SKAFISH – self-titled LP (1980)
I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time, and I finally located it last week. Fans of “Urgh! A Music War” will undoubtedly remember Skafish’s bizarre, lurching performance of the awesome “Sign of the Cross”, which comes at the tail end of the film; this album features ten equally strange, compelling tracks.
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.