Mouth19795571211232110
Pucker Up198063374046
Designer Music1981
41982
"—" shows the album did not chart or did not have a release in that chart's country.

Compilation album[edit]

TitleAlbum details
Funkyworld: The Best of Lipps, Inc.
Funkytown

Singles[edit]

List of singles with year of release and chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positions
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
AUT
[5]
GER
[11]
NLD
[8]
NOR
[9]
SWE
[10]
"Rock It"19796485
"Funkytown"19801211112
"Designer Music"
"All Night Dancing"1981
"How Long"29323016
"Jazzy"
"There They Are"
"Tight Pair"1982
"Addicted To The Night"78
"Hold Me Down"198370
"Choir Practice"
"Hit the Deck"
"Does Anybody Know"1984
"Power"1985
"Gossip Song"

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.funkytown.com
  2. ^ http://www.funkytown.com
  3. ^ a b c d e Allmusic - Funkytown Charting
  4. ^ UK Charts Search 'Funkytown'
  5. ^ a b Discographie Lipps, Inc. (in German). austriancharts.at. Accessed on August 10, 2013.
  6. ^ RPM search results for "Lipps Inc.". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Accessed on August 11, 2013.
  7. ^ Suche nach "Lipps, Inc." (Album) (in German). charts.de. Accessed on August 10, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Discografie Lipps, Inc. (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Accessed on August 10, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Discography Lipps, Inc. norwegiancharts.com. Accessed on August 10, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Discography Lipps, Inc. swedishcharts.com. Accessed on August 10, 2013.
  11. ^ Suche nach "Lipps, Inc." (Single) (in German). charts.de. Accessed on August 10, 2013.

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