Skafish Demo Tape”
When our first album didn’t profit a dime, the record company stopped being involved with us throughout 1981. Since they wouldn’t finance anything, the band and I just sat frozen. It was especially hard for me to go from being in a whirlwind of activity to sitting in a tiny apartment behind my mother’s house, penniless. Even if the 1980 experiences were turbulent, I was at least doing what I wanted to do, and trying my best. This 3-song session was that “old college try” to hopefully grab the record company’s interest. It didn’t.
"Wild Night Tonight" was the first recording of the piece, which laid the foundation for the final version which ended up being recorded for the 2nd LP, "Conversation." "There’s a World" was a re-recording of the unreleased 1978 version of the same title, while "She Lives For Love" ultimately were re-written and re-recorded, ending up on the 2nd Skafish album.
Night Tonight: In
my opinion, this piece somewhat documents East Chicago Indiana,
Gary Indiana, and South Chicago, three places I had spent a great deal of
my life in. If someone had never been to any of them, this lyric at least
represents a real slice of what life is like there.
There’s A World: It always seemed intimidating when people who could hold part of your future in their hands just dismissed you as though you were a non-entity.
Lives For Love: Some
of the women I knew only wished for the right man to love them.
I saw them mythically, perhaps as mermaids. I wanted them to be
emotionally and romantically fulfilled.