Lipps Inc. (pronounced like "lip sync") was a studio band from the U.S., most famously known for the 1980 chart-topping hit "Funkytown". The group was formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Steven Greenberg, who wrote and produced all of the group's music, and who also played several musical instruments. The lead singer and saxophonist was Cynthia Johnson, and the rest of the group consisted of a changing group of session musicians, including guitarist David Rivkin.
Lipps Inc. released their debut album Mouth to Mouth in early 1980. The second single from this album, "Funkytown", spent four weeks at number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts in the United States and was awarded a platinum record. It reached number two in the United Kingdom and was a hit throughout the world. Their further singles failed to match their initial success (their only other Hot 100 entry was 1979's "Rock It", which peaked at #64); however, they had more dance hits throughout the 1980s, including "How Long?" (originally a big hit for Ace) in 1981, which reached #4 on the U.S. dance chart. After their third album, Johnson left Lipps Inc. and was replaced with Margie Cox and Melanie Rosales. Lipps Inc. released their final full-length album, 4, in 1983 before disbanding two years later.