January – The Skafish band experiences a line-up
revision, with Greg Sarchet, Mark and Karen Winner leaving the project, while
Larry Mazalan switches from guitar to bass.
February - Drummer Larry Mysliwiec brings in guitarist Ken Bronowski, and Javier
Cruz joins on synthesizer and keyboards.
Barbie Goodrich and Gayle Crowder are added as backing vocalists.
Miles Copeland, the only record company
president who “gets it,” offers Skafish a contract with I.R.S. Records
Summer - The debut LP is recorded in Chicago. With
Skafish producing, and left completely to his own devices by the record company,
the sessions produce a deliberately eclectic and contradictory variety of pieces
that had been a part of the live Skafish show since 1976.
The concept for the LP and it’s cover are simple: to musically
represent as many diverse aspects of the Skafish statement as possible in an
honest fashion, while shooting a simple cover photo of Skafish and his band
|With the newly revised band line-up, the Skafish sound
is more multi layered and orchestral than ever. Synthesizers
add a tremendously
evocative, almost visual dimension to the music by enhancing the “voice” of
the composition, while foreshadowing the wailing techno synths of the 1990’s.
Vocal arrangements are more complex than ever, adding a surreal
flair to the project. As the
recording sessions evolve, the project begins to take on the form of a demented
play-minus a linear story line.
August - At Chicagofest, Skafish is canned offstage
while opening for The Scorpions. Shortly
after the Chicagofest performance, Gayle Crowder leaves the group.
|On tour with Iggy
Photo by Paul Natkin
- The 1st single is released in England.
It is the 1978 recording of “Disgracing The Family Name,” which was
recorded by Chicago’s WXRT Radio in Skafish’s basement. The U.K. and
American press response to the record is extremely favorable and playfully
cynical, obsessing over the size of his nose.
In its time, the single becomes the largest selling import of Chicago’s
Wax Trax records.
The band tours several Midwestern states opening
for Iggy Pop with Skafish and Iggy bonding immediately. In Chicago, blues legend Muddy Waters invites Skafish to join
him on stage and jam with him and his group on keyboards.
As a Christmas promotion, the cover for the "Disgracing" single
is made into a puzzle.
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