Lipps, Inc.

Lipps, Inc.

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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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Lipps, Inc. Discography

Albums

Lipps, Inc. Mouth To Mouth (Album) Casablanca US 1979 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. Pucker Up (Album) Casablanca India 1980 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. Designer Music (Album) Casablanca Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. 4 (Album) Casablanca, Casablanca US 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Lipps, Inc. Rock It (Single) Casablanca US 1979 Sell This Version
Lipps Inc.* Funkytown (Single, Maxi) Casablanca France 1979 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. Rock It (Single) Casablanca US 1979 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. The Gossip Song / How Long (Single) Casablanca US 1980 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. How Long (Single, Maxi) Casablanca 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
Lipps, Inc. Hold Me Down (Single) Casablanca US 1981 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. Designer Music (Single) Casablanca 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
Lipps, Inc. Addicted To The Night (Single) Casablanca Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. Funkytown (Single, Maxi) Casablanca Colombia 1980 Sell This Version
Kool & The Gang / Lipps, Inc. Kool & The Gang / Lipps, Inc. - Celebration / Funkytown Singles, Ep's & eXhits Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. / Stephanie Mills Lipps, Inc. / Stephanie Mills - Funky Town / Never Knew Love Like This Before (Single) Old Gold (2) 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
Lipps Inc.* / Trans-X Lipps Inc.* / Trans-X - Funkytown / Vivre Sur Vidéo ZYX Records, ZYX Records Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. Funkytown (Maxi) Casablanca 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
Debra Laws And Lipps, Inc. Debra Laws And Lipps, Inc. - Vital Signs Polydor US 1989 Sell This Version