Lipps Inc.

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Lipps, Inc.
Lipps-Inc.jpg
Background information
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota,
United States
GenresR&B, disco, Italo disco
Years active1979–1985
LabelsCasablanca
Past membersSteven Greenberg
Cynthia Johnson
Melanie Rosales
Margaret Cox
 
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Lipps, Inc.
Lipps-Inc.jpg
Background information
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota,
United States
GenresR&B, disco, Italo disco
Years active1979–1985
LabelsCasablanca
Past membersSteven Greenberg
Cynthia Johnson
Melanie Rosales
Margaret Cox

Lipps Inc. (pronounced like "lip sync") was a studio band from the U.S., most famously known for the 1980 chart-topping hit "Funkytown". The group was formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Steven Greenberg, who wrote and produced all of the group's music, and who also played several musical instruments. The lead singer and saxophonist was Cynthia Johnson, and the rest of the group consisted of a changing group of session musicians, including guitarist David Rivkin.

Lipps Inc. released their debut album Mouth to Mouth in early 1980. The second single from this album, "Funkytown", spent four weeks at number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts in the United States and was awarded a platinum record.[1] It reached number two in the United Kingdom[2] and was a hit throughout the world. Their further singles failed to match their initial success (their only other Hot 100 entry was 1979's "Rock It", which peaked at #64); however, they had more dance hits throughout the 1980s, including "How Long?" (originally a big hit for Ace) in 1981, which reached #4 on the U.S. dance chart. After their third album, Johnson left Lipps Inc. and was replaced with Margie Cox and Melanie Rosales. Lipps Inc. released their final full-length album, 4, in 1983 before disbanding two years later.

Cover versions[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums with year of release and chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positions
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[4]
GER
[5]
NLD
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
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
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
AUT
[3]
GER
[9]
NLD
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
"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"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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