One Hit Wonders: Lipps Inc. and Pseudo Echo

Who would have guessed “Funkytown” would have given not one but two bands their claim to fame? The song holds a music rarity in that it gives one-hit wonder status to two separate bands. The song was originally performed by Lipps, Inc. and written by Steven Greenberg. It it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Dance charts in 1980, making it an ultimate one-hit.

Six years later the Australian band Pseudo Echo performed a remake of the song giving it more guitar and less electronica. It reached No. 1 in Australia and peaked at No. 6 in the United States. The song also featured on the soundtrack album to “Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.”

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