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 Margie 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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NBLP 7197 Mouth To Mouth — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Mouth To Mouth (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7197 US 1979 Sell This Version
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NBLP 7242 Pucker Up — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Pucker Up (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7242 US 1980 Sell This Version
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25S-33 Designer Music — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Designer Music (Album) Casablanca 25S-33 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
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811 022-1 M-1, 422-811 022-1 M-1 4 — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. 4 (Album) Casablanca, Casablanca 811 022-1 M-1, 422-811 022-1 M-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
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6198 377 Rock It — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Rock It (Single) Casablanca 6198 377 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
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NBD 20186 DJ Rock It — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Rock It (Single, Maxi) Flight Records (2) NBD 20186 DJ US 1979 Sell This Version
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6175 034 Funkytown — Lipps, Inc. Lipps Inc.* Funkytown (Single, Maxi) Casablanca 6175 034 France 1979 Sell This Version
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HIT-6 How Long / Walk Away — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. / Donna Summer Lipps, Inc. / Donna Summer - How Long / Walk Away(12", Promo) Casablanca HIT-6 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
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NB 2326 The Gossip Song / How Long — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. The Gossip Song / How Long (Single) Casablanca NB 2326 US 1980 Sell This Version
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7S-31 Always Lookin' — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Always Lookin' (Single) Casablanca 7S-31 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
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NB 2303 How Long — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. How Long (Single, Maxi) Casablanca NB 2303 US 1980 Sell This Version
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CSB-85-126 Power — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Power(7", Single) Casablanca CSB-85-126 Philippines 1980 Sell This Version
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HIT-1 Special D.J. Copy — Lipps, Inc. Village People / Lipps, Inc. Village People / Lipps, Inc. - Special D.J. Copy(12", Single, Promo) Casablanca HIT-1 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
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7S-43 Designer Music — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Designer Music (Single) Casablanca 7S-43 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
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NB 2342 Hold Me Down — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Hold Me Down (Single) Casablanca NB 2342 US 1981 Sell This Version
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6180 118 Designer Music / Hold Me Down — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Designer Music / Hold Me Down(7", Single) Casablanca 6180 118 Colombia 1982 Sell This Version
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R.I. 62174 Designer Music / Que Idea (Ma ‘Quale Idea) — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. / Pino D'Angiò Lipps, Inc. / Pino D'Angiò - Designer Music / Que Idea (Ma ‘Quale Idea)(7", Single, Jukebox) Not On Label R.I. 62174 Peru 1982 Sell This Version
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7S-57 I Need Some Cash — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. I Need Some Cash(7", Single) Casablanca, Polystar 7S-57 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
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7S-95 Addicted To The Night — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Addicted To The Night (Single) Casablanca 7S-95 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
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810 326-7 Funkytown / Rock It — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Funkytown / Rock It (Single, Maxi) Casablanca 810 326-7 US 1979 Sell This Version
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CSB-85-152, 818 623-7 Cryin' Over You — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Cryin' Over You(7", Single) Casablanca, Casablanca CSB-85-152, 818 623-7 Philippines 1983 Sell This Version
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SX 1242 Celebration / Funkytown — Lipps, Inc. Kool & The Gang / Lipps, Inc. Kool & The Gang / Lipps, Inc. - Celebration / Funkytown Singles, Ep's & eXhits SX 1242 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
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OG 9489 Funky Town / Never Knew Love Like This Before — Lipps, Inc. 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
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TTW 8545 Does Anybody Know Me? / Hit The Deck — Lipps, Inc. Lipps, Inc. Does Anybody Know Me? / Hit The Deck(12") Twin/Tone Records, Wide Angle TTW 8545 US 1985 Sell This Version
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ZYX 5486, 5486 Funkytown / Vivre Sur Vidéo — Lipps, Inc. Lipps Inc.* / Trans-X Lipps Inc.* / Trans-X - Funkytown / Vivre Sur Vidéo (Maxi) ZYX Records, ZYX Records ZYX 5486, 5486 Germany 1986 Sell This Version

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WarpedRecord3345

WarpedRecord3345

April 20, 2021
Obviously they didn’t get the memo that disco was dead by the beginning of the ‘80s. I’m so very grateful for that.
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