LETHAL BIZZLE has officially breathed new life into the skank. Ok, so we haven’t been lacking in dance trends, per se, with Afrobeats giving life to the Azonto and the Alkayida; America giving us the Nae Nae and the Bobby Shmurder; and dancehall unleashing new moves faster than you can say Weddy Weddy Wednesday.
There was the Migraine Skank, courtesy of MC Gracious K; Head Shoulders Kneez and Toez from grime trio K. G; and the Tribal Skank, celebrated by UK duo Fr3e. With a video boasting a number of UK stars including Krept & Konan, Chip and Wretch 32, Fester Skank sees a host of characters demonstrating the dance of the same name, which takes its name from Uncle Fester, a character from the hit film, The Addams Family.
The unusual move requires you to put your arms out in front of you – like you would if you were pretending to be a ghost – and then shake the top half of your body, as if you’re shivering.
Ask Bizzle how he’d describe his dance and he says: “Erm…
I would say, ‘Imagine someone put ice cubes down your back.’ If that happened, you would probably move like that automatically!
“I’m not the best dancer, but when I’m really feeling a song, that’s my move.
When I heard the Fester Skank beat, I reacted with that dance.” With legions of fans imitating the move – including pop sensation Robbie Williams, who uploaded a video of himself doing the Fester Skank to You Tube – a new dancing trend was born.
Naturally, Bizzle, who shot to fame as part of grime trio More Fire Crew, is thrilled to have brought some fun back to the grime scene.
“Having social media really gives you an insight into what the people want,” says the east Londoner.
That’s the basics of it.” Reflecting on how the Fester Skank came to be, the MC explains: “It’s just one of my dances that I’ve been doing for ages.