Ever since Lipps Inc. released the song “Funkytown” in 1980, philosophers, Disco Historians, and groovemeisters have been searching for the location of the mythical town. It couldn't be Minneapolis, the city where the song was recorded, because the song clearly indicates the seeker of funk “Gotta make a move to a town that's right for me,” and later repeats the mantra “Gotta move on, gotta move on.” Besides Minneapolis, though a nice city, is colder the the frosted edges of Eskimo hell in winter -- tough to groove when you're frozen solid.
Some postulate Funkytown never existed, but rather is a state of mind, but then why move? Others believe Funkytown was the East side of Atlantis, and slid beneath the waves long ago. Unfortunately Disco died before the exact location could be found. The song gives no clues, only that the the singer wished to go where he/she could move and groove with some energy. Three Mile Island had energy, but wasn't a groovy place to go, Russia was still the commie infested land of no fun of any kind, so those locations are out. Washington DC is full of oily politicians (hard to believe a pack of tax fed hyenas can get their groove on), down South they only have both kinds of music, Country and Western so that's out.
Funkologists have started a dig outside Detroit, and after making it past a layer of rusted out hubcaps, discarded medical supplies, sand spent balloons of coke have found some promising evidence that the Motor City might have been the seat of Funkytown. Several deteriorated record labels were unearthed that indicate that there was some funk going on. The only completely readable label was entitled “Super Freak.” In a way it makes sense as the city was the center for Motown, another music phenomena that has survived long after Disco was relegated to You Tube. An interesting find, but hardly concrete proof that anyone was moving and grooving.
The search continues, even though video has killed the radio star, there is hope in the hearts of the funky and town less that they will soon find the legendary town. Until then they'll keep movin' on...