Funkytown is a disco – funk songby Lipps Inc. , written by Steven Greenberg and released in 1980 7 . Single from their first album ( Mouth to Mouth ), this is the group’s main hit, coming first in international charts and certified platinum (over two million singles sold).

The lyrics, sung by Cynthia Johnson, evoke an imaginary city named Funkytown, where she would like to surrender, which would give her a kind of energy to move and dancecontinuously.

This song is generally considered one of the great classics of disco music . It has been many times (including one by the Australian band Pseudo Echo , which was again a success), and is used in several movies , video games or advertising clips 8 .

Reversals

  • In 1980 the Spanish group Parchís made a cover in Spanish (the name “Funkytown” being kept).
  • In 1986, the Australian band Pseudo Echo made a rock- style cover with a guitar solo . This recovery was a success, leading Australian rankings for seven weeks, and was the group’s biggest success.
  • In 2007, the song was taken by Alvin and the Chipmunks , in the film of the same name . This version had some success, and was reused by Ubisoft in the game Rayman against rabbits even more idiots .
  • In 2007, the French singer Lorie reused all the instrumental part of Funkytown , to form with the vocal part of her song Je vais vite a variation named Je vais funky .
  • In 2009, the Swedish group Alcazar also made a cover of Funkytown , included in his album Disco Defenders .

Uses and allusions

The song is used in the soundtrack of several movies , video games , advertising clips, etc., among others:

  • 1981: The film The Mad History of the World (as a humorous anachronism in a scene of ancient Rome );
  • 1981: the Fantasy video game (as a theme of one of the levels of the game);
  • 2000: The Rollerskates episode of the Malcolm series , when Hal dances in skating in front of his son;
  • 2004: Shrek 2 (upon arrival in the city of Fort Far Fort);
  • 2006: the central animation advertising clip for the Areva 9 industrial group “Energy Experts” advertising campaign ;
  • 2008: the film Disaster movie ;
  • 2008: episode The beginning of the end of the Skins series .

There are also many times alluded to, for example:

  • In an episode of South Park , Servietsky plays the melody of Funkytown via the digicode of a military base, dialing 55754 45084.
  • In 2010, the film Funkytown takes up the concept evoked in the song of a city full of energy, dance and music, presenting Montréal as the point of convergence of the disco current during its debut.

Rankings and certifications

Weekly rankings

Classification (1980) Best
position
 South Africa (Springbok Radio) 10 5
 Germany ( Media Control AG ) 11 1
 Australia ( Kent Music Report ) 12 1
 Austria ( Ö3 Austria Top 40 ) 13 1
 Belgium (Flanders Ultratop 50 Singles ) 14 1
 Belgium (Flanders VRT Top 30 ) 15 1
 Canada ( 100 Singles ) 16 1
 Spain ( AFYVE ) 17 1
 United States (Billboard Hot 100) 18 1
 United States (Cash Box) 19 1
 United States (Hot Dance Club Play) 18 1
 United States (Hot Soul Singles) 18 2
 United States (Record World) 20 1
 Europe ( Eurochart Hot 100 ) 20 1
 France ( SNEP ) 21 1
 Ireland ( IRMA ) 22 3
 Israel (Reshet Gimmel) 17 1
 Italy ( FIMI ) 23 5
 Norway ( VG-lista ) 24 1
 New Zealand ( RIANZ ) 25 1
 Netherlands ( Nederlandse Top 40 ) 26 1
 Netherlands ( Single Top 100 ) 27 1
 United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart) 28 2
 Sweden ( Sverigetopplistan ) 29 2
 Switzerland ( Schweizer Hitparade ) 30 1

Annual rankings

Classification (1980) Position
 Australia ( Kent Music Report ) 31 9
 Austria ( Ö3 Austria Top 40 ) 32 4
 Belgium (Flanders Ultratop 50 ) 33 3
 Canada ( Top 100 Singles ) 34 14
 United States (Billboard Hot 100) 35 8
 United States (Cash Box) 36 10
 Italy ( FIMI ) 23 30
 Netherlands ( Nederlandse Top 40 ) 37 5
 Netherlands ( Single Top 100 ) 38 10
 Switzerland ( Schweizer Hitparade ) 39 2

Decennial rankings

Classification (1980-1989) Position
 Austria ( Ö3 Austria Top 40 ) 40 48

Certifications

Country certification Dated Sales
 Germany ( BVMI ) 41  Gold 1980 250,000
 Canada ( CRIA ) 42  2 × Platinum st October 1980 20,000
 United States (RIAA) 43  Platinum July 17, 1980 1,000,000
 France ( SNEP ) 44  Gold 1979 690,000
 United Kingdom (BPI) 45  Money st June 1980 200,000