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The "Funkytown" is New York City. A songwriter and producer named Steven Greenburg wrote this when he became bored with Minneapolis and wanted to move to New York, which he called "Funkytown."
Lipps, Inc. (pronounced "Lip Synch") was formed especially for this song. The vocals were by Cynthia Johnson, who was Miss Black Minnesota 1976. The group continued to record until 1985 with a changing lineup but they failed to see the success they'd had with their first hit.
Steven Greenburg became A&R Vice President for Mercury Records, signing Hanson, among other acts. Later he headed the S-Curve Records label signing the Baha Men and Joss Stone.
Australian Pop group Pseudo Echo had a #1 hit in Australia and Top-10 hit in both the US and UK with their rockier version of this song.
This was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Shrek 2. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
A cover of this by Alvin And The Chipmunks returned this song to the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2008. The Chipmunks' version originally featured on the 2007 soundtrack album for the film Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Billy Gould of Faith No More
Faith No More's bassist, Billy Gould, chats to us about his two new experimental projects, The Talking Book and House of Hayduk, and also shares some stories from the FNM days.
Dean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose
. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."
They Might Be Giants
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.