Skafish also begins private teaching, and one of his piano students, Anthony Molinaro, later becomes a world class, well known classical pianist. Anthony’s parents told Skafish that they had unsuccessfully tried a series of new teachers. His parents brought the boy to Skafish when he was a pre-teenager as a final attempt to re-ignite the young boy’s faded interest in music. Within months, Skafish had Molinaro excited and motivated, playing pop, jazz, and classical. A few years later, Molinaro was on his way to music college.
Since the Skafish band is not touring, Skafish himself begins performing in South Chicago with keyboardist Javier Cruz’s group called Life. Skafish takes another leap as an entertainer, becoming more physical and dominant in his presentation. The tough, streetwise audience falls in love, adopting him as their own.
Spring - I.R.S. Records informs Skafish that he can record more “acceptable” material to complete the 2nd LP, or forget the album project entirely. “Acceptable” in this instance means less offensive lyrics and songs that the record company deems “appropriate” for the general public. Skafish is in a difficult position, as he and his band have been starving and flat broke since the band’s inception. With no interest from other record labels, shelving the project means that Skafish and his band are at ground zero. Skafish decides to make an attempt at completing the record with the hopes of something productive resulting. The record company, not wanting to spend any more money, demands that these sessions last only a few days.
Stressed, pressured and hurried, Skafish frantically introduces the 7 to 8 new tracks to the band in the studio, recording almost everything on the first take. Many of the new songs have tremendous potential, but lack of time to complete arrangements leaves many of the tracks sounding “half baked.”
Varying tracks on the record receive airplay worldwide, with songs such as “I Might Move In Next Door,” and “Made Up In The Dark” becoming minor hits in different European countries, while “Wild Night Tonight,” and “Lover In Masquerade” receive noteworthy radio play in Los Angeles. The video to “Wild Night Tonight” is played once on MTV in November 1983, and removed from the channel partially because of a gun shot scene in the clip. Without a performance tour to support the project or any long-range business plan, the record ultimately falls quietly by the wayside. By year’s end, Skafish is quite uncertain of his future as an artist.
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