June - “Limited Series Cassette,” a five-song work, is
released locally. It is a numbered
pressing of 10,000 copies only. A
3-piece group called Nadima provides the backing vocals on 2 tracks.
Two members of Nadima go on to sing back up for Aretha Franklin.
A four-piece horn section plays on one track, featuring well-known jazz
trumpeter Orbert Davis and saxophonist Steve Eisen.
Eisen had been featured on LP’s by Styx, and Dennis DeYoung. Drummer Jeff Ward, who performs on 2 tracks, later is a part
of several noteworthy acts, including Lard, Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails.
jacket & headband
Photo by Jeff Mathews
|The project showcases Skafish’s skills as a
multi-instrumentalist and producer as heard in the tracks “Telepathy” and
“Where Is James Bond? (When You Really Need Him).” “Telepathy,” an
orchestral-sounding 48-track piece, blends danceable/ pop/ Latin flavors with jazz
fusion/classical highlights. “Where
Is James Bond? (When You Really Need Him)” - written from start to finish in 45
minutes, is an instantly memorable fun parody upon first listen, and becomes one
of Skafish’s most memorable pieces of the solo show era.
|45-RPM jacket with
Photo by Ken Coffey
||Throughout the year Skafish's solo show continues to evolve.
Skafish, still retaining the sensibilities of his past, also blends
unlikely styles such as progressive jazz tonalities/improvisation with house
and/or punk, creating several new hybrids. Costuming and make-up are more
flamboyant than ever, often expressing complete androgyny.
Costuming includes a one hundred year old hand embroidered, floor length
flowered robe given to him by a fan. Skafish
creates the design of a knee length, red iridescent jacket featuring hand
created oriental lettering, accented by a gold head band embroidered with his
On the less androgynous
side, Skafish’s seamstress sews a huge oversized lavender 1940’s style suit
jacket, featuring a print of old 45-RPM records, which he wears with a series of
unusual hats. Skafish deliberately presents
a visual extreme, seemingly inappropriate and out of place, in caricatured
contrast to the colorless, drab venues he often plays in.
Other than a small fanatical following, most audiences
are not even aware of who Skafish is, and certainly don’t expect such a
spectacle. Skafish often performs
for those who repeatedly ridicule, ignore, mock, and attempt to do bodily harm
to Next Year
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