Funkytown

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"Funkytown"
Single by Lipps Inc.
from the album Mouth to Mouth
B-side "All Night Dancing"
Released March 11, 1980
Recorded 1979
Genre
Length
  • 4:00 (single version)
  • 7:50 (extended 12" version)
Label Casablanca
Writer(s) Steven Greenberg
Producer(s) Steven Greenberg
Audio sample
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"Funkytown" is a song by American band Lipps Inc., which appears on their 1979 debut album, Mouth to Mouth. It was released as a single in March 1980. 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.[3] It entered the Billboard Hot 100 on March 29, 1980 and spent four weeks at No. 1, beginning May 31. It also hit No. 1 on the Dance chart in the spring of 1980.[4]

The single held a unique record for reaching number one in 28 countries, more than any other single release until Madonna's "Hung Up" reached number one in 41 countries in 2005. It reached the top spot in the United States, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands, and Australia, among many others.[5] It also reached No. 2 in the United Kingdom,[6] Sweden, and on the US R&B chart. The song was Lipps Inc's only US Top 40 hit.[4]

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]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Can't Stop the Music" by Village People
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
August 4, 1980 – August 11, 1980 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Moskau" by Dschinghis Khan
Preceded by
"Coming Up" (Live at Glasgow) by Paul McCartney
Canadian RPM 100 Singles number-one single
July 12, 1980 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Little Jeannie" by Elton John
Preceded by
"Il jouait du piano debout" by France Gall
French number-one single
August 15, 1980 – August 22, 1980 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" by The Korgis
Preceded by
"Aloha-Oe, Until We Meet Again" by the Goombay Dance Band
Austrian number-one single
August 1, 1980 – September 1, 1980 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Xanadu" by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra
Preceded by
"Der Nippel" by Mike Krüger
German number-one single
June 30, 1980 – September 1, 1980 (10 weeks)
Preceded by
"Xanadu" by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra
Norwegian number-one single
34/1980 – 35/1980 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"What's Another Year" by Johnny Logan
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
June 19, 1980 – July 31, 1980 (7 weeks)
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
June 14, 1980 – June 21, 1980 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Cara Mia" by Jay and the Americans
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single
June 21, 1980 (1 week)
Preceded by
"Sun of Jamaica" by the Goombay Dance Band
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
May 31, 1980 – June 14, 1980 (3 weeks)
Single Top 100 number-one single
June 7, 1980 – June 28, 1980 (4 weeks)
Preceded by
"Stomp!" by The Brothers Johnson
New Zealand number-one single
July 13, 1980 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Locomotion" by Ritz
Preceded by
"Boat on the River" by Styx
Swiss number-one single
June 15, 1980 – July 27, 1980 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Donna musica" by Collage
Preceded by
"Call Me" by Blondie
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 31, 1980 – June 21, 1980 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Coming Up" by Paul McCartney
US Cash Box number-one single
May 31, 1980 – June 28, 1980 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Rose" by Bette Midler
US Record World number-one single
May 31, 1980 – June 21, 1980 (4 weeks)
Preceded by
"And the Beat Goes On" / "Can You Do the Boogie" / "Out the Box" by The Whispers
"High on Your Love" / "Hot Hot (Give It All You Got)" by Debbie Jacobs
US Billboard Hot Disco Singles number-one single
(with "All Night Dancing")

March 8, 1980 – March 15, 1980 (2 weeks)
March 29, 1980 – April 5, 1980 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"High on Your Love" / "Hot Hot (Give It All You Got)" by Debbie Jacobs
"Stomp!" by The Brothers Johnson

Pseudo Echo version[edit]

"Funkytown"
Single by Pseudo Echo
from the album Love An Adventure
B-side "Lies Are Nothing"
Released December 15, 1986
Format 7" vinyl
Genre
Length
  • 4:53 (album version)
  • 3:40 (single version)
  • 6:36 (Dance Mix)
Label RCA Records
Producer(s) Brian Canham
Pseudo Echo singles chronology
"Try"
(1986)
"Funkytown"
(1986)
"Fooled Again"
(1988)
Music video
"Funkytown" on YouTube

In 1986, "Funkytown" was covered by Australian band Pseudo Echo, who gave the song a different sound, less of early 1980s electronica and more of a late 1980s rock-infused dance sound, including a guitar solo in the middle. 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. Despite Pseudo Echo's rock-like arrangement, on the 12" single issue of this version, the song is labelled as "Funkytown (Dance Mix)". 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.

Music video[edit]

The music video is a very basic, low-budget video that features the band with their instruments on a lighted, smoke-filled set "performing" the song to a backing track.[44]

Track listings[edit]

7" Single

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

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"You're the Voice" by John Farnham
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
December 22, 1986 – February 2, 1987 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles
Preceded by
Alone by Heart
Canadian RPM 100 Singles number-one single
August 15, 1987 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Heart and Soul" by T'Pau
Preceded by
"Word Up!" by Cameo
New Zealand number-one single
March 8, 1987 – April 12, 1987 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House

Other cover versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

TV shows[edit]

  • In the Malcolm in the Middle episode Rollerskates, Hal uses "Funkytown" to teach Malcolm to skate.[61]
  • This song is played in the second season episode nine of the British drama Skins (E4), when the character Cassie, played by Hannah Murray, dances this song. The song is also included in the Official Soundtrack for season 2 of Skins.[62]
  • The song was also featured in the 229´s episode of the hit TV sitcom Friends (The One Where the Stripper Cries, season 10, episode 11).[63]
  • In the South Park episode Towelie, Towelie played the tune to "Funkytown" on the keypad to get into a secret base after getting high.[64]
  • In the 7th episode of the first season of Gotham entitled, "Penguin's Umbrella" Victor Zsasz's phone rings, with "Funkytown" as his ringtone.[65]

Movies[edit]

Commercials[edit]

  • Nissan has used the song for their commercials.[71]
  • French company Areva has made use of the song for its commercials.[72]
  • Volkswagen used it for its 1997 Jetta commercial.[73]

Video games[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

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