1989 Press

The interview was as enlightening for me as it would have been for a complete stranger.  I know Jim better now, but it seems that every answer leads to more questions.

- Jeff Mathews – “The Flash and Flamboyance of Jim Skafish” - Indiana University Northwest - April 18, 1989

Some IUN students looked on in disbelief.  Some scratched their heads....

- J. Soos - Skafish Shocks and Rocks IUNers - Indiana University Northwest - May 3, 1989

Jim Skafish, the flamboyant entertainer showcased by the I.U.N. Student Activities Board in the spring of 1989, has just returned from Hollywood.  The event was a celebration of I.R.S. Record's colorful and successful emergence as a power to be reckoned with in the music industry.

A well timed release by I.R.S. on C.D. and cassette is a compilation titled “These People Are Nuts”....

- Jeff Mathews - Entertainment - Indiana University Northwest - October 11, 1989

He’s been called “the ultimate combination of Tiny Tim, Boy George, Yul Brynner and Jimmy Durante.”  You probably could add Mort Sahl and Dorothy Parker.

Because at a recent show at Avalon, 959 W. Belmont Ave., Jim Skafish, the musician / songwriter, plunged into the personal and emerged with a scathing, yet witty and humorous accounting of the universal human condition.

With songs such as “I Survived Catholic School,” “Disgracing the Family Name” or “Dial Love,” a condemnation of those telephone lines, Skafish attacks the realm of relationships with a viciously gleeful gusto.

Appearing in a black ensemble accented with an ancient red kimono, bald head, black eyeliner and an oversized gold headband that depicts his rather prodigious nose, Skafish explodes onstage.

A one-man band who has pre-recorded all of his own tracks, Skafish plays the keyboards or guitar or just sings along while he dances, prances, sweats and kicks.  He jumps into the audience, screaming lyrics right into faces.  He climbs suggestively into one woman’s lap and then later violently swings around a holy-water sprinkler, dousing everyone in sight.

But for all his crazy antics, Skafish does have his serious side.  Sandwiched between “I Might Move In Next Door” and an ode to James Bond is a lively keyboard recital of Mozart’s Rondo a la Turk and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor.

This range has earned him a growing circle of fans....

“...A lot of my songs grew out of childhood, when I felt rejected, persecuted and outcast,”  says Skafish after the show, talking with a manic energy that would have made most other people hyperventilate….

“...But actually I’m glad for my childhood now, because it gave me insights and compassion that I wouldn’t have otherwise….

- Marla Donato – “Not just another pretty face, Jim Skafish tackles life with wicked glee”. - Chicago Tribune - Wednesday, November 8, 1989

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