1990

Skafish with incense burner in priest costume
Performing "Sign of the Cross"

The solo show begins to reach its artistic culmination.  Skafish’s sets now always include highly technical piano works by composers such as Chopin and Mozart.  He pioneers his own new piano style blending European classical virtuosity, new age, 20th century avant-garde, and jazz improvisation.  This new sound is displayed in the solo show piano pieces, “Carnival Of Souls,” and “Awakening.”  His guitar playing is now also a featured part of the show.  More and more props are being used, and often the pieces are conceived equally as visual/words/music, leaving each piece as a mini theatrical production. 

His repertoire is enormous by now, allowing him to vary the material more and more—this is essential, as he frequently plays the same locale.  Skafish’s keen and unique sense of social satire becomes a frequent conceptual/lyrical theme.

 

August - The popular television show “Wild Chicago” takes notice of Skafish and tapes his performance at Avalon, a room that Skafish works many times over the years during his solo show era.  Avalon is one of the few viable rooms in Chicago that is willing to book Skafish on an extended, repeated basis, allowing him to share the bill with many up and coming local acts such as Stabbing Westward.

Skafish and Tiny with Joan Fan Club underwear
Tiny and Skafish with "Joan Fan Club" underwear
The “Wild Chicago” taping also includes a live interview segment featuring Skafish, and his biggest, most fanatical fan, Tiny.  Tiny has devoted the last several years to attending every possible Skafish show he can.  He also collects any Skafish memorabilia he can find and creates his own  pieces, such as an oversized pair of underwear designed for the character Joan in the song "Joan Fan Club."  Ultimately, Tiny turns his home from floor to ceiling into a virtual Skafish museum.  Tiny displays various Skafish museum pieces during the “Wild Chicago” interview segment. 

October - The “Wild Chicago” segment on Skafish entitled “Living Legend,” airs.  It features fragments of live performance, including the satirical “Honey, I Have A Headache,” where the performer mocks male/female sexual role play, using an oversized one side male, one side female mask.  The television segment is fast paced and entertaining, re-airing a handful of times in the future.

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