Funkytown

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"Funkytown"
LippsIncFunkytown7InchSingleCover.jpg
Single by Lipps Inc.
from the album Mouth to Mouth
B-side "All Night Dancing"
Released 1980 (1980)
Genre
Length
  • 4:00 (single version)
  • 7:50 (extended 12" version)
Label Casablanca
Songwriter(s) Steven Greenberg
Producer(s) Steven Greenberg
Audio sample
Music video
"Funkytown" (TopPop, 1982) on YouTube

"Funkytown" is a song by American disco act Lipps Inc. from their debut album Mouth to Mouth (1979). It was released as the album's lead single in 1980.

"Funkytown" held a unique record for reaching the number one spot in 28 countries, more than any other single release until Madonna's "Hung Up" reached number one in 41 countries in 2005.[citation needed] It reached the top spot in the United States, Germany, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands, and Australia, among many others.[3][4][5]

Background and composition[edit]

Written by Steven Greenberg and sung by Cynthia Johnson, the song expresses the singer's pining for a metaphorical place that will "keep me movin', keep me groovin' with some energy". It was written while the band lived in Minneapolis with dreams of moving to New York.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"Funkytown" entered the US Billboard Hot 100 on March 29, 1980 and spent four weeks at number one, beginning May 31. It also hit the number one spot on the disco chart in 1980.[5] It also reached no. 2 in the United Kingdom,[7] and Sweden, as well as on the U.S. soul chart (it was held out of the top spot of the Billboard Soul Chart by "Let's Get Serious" by Jermaine Jackson for five weeks, from May 24 to June 21).[8] The song was Lipps Inc's only American Top 40 hit.[5]

Track listings[edit]

7" single

  1. "Funkytown" – 4:00
  2. "All Night Dancing" – 3:09

12" single

  1. "Funkytown" – 7:51
  2. "All Night Dancing" – 3:09

Charts and certifications[edit]

Pseudo Echo version[edit]

"Funkytown"
Funkytown Pseudo Echo.jpg
Single by Pseudo Echo
from the album Love an Adventure
B-side "Lies Are Nothing"
Released 1986
Format 7" vinyl
Genre
Length
  • 4:53 (album version)
  • 3:40 (single version)
  • 6:36 (Dance Mix)
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Steven Greenberg
Producer(s) Brian Canham
Pseudo Echo singles chronology
"Try"
(1986)
"Funkytown"
(1986)
"Take On the World"
(1987)
"Try"
(1986)
"Funkytown"
(1986)
"Take On the World"
(1987)
Music video
"Funkytown" on YouTube

In 1986, "Funkytown" was covered by Australian band Pseudo Echo, who gave the song a different sound, with a guitar solo in the middle of their version. Pseudo Echo's version spent seven weeks at no. 1 in Australia (Lipps Inc.'s was at no. 1 for only two weeks in Australia), and was also a no. 6 US hit in July of the following year, and in August a no. 1 hit in Canada. Mirroring Lipps Inc's experience, Pseudo Echo's version was that group's only US Top 40 hit. This version of "Funky Town" by Pseudo Echo was played in the 1987 sequel comedy film Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.

Track listings[edit]

7" Single (EMI 1883)

  1. "Funkytown" – 3:40
  2. "Lies Are Nothing" – 3:58

12 / Maxi (ED 237) / (RCA 5217-7)

  • Side A "Funky Town" (Dance Mix) - 6:32
  • Side B "Funkytown" – 3:40
  • Side B "Lies Are Nothing" – 3:58

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1986–1987) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[9] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[46] 13
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[47] 40
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[48] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[49] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[50] 1
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[51] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[52] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[53] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[54] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[55] 6
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[55] 4
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[55] 1
US Cash Box[56] 12

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report)[27] 93
Chart (1987) Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report)[27] 19
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[57] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[58] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[59] 99
US Top Dance Sales 12-inch Singles[60] 37

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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