Sunday, December 14, 2008

On my turntable: Lipps Inc.

For those of us who grew up in Minneapolis in the 70's & 80's, it was pretty cool thing to have a hit as big as "Funkytown" recorded in your own city. Prior to the release of Mouth to Mouth (1980), the only real charting of "the Minneapolis sound" was Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover", which got more play at the roller rink than on Minneapolis Top 40 radio.

Aside from being one of the biggest songs of 1980, "Funkytown" was also the last great song of the disco era. After "Funkytown", disco died a very speedy & painful death. When you consider that disco was practically DOA by the end of 1980, it's easier to understand how Lipps Inc.'s 2nd LP, Pucker Up (also released in '80), failed so miserably. It's not a bad album, but it does stink a bit like a dying genre.

No comments: