Over the years, people have asked me repeatedly why the first Skafish album wasn’t available. It has even gone to the point that I have received negative online reviews for other records I’ve released, simply because those records were NOT the first Skafish album. Some even took it as far as claiming that I was blocking the re-release of my debut LP, and accused me of being ashamed of it. Of course, those assertions are beyond ludicrous, to say the least. I love the first Skafish album and all that it stands for!
I’ve never tried to dodge the issue about the first album, but I refused to be specific — and that was solely because of ongoing legal issues I couldn’t discuss at the time.
However, I now have some news to report. Things are settled enough for me to let you know that I have finally gained complete legal ownership of my first album. Trust me when I tell you that my efforts to get this done have not only been painstakingly difficult for decades, but quite expensive as well.
From the questions and comments I frequently receive, it seems that many of you would be highly interested in this album being re-released. So, I will start working on it. My intention is to see what I can do to get this wonderful record out there for all the fans who have loved it for 35 years. I still get emails from people who have just discovered the album. That also leads me to believe that the music will connect with people hearing it for the first time today. As soon as I have more to share, you will be hearing from me!
I am excited to announce the opening of my Bandcamp online store. You can now buy digital downloads, CDs, collectible and autographed items directly from me. And this is only the start – I will be adding more items soon, including additional collectibles!
There are several reasons I chose to open my online store with Bandcamp. Not only are they artist friendly, it’s one of the few sites that make it easy for you to pay the artist directly. They also allow fans to choose to pay more to support the artist they love.
Lossless formats are available and you can get unlimited streaming access via the free Bandcamp app for Android, iOS and Sonos, as well as an optional high-quality download.
#TBT: In July, 1977, I needed to have emergency knee surgery due to a dancing accident that caused a bone chip in my knee. Around 4 weeks later, I was back on stage performing my 21st birthday party concert. Check out the video that talks about the insanity of that time.
I am thrilled this compilation finally was able to be born! Featuring the first underground/punk/new wave/alternative/indie recordings by a Chicago artist (dating back to 8/76), liner notes by rock legends Cheap Trick, and so much more, this is a timeless document of the multidimensional rebellion that has always been Skafish. Enjoy!