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Lipps Inc.

Before hard funksters like Prince and the Time hit the national stage, before groundbreaking alternative rockers Hüsker Dü and the Replacements, Minneapolis was barely a blip on America's musical radar -- that is, until Lipps, Inc. broke out with one of disco's most monumental singles, the number one smash "Funkytown." The brainchild of producer/songwriter Steven Greenberg, Lipps, Inc. (meant to be pronounced as a pun on "lip sync") wound up as one-hit wonders, but that one hit still stands as one of disco's all-time classics; its computerized feel and lean, spare arrangement contrasted sharply with the perceived excesses of most disco music, yet its longing for escape (specifically, from Minneapolis, whose music scene was still in its infancy) fit the spirit of the era perfectly, sending it to the top of the charts for a full month in 1980.

A multi-instrumentalist, Greenberg had played in several bands and had been trying for some time to secure a production deal. He finally caught the Casablanca label's interest with a disco track called "Rock It," which became something of a hit locally. Casablanca asked Greenberg for a full album, and he gathered a cast of session players that initially included guitarists David Rivkin and Tom Riopelle, keyboardist Ivan Rafowitz, and bassist Terry Grant. Most importantly, he recruited lead vocalist Cynthia Johnson, the 1976 Miss Black Minnesota, who had been performing with an early version of the Time. Released nationally in late 1979, "Rock It" failed to catch on. The group's debut album, Mouth Music, was released in early 1980 and when "Funkytown" was pulled as a second single, it was an instant hit, climbing to number one just a couple months later and spending four weeks on top. In the wake of its success, "Rock It" was re-released, but flopped again. The six-song release Pucker Up followed, featuring a disco remake of the British pub rock group Ace's hit ballad "How Long," which reached number four on Billboard's club chart. The next Lipps, Inc. full-length, Designer Music, didn't attract much attention. Johnson was already decreasing her involvement with the group, with Melanie Rosales picking up some of the slack; Johnson left for good in 1983, the year the group released their final album, 4. By the time Lipps, Inc. threw in the towel, though, they'd begun to open things up on the Minneapolis music scene, not to mention giving valuable early experience to several future members of Prince's band the Revolution. Greenberg eventually moved into web design, and owns a profitable company based in Minneapolis. ~ Steve Huey
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Great song
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Good songs
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Talked about it. Talk about moving. Gotta move on,gotta move on. Take me to funky Towne.
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Vfhhgtgygfgg y f f u j f y g k f h
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Why do I think of Shrek? Dont know? Otay
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Dear people who see this in their feed, I'm at 70's night in Girl Scouts and I'm using my pandora for the playlist. I am NOT going insane. Thanks, love you guys.
- Emily.
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Meow meow! Hai there Im an Internet kitty. Follow me and I'll follow back.
Also this station and song are awesome
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Jordon like this song
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It's even on raven rabbits video game it's sooooo weird:/
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Say your crushs name
Name a day of the week
Kiss your left hand three times
Clap your hands four times
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And your crush will ask you out on the day if the week you said
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..this songs a bit too weird. On the Ylvis radio, I heard Funky Town e,e
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wendylt8
And just dance 2 song Is wierd too
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wendylt8
Like rio 2 lol CALCULATING ROUTE TO FUNKY TOWN lol
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wendylt8
FUNKYTOWN shows up in the weirdest places
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how do I add other genres
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want a 1950's and early 1960's oldies station added to disco station
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Yea
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My jam
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Why not.
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Take me to funky town
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Gotta make a move to a town that's right for me!
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Say a school day
Close your left hand
Open it and look at it
Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out on that day
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Funky town whomp
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Funky town b**ch
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driscollsall y
This old body likes disco music!!!
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Funkytown
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Wrack it realth I think
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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Old songs you have got to kidding me
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they did a refence to this in bobs burgers!!!!! !
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Brings back so many memories.
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29james.lee
I love this song :D
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claytonnews1
Wont you take me to FUNKY TOWN!?!
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Wow 70's just punched me in the face!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary it actually works
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Nice
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Wait a minute! I heard that song off from Shrek 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks before.
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Wait a minute! I hard that song off from Shrek 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks a long time ago.
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Groovy
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Disco Lives!!
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rberry0819
That girl you called fat is overdosing on diet pills. That girl you called ugly is putting on tons of makeup so people will notice her. That boy you just kicked Is abused at home. That boy you lafed at for crying he's mom is dying. If you think this is horrible post this on other songs this IS a chain comment if you do post this you help stop bullying if you don't and think this is funny you are a bully. Please join the movement.
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I wish music was still like this.
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woooooohhhhh h h h o o ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Nice
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OH YEAH
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I was in Junior High when this cane out. Before I started to listen to rock only.
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pcarice4
Shrek lol!!!
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The first time I ever heard this song was on Shrek with my dad
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Got to love the saxophone and violin parts
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One of my all time favorites.
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