Lipps, Inc.

Lipps, Inc.

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.

Lipps, Inc. Discography


NBLP 7197 Lipps, Inc. Mouth To Mouth (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7197 US 1979 Sell This Version
6302 062 Lipps, Inc. Pucker Up (Album) Casablanca 6302 062 India 1980 Sell This Version
25S-33 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) Casablanca, Casablanca 811 022-1 M-1, 422-811 022-1 M-1 US 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

NB 2281 DJ Lipps, Inc. Rock It (Single) Casablanca NB 2281 DJ US 1979 Sell This Version
6175 034 Lipps Inc.* Funkytown (Single, Maxi) Casablanca 6175 034 France 1979 Sell This Version
NBD 20186 DJ Lipps, Inc. Rock It (Single) Casablanca NBD 20186 DJ US 1979 Sell This Version
NB 2326 Lipps, Inc. The Gossip Song / How Long (Single) Casablanca NB 2326 US 1980 Sell This Version
NB 2303 DJ Lipps, Inc. How Long (Single, Maxi) Casablanca NB 2303 DJ US 1980 Sell This Version
7S-31 Lipps, Inc. Always Lookin'(7", Single) Casablanca 7S-31 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
CSB-85-127, 6000 509 Lipps, Inc. How Long(7", Single) Casablanca, Casablanca CSB-85-127, 6000 509 Philippines 1980 Sell This Version
562016 Lipps Inc.* Roquealo(7", Single) Casablanca 562016 Colombia 1980 Sell This Version
NB 2342 Lipps, Inc. Hold Me Down (Single) Casablanca NB 2342 US 1981 Sell This Version
7S-43 Lipps, Inc. Designer Music (Single) Casablanca 7S-43 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
NB 2348 Lipps, Inc. Designer Music(7", Single) Casablanca NB 2348 USA & Canada 1981 Sell This Version
7S-57 Lipps, Inc. I Need Some Cash(7", Single) Casablanca 7S-57 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
812 068-7 Lipps, Inc. Funkytown / Designer Music(7", Single, RE) Casablanca 812 068-7 Belgium 1981 Sell This Version
7S-95 Lipps, Inc. Addicted To The Night (Single) Casablanca 7S-95 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
S62001 Lipps, Inc. Funkytown (Single, Maxi) Casablanca S62001 Colombia 1980 Sell This Version
SX 1242 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. / 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(12") Twin/Tone Records, Wide Angle TTW 8545 US 1985 Sell This Version
ZYX 5486, 5486 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 (Maxi) Casablanca 870 379-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
FLEX 21 Lipps Inc.* Funki Town (Remix) / The 2nd Day Of The Triffids(12") FLEX Records (UK) FLEX 21 UK 1988 Sell This Version