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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

Lipps, Inc. Pucker Up (Album) Concert (3) 1980 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. - 4 album art Lipps, Inc. 4 (Album) Not On Label (Lipps, Inc.) Russia 2009 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. - Designer Music album art Lipps, Inc. Designer Music (Album) Not On Label (Lipps, Inc.) Russia 2009 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. - Mouth To Mouth album art Lipps, Inc. Mouth To Mouth (Album) Not On Label (Lipps, Inc.) Russia 2009 Sell This Version
SPS 8596 Lipps, Inc. - Fantastic album art Wham*, Lipps, Inc. Wham*, Lipps, Inc. - Fantastic(Cass, Album, Unofficial) SPS (2) SPS 8596 Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Lipps, Inc. / Chic Lipps, Inc. / Chic - Funky / Dance, Dance, Dance(12", Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Lipps, Inc.), Not On Label (Chic) none 1999 Sell This Version
PSY 001 Lipps, Inc. - Funky Town 2003 album art Lipps, Inc. Funky Town 2003(12", S/Sided, Unofficial) Not On Label PSY 001 UK 2003 Sell This Version
HTFunk 007 Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown (2006) album art Lipps, Inc. Funkytown (2006)(12", S/Sided, Unofficial) Not On Label (HTFunk Series) HTFunk 007 UK 2006 Sell This Version
NBD 20207 Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown / Flashdance... What A Feeling album art Lipps, Inc. / Irene Cara Lipps, Inc. / Irene Cara - Funkytown / Flashdance... What A Feeling(12", Unofficial) Casablanca (4) NBD 20207 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Lipps, Inc. - How Long (Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix) album art Lipps, Inc. How Long (Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix)(File, MP3, Single, Unofficial, 128) Shades Of Seventies none US 2009
none Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown album art Lipps, Inc. Funkytown(Acetate, 12", Unofficial) Not On Label (Lipps, Inc.) none US Unknown Sell This Version
001 Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown album art Lipps, Inc. Funkytown(12", Unofficial) Not On Label 001 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CDM 1197-27 Lipps, Inc. - Funkyworld: The Best Of Lipps, Inc. album art Lipps, Inc. Funkyworld: The Best Of Lipps, Inc.(CD, Comp, Unofficial) CD-Maximum CDM 1197-27 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
WB32589CD Lipps, Inc. - Disco Collection album art Lipps, Inc. Disco Collection(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Warner Bros. Records (2) WB32589CD Russia 2001 Sell This Version
none Lipps, Inc. - Exclusive Collection album art Lipps, Inc. Exclusive Collection(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Disco Madness (2) none Russia 2002 Sell This Version
Lipps, Inc. Funkytown (Comp) 2000 FruitGum Corp. Russia 2006 Sell This Version