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I WANT MY SKAFISH BOOTLEG Kickstarter Campaign:

Jim Skafish announces a Kickstarter project for the release of the first-ever live Skafish CD set. The recording is a bootleg of a concert performed for Skafish's 21st birthday at Ratso's in Chicago on August 29, 1977.

Skafish's proto-punk, avant-garde performances started shaking up the Chicago music scene in February 1976. By the time of the Ratso's concert, the band had already created a buzz in the local and national media and had developed a devoted underground following. Skafish later went on to tour America and Europe with groups such as The Police, XTC, and Iggy Pop, and was featured in the cult classic film, "Urgh, a Music War!"

The recording features 27 songs, including 15 Skafish compositions that have never been released in any form prior. The planned two CD set will be a numbered, limited edition of only 2000 copies.

According to Skafish, he had no idea that there was a bootleg recording made of the show until he finally got the tapes a few years ago. "What's so exciting about this," says Skafish, "is that I can take my project directly to the people, and let my fans participate in the process."

Fans are encouraged to visit the Kickstarter project page at The campaign lasts through June 24th. The anticipated official release date of the bootleg is on its 35th anniversary, on August 29, 2012. For updates, visit the new Facebook page for the project at

Announcing the new Skafish CD!
What's This? 1976 - 1979

Over thirty years later, take a step back into the future and rediscover the birth of Chicago punk, new wave, alternative, indie and experimental rock featuring:
What's This Cover

  • 11 studio recordings, 9 previously unreleased
  • 5 new commentary tracks by Skafish himself including the historically accurate story of Sid Vicious’ last public event at a Skafish performance in New York
  • A 6 panel digipack with a 36 page booklet featuring liner notes by rock legends Cheap Trick
  • Rare and previously unseen photos
  • Complete lyrics

Experience the music that Cheap Trick says “started it all.”

For more information about the CD and ordering info, visit Skafish What's

August 2007

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October 2006

Skafish has released a jazz recording!
Tidings of Comfort and Joy: A Jazz Piano Trio Christmas
This is his first release in 14 years.
This collection of instrumental jazz contains 13 Christmas classics as you've never heard them before.
You can listen to sound samples at
The site has links to buy the CD as well a mailing list specifically for Skafish jazz releases.

Tidings of Comfort and Joy is released on Skafish's own label, La Befana Records.
You can visit La Befana Records on the web at

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Skafish WBEZ Interview

Chicago's WBEZ Radio (91.5FM) will broadcast Steve Edwards'
interview with Skafish on the Eight-Forty-Eight program.

Skafish discusses his new jazz CD, his history as a performer and plays piano live during the interview.

Eight-Forty-Eight airs at 9am CST on Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
and can also be listened to via the internet at

The show is archived in the station's online Audio library here. (It is the last segment)