That’s what happened with “Funkytown.”
Lipps Inc. released the original version of “Funkytown” in 1980 and it spent spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Seven years later, the magic of “Funkytown” hit the ears of listeners yet again with a significantly less interesting and less enduring version by Australian band Pseudo Echo. This little four-piece band gave “Funkytown” a decidedly more rock sound. To our ears, it’s decidedly more lame.
America’s radio listeners obviously disagreed as Pseduo Echo’s version of “Funkytown” hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1987. We blame the popularity of the song on the summer season: kids that spent a good chunk of their time in swimming pools had ears full of water that somehow made “Funkytown” sound much better then than it does now.
You be the judge.
Listen to “Funkytown”