Meet Lipps, Inc. [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]
Lipps Inc. (pronounced like "lip sync") was a studio band formed in Minneapolis in the late 1970's. This band's biggest hit also happens to be one of "Jersey's Favorite Hits!"
Lipps, Inc was formed by Steven Greenberg, who wrote and produced all of the group's music. Greenberg also played several instruments for the band.
That distinctive voice in "Funkytown" is Cynthia Johnson, who also played saxophone for the group! She also happened to be Miss Black Minnesota U.S.A. in 1976.
The rest of Lipps, Inc. consisted of a changing group of session musicians, including guitarist David Rivkin.
Lipps, Inc. released their debut album "Mouth To Mouth" in early 1980.
"Funkytown" was the second single from this album, and it spent four weeks at #1 on both the "Billboard Hot 100" and on the "Hot Dance Music/Club Play" charts in 1980!
"Funkytown" was awarded a platinum record.
It reached #2 on the British Charts, and was a hit throughout the world.
Unfortunately, Lipps, Inc.'s later singles failed to match their initial radio and chart success...
...their only other Hot 100 entry was 1980's "Rock It", which peaked at #64.
Without hit radio airplay, the band scored more "dance hits" through the early 1980s, including:
"How Long?" (originally a #3/1975 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 by Margie Cox and Melanie Rosales.
Lipps, Inc. released their final full-length album "4" in 1983.
Lipps, Inc. fell out on "sync" in 1985.
But, the band lives on, as "Funkytown" is a part of numerous disco/dance, and 1980's-based music compilations!
And, of course can be heard on New Jersey 101.5 on weekends..."when the music comes out to play!"