Personalities | Lipps, Inc. | One-Hit Wonders | Rock

‘Funkytown’, 1980

Possibly the last bona fide disco hit in the US, Lipps, Inc.’s ‘Funkytown’ was a worldwide hit that reached No. 1 (and went platinum) in America, and also reached No. 2 in the UK. Its sparse production was not dissimilar to Prince’s early work of the time (interestingly, both came from Minneapolis), and was actually at odds with disco’s bloated, overproduced excesses. Though subsequent singles were not as popular, they did manage to dent the US dance chart, before the group split up.

Personalities | Musical Youth | One-Hit Wonders | Rock

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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