Funk Fridays: Finis Henderson – Skip To My Lou

Finis Henderson, Funk Friday, Motown

Yes, it’s been a while since the last Funk Friday, but I’m back like high-top fades.

Back in the 80’s, when Motown was just a sinking ship and still clinging on to past glories of the 60’s and early 70’s, they took a gamble and signed an upcoming singer/comedian (yes, that’s right – bear with me) who went by the name, Finis Henderson. He released an album, imaginatively titled Finis with a camp 80’s cover of the main man looking like a cross between Raw-era Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ pose.

The most successful single was ‘Skip To My Loo’. This was an obscure hit but has managed to become a cult classic and randomly, a staple at many a Nigerian party that I’ve been to. The falsetto chorus may be a little cheesy but the overall funkiness and authentic 80’s feel render this an underrated classic. Finis has found success through comedy shows and cruise ships but for a (very) brief moment in the 80’s, he had the funk. Salute.