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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.
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