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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: 70s Disco Hits

Disc 1

1. D.I.S.C.O.

2. Funkytown

4. A Walk In The Park

6. Disco Bouzouki

7. Automatic Lover

8. Trojan Horse

9. I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper

10. Dear John

12. I Can't Stand The Rain

13. Rock Your Baby

15. Looking For Freedom

16. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

17. You To Me Are Everything

Disc 2

2. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

3. From Here To Eternity

4. Que Sera Mi Vida

5. Knock On Wood

7. In Zaire

8. It Takes Me Higher

9. Kung Fu Fighting

10. Queen Of Chinatown

12. Y.M.C.A.

13. Black Is Black

14. Feels Like I'm In Love

15. I Love To Love

16. I Feel Love

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Track List: Body Moves: Non-Stop Disco Workout (Volume1)

1. Bad Girls

2. Funkytown

3. I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)

4. Makin' It

5. Heaven Must Have Sent You

6. Instant Replay

7. Shake Your Groove Thing

8. Shame

9. Fame

10. Maniac

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Track List: Disco Groovers

Disc 1

1. Hot Stuff

2. Oops Upside Your Head

3. Somebody's Watching Me

5. Car Wash

6. Get Down

7. Upside Down

9. I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)

10. Get Down On It

11. Stomp!

12. Funkytown

13. Brick House

15. Ai No Corrida

16. Contact

19. Love Machine

20. I Will Survive

Disc 2

1. The Grease Mega-Mix

2. Dr Kiss Kiss

3. Breakin' (There's No Stopping Us)

5. Rockin' Roll Baby

6. Super Freak

7. Let The Music Play

8. I Want You Back

9. If I Can't Have You

10. There's A Ghost In My House

11. Fire

12. Night Birds

13. You Can't Hide

15. The Chase

18. Let It All Blow

19. It's Serious

Disc 3

1. Let's Get Serious

2. War

3. Hang On In There Baby

4. Shake Your Groove Thing

5. Never Gonna Give You Up

6. Love Hangover

8. Never Knew Love Like This Before

9. Funky Weekend

11. Party Freak

12. Stand Up

13. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent

16. Keep On Truckin' (Part 1)

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Track List: Disco: Gold

Disc 1

1. Don't Leave Me This Way

2. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

3. T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia)

4. Turn The Beat Around

5. Brazil

6. Disco Inferno

7. Got To Have Loving

8. Got To Be Real

9. We Are Family

10. If I Can't Have You

11. Tell Me What You Want

12. Love Machine

Disc 2

1. I Will Survive

2. Car Wash

3. Y.M.C.A.

4. I Need A Man

5. I Feel Love

6. Funkytown

7. Stomp!

8. I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)

9. More, More, More

10. Ladies Night

11. Upside Down

13. Got To Give It Up

14. Shake Your Groove Thing

16. Last Dance

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Track List: Lost & Found In The Seventies

1. You Sexy Thing

2. Heart Of Glass

3. Boogie Oogie Oogie

4. Boogie Fever

5. Movin'

6. Funkytown

9. Turn The Beat Around

10. Rock The Boat

11. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

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Track List: Shrek 2 Motion Picture Soundtrack

1. Accidentally In Love

2. Holding Out For A Hero

3. Changes

4. As Lovers Go

5. Funkytown

6. I'm On My Way

7. I Need Some Sleep

8. Ever Fallen In Love

9. Little Drop Of Poison

10. You're So True

11. People Ain't No Good

12. Fairy Godmother Song

13. Livin' La Vida Loca

14. Holding Out For A Hero

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Track List: Ultimate Disco

Disc 1

1. Y.M.C.A

2. Bad Girls

3. Celebration

4. Funkytown

5. Get Up And Boogie

6. Love's Theme

7. I Will Survive

8. Everlasting Love

9. Love Rollercoaster

10. Car Wash

11. I'll Be Good To You

12. Love Machine

14. Jungle Boogie

15. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

Disc 2

1. Shadow Dancing

3. The Hustle

4. Never Can Say Goodbye

5. Never Knew Love Like This Before

6. Fly, Robin, Fly

7. Brick House

8. Dancing Machine

9. Don't Leave Me This Way

10. I Love The Nightlife (Disco Round)

11. Ladies Night

12. If I Can't Have You

13. A Fifth Of Beethoven

14. In The Navy

15. Last Dance

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I love it
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The best of KC and the Sunshine Band
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Lol my mom used to roller skate to this when she was a kid
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FUNKY TOWN BY LIPPS
CLASSICS AND OLDIES ON PANDORA
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I love this song my jam bless you 80s bless you
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I like this song 80's jam
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Shrek
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good song
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Happy New Year
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What the f**k Shira. Can u write a dam complete sentence f**kin L D
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Probably where Prince got the inspiration to make funk with no bass. He once told Miles Davis that if he ever heard is bass player in the mix he'd fire him.
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Talk about bringing back some fund memories.
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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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Why do I think of Shrek? Dont know? Otay
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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
Comment this on 5 other songs
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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And just dance 2 song Is wierd too
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Like rio 2 lol CALCULATING ROUTE TO FUNKY TOWN lol
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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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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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I love this song :D
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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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