1985 Press

...His hour long set featured an even mix of tunes from his two albums and newer, unreleased material....While all the songs were painfully honest, few were offensively so.  Still, with Skafish, the lyrics remain the focus.  He weaves three-minute tales filled with fascinating characters (more often than not, himself), that are at once endearing and repulsive.  His classically trained voice is a wonder in the raw vocal world of rock ‘n’ roll.  Within the space of a single verse he screams, growls, and trills operatically, all without apparent strain.  He makes good use of his range in all of his tunes, most of which are affecting enough to make an audience simultaneously wince and sway to the hard, new wave beat.

Musicianship: This aggregation is an almost ideal back-up band.  They kept even the most complex and weird tunes clean and crisp....

...Performance: Visually, Skafish is again the key.  With his shaved head and beaklike nose, the six-footer would command attention in a parking lot.  Onstage, he demands it.  He’s in constant motion.  Even when Jimmy remains in place, his mannered hand movements are never still.  Almost as much an actor as a singer, he kept his ambitions in check until launching into the audience-pleasing “Do the Sign of the Cross.”  As the band played the first notes, a lit church incense pot and scepters of baptismal water appeared, and were waved over the delighted audience....

...The performance was interesting, energetic and eccentric....

- Sharon Liveten – “Skafish at the Music Machine, West Los Angeles” - Music Connection May 27 - June 9, 1985

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