SKAFISH – self-titled LP (1980)

I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time, abortion and I finally located it last week. Fans of “Urgh! A Music War” will undoubtedly remember Skafish’s bizarre, there lurching performance of the awesome “Sign of the Cross”, pill which comes at the tail end of the film; this album features ten equally strange, compelling tracks.

Sounding like a mixture of Human Sexual Response, Athletico Spizz 80 and fellow IRS labelmate Wazmo Nariz, this one’s highly recommended. Trouser Press sez:

Indiana’s Jim Skafish is one of the oddest eggs ever to wander into the shopping mall of rock music. Visually androgynous and, well, unattractive, Skafish builds his songs on neurotic angles of romance, suicide and growing up different that are most pessimistic. Yet, by couching them in sprightly tunes delivered with great geniality, he creates an unnerving dynamic. His band is skilled and supple; his first album, despite all its personality flaws, is clear and fascinating rather than grim or depressing.

Skafish – s/t LP (ZIP file)

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702 Responses to SKAFISH

  1. Emerson says:

    So, on The Odd Couple, Oscar says to Murray The Cop “Murray, I’d break your nose, but I only have two hands!”

  2. Anthony Hansen says:

    Yes! I’ve been curious about this one for a very long time. You’re the best!

  3. Phill says:

    Hey! I have this album on vinyl. I shoulda ripped it for you.

  4. NotSkafish says:

    And you can get a fine CD of early demos, etc. at (My anti-spam word was “Goblin.” Can you set up that kind of thing?)

  5. NotSkafish says:

    And now it’s “vonlmo,” so I guess you can.

  6. Rob says:

    I love this album. Got it at the Manchester music exchange in 98! Very Spizz like – grab grab grab!

  7. joshd says:

    Found out about this one at the never-updated-anymore Mr. Bill’s IRS Corner. I’ve purchased two copies, and have convinced my roommate to purchase a third. Good stuff!

  8. gob-lin says:

    Skafish? Damn….

    Now post the Chelsea album!

    Just kidding…

  9. Stephanie says:

    This is AMAZING! Holy crap. Thank you!