Jeff Ward

Drums (1987-1988)

  • Performed drums on “Limited Series Cassette”
    (Recorded in 1987 & 1988-Released in June 1988)

Jeff Ward met Skafish in 1987, a few months prior to playing for Skafish on “Limited Series Cassette.”  Jeff contributed drums on two tracks, the hooky-poppish “Where Is James Bond? (When You Really Need Him)” and a rocker called “Who’s Afraid of the Dark?” which featured a 4-piece jazzy horn section.  Ward’s energy level on the sessions was powerful, helping to catapult the tracks to a higher level. 

Before and after the sessions, Skafish and Jeff had discussed the possibility of working together in a new Skafish band, and the two had even jammed with various musicians, but the idea never came to fruition.  Instead, Jeff went on to play for such groups as Lard, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Nine Inch Nails, finishing his career with Low Pop Suicide.

Skafish and Ward had last spoke by telephone while he was still working with the group Lard.  A few years later on March 19, 1993, Jeff Ward, age 30, was found dead at his home in Chicago, where it was believed that the he committed suicide largely based on an on-going heroin addiction.