Lipps, Inc.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lipps, Inc. was a funk/disco band from the United States featuring Cynthia Johnson on lead vocals best known for the 1980 worldwide chart-topping hit "Funkytown".

The name "Lipps, Inc." is a play on the words "Lip Sync". Cynthia Johnson was the group´s lead vocalist and saxophonist, who co-wrote also some of the band´s songs. The rest of the group consisted of a changing lineup of session musicians, including guitarist David Rivkin, guitarist Tom Riopelle or bassist Terry Grant.. Steven Greenberg wrote and produced most of the group's music.

Lipps Inc.'s first release was a 1979 single, "Rock It". 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, soon after followed by Double-Platinum. "Funkytown" hit thanks to Johnson´s unmistakable lead vocals #1 in 28 different countries around the world. Even till today, Funkytown´s pervasive influence on popular culture continues to hold its own from the movie screen (e.g. Shrek 2) to the Olympic stadium and all stops in-between.
Lipps Inc.'s later singles couldn´t top the band's initial success (another 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) reaching #4 on the U.S. dance chart.

In 1983, after the third album "Designer Music" Johnson discontinued to appear under the band name Lipps, Inc. Instead Margaret Cox, better known as Ta Mara of Ta Mara & The Seen, and Melanie Rosales tried to replace Johnson and released another, final album "4" in 1983 under the band´s name. But neither of them couldn´t replace the remarkable voice of Cynthia Johnson and shortly after the absence of success lead to the disbandment of the group.
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Albums

NBLP 7197 Lipps, Inc. - Mouth To Mouth album art Lipps, Inc. Mouth To Mouth (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7197 US 1979 Sell This Version
NBLP 7242 Lipps, Inc. - Pucker Up album art Lipps, Inc. Pucker Up (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7242 US 1980 Sell This Version
25S-33 Lipps, Inc. - Designer Music album art Lipps, Inc. Designer Music (Album) Casablanca 25S-33 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
811 022-1 M-1, 422-811 022-1 M-1 Lipps, Inc. - 4 album art Lipps, Inc. 4 (Album) Casablanca, Casablanca 811 022-1 M-1, 422-811 022-1 M-1 US 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

6198 377 Lipps, Inc. - Rock It album art Lipps, Inc. Rock It (Single) Casablanca 6198 377 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
NBD 20186 DJ Lipps, Inc. - Rock It album art Lipps, Inc. Rock It (Single, Maxi) Flight Records (2) NBD 20186 DJ US 1979 Sell This Version
6175 034 Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown album art Lipps Inc.* Funkytown (Single, Maxi) Casablanca 6175 034 France 1979 Sell This Version
NB 2326 Lipps, Inc. - The Gossip Song / How Long album art Lipps, Inc. The Gossip Song / How Long (Single) Casablanca NB 2326 US 1980 Sell This Version
NB 2303 Lipps, Inc. - How Long album art Lipps, Inc. How Long (Single, Maxi) Casablanca NB 2303 US 1980 Sell This Version
CSB-85-126 Lipps, Inc. - Power album art Lipps, Inc. Power(7", Single) Casablanca CSB-85-126 Philippines 1980 Sell This Version
7S-31 Lipps, Inc. - Always Lookin' album art Lipps, Inc. Always Lookin'(7", Single) Casablanca 7S-31 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
7S-43 Lipps, Inc. - Designer Music album art Lipps, Inc. Designer Music (Single) Casablanca 7S-43 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
NB 2342 Lipps, Inc. - Hold Me Down album art Lipps, Inc. Hold Me Down (Single) Casablanca NB 2342 US 1981 Sell This Version
6180 118 Lipps, Inc. - Designer Music / Hold Me Down album art Lipps, Inc. Designer Music / Hold Me Down(7", Single) Casablanca 6180 118 Colombia 1982 Sell This Version
7S-57 Lipps, Inc. - I Need Some Cash album art Lipps, Inc. I Need Some Cash(7", Single) Casablanca, Polystar 7S-57 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
7S-95 Lipps, Inc. - Addicted To The Night album art Lipps, Inc. Addicted To The Night (Single) Casablanca 7S-95 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
562016 Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown album art Lipps, Inc. Funkytown (Single, Maxi) Casablanca 562016 Colombia 1980 Sell This Version
CSB-85-152, 818 623-7 Lipps, Inc. - Cryin' Over You album art Lipps, Inc. Cryin' Over You(7", Single) Casablanca, Casablanca CSB-85-152, 818 623-7 Philippines 1983 Sell This Version
SX 1242 Lipps, Inc. - Celebration / Funkytown album art Kool & The Gang / Lipps, Inc. Kool & The Gang / Lipps, Inc. - Celebration / Funkytown Singles, Ep's & eXhits SX 1242 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
OG 9489 Lipps, Inc. - Funky Town / Never Knew Love Like This Before album art Lipps, Inc. / Stephanie Mills Lipps, Inc. / Stephanie Mills - Funky Town / Never Knew Love Like This Before (Single) Old Gold (2) OG 9489 UK 1985 Sell This Version
TTW 8545 Lipps, Inc. - Does Anybody Know Me? / Hit The Deck album art Lipps, Inc. Does Anybody Know Me? / Hit The Deck(12") Twin/Tone Records, Wide Angle TTW 8545 US 1985 Sell This Version
ZYX 5486, 5486 Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown / Vivre Sur Vidéo album art Lipps Inc.* / Trans-X Lipps Inc.* / Trans-X - Funkytown / Vivre Sur Vidéo ZYX Records, ZYX Records ZYX 5486, 5486 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
870 379-2 Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown album art Lipps, Inc. Funkytown (Maxi) Casablanca 870 379-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
FLEX 21 Lipps, Inc. - Funki Town (Remix) / The 2nd Day Of The Triffids album art Lipps Inc.* Funki Town (Remix) / The 2nd Day Of The Triffids(12") FLEX - Men's Clothing FLEX 21 UK 1988 Sell This Version
871 907-1 Lipps, Inc. - Vital Signs album art Debra Laws And Lipps, Inc. Debra Laws And Lipps, Inc. - Vital Signs (Single) Polydor 871 907-1 US 1989 Sell This Version