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Chicago Punk/Indie pioneer Skafish has a 1977 bootleg of his 21st birthday concert in Chicago and he wants you to hear it!

Check out this new video where Skafish talks about his legendary return to the stage 21st birthday concert on August 29, 1977 at Ratso's in Chicago, and the secret bootleg recording that was made that night -- one that Skafish never knew even existed until recent years.

The Project

On August 29, 1977, my band and I performed a concert for my 21st birthday at Ratso’s in Chicago. To my surprise, I unexpectedly came across a bootleg recording of the show, and now, I want to release this concert on CD.

There’s enough music here to make a two CD package. That’s close to 88 minutes of music, and would include new commentary tracks as well. This concert featured 27 songs, and 15 were original Skafish compositions that have never before been released.

The performance includes many early (and sometimes) the very first versions of Skafish classics, featuring: Joan Fan Club, Sign Of The Cross, Maybe One Time, and I Might Move In Next Door. It also includes many never before released Skafish compositions, such as: Let’s Play Doctor, Home Invader, We’ll See (The Chicago Cubs Baseball Game,) and I Missed The Prom Last Night. Many of these songs have not been heard since the early days. This project will be a collectible, numbered, limited edition of no more than 2 thousand CDs.

A Slice of History

This is a bootleg quality recording, and comparable to other official bootlegs that have been released in the marketplace. The music incorporates many styles, and is for the person who likes underground rock music that is really “out there.” Most of the songs were written and first performed throughout Chicagoland in 1976. These songs (along with the music from my CD “What’s This? 1976-1979”), gave birth to the Chicago punk, new wave, and underground scene.

Where does your money go?

Your money would be used to complete the mastering process, design the artwork, manufacture the CDs and new T-shirts, as well as recording and filming the new commentary tracks. The commentary tracks will be included in the CD package, and the film will be used to promote the project in various clips to be viewed online. Once again, keep in mind that this project will be a collectible, numbered, limited edition of no more than 2 thousand CDs.

It has always been unique individuals who have supported me, and I tried to offer a range of levels of financial support so everyone who is interested can participate in this project. All your contributions are deeply appreciated.

What you get

In return for your financial support, I am happy to offer some fantastic rewards. Many of the rewards of this project are first-time limited-edition pieces. There have never been any official Skafish Ringtones (believe it or not), and I am truly excited to bring them to you!

Stretch Goals

If we exceed more than we need to fund the project, I’m already thinking of some exciting stretch goals to reward everyone’s generosity. 

Audio Samples

Here are five sound samples from the bootleg of songs which have never been released in any form:

Here are five more sound samples of songs which are early versions of Skafish underground classics:

“I WANT MY SKAFISH BOOTLEG!”

On March 9, 2012, I asked my fans if they wanted me to release this audio bootleg, and I told them that if they were interested, send me a video saying "I WANT MY SKAFISH BOOTLEG!" Check out the clip of everyone's responses from around the world, along with two audio samples from the bootleg concert:


With gratitude…Thanks for considering my project. I deeply appreciate your generosity and support!

FAQ

  • I just got an email from someone asking me what would happen if the entire funding goal of $15,000 wasn't reched for hits project. With Kickstarter, it's all or nothing. If we don't reach our complete funding goal, then the projecxt is not funded and then, people's pledges are not accepted.

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  • I just got an email from someone who really wants my 21st bootleg birthday concert to be released, but he was wondering why it would cost as much as $15,000 to manufacture just two thousand CDs? That’s a fair question, so I thought I would let all of you know where the money would go.

    These are all the things that your money would pay for, and let me assure you that I put a lot of thought into the amount I’m asking for, did the math over and over again, and $15, 000 just covers all of the expenses.

    Here is a list of everything that the money would pay for:
    • Manufacturing the two CD set with digipack
    • Studio cost of recording new commentary tracks to be included in the CD package
    • Filming the recording of the new commentary tracks to be posted online in videos
    • Mastering the music
    • Licensing costs for the cover song which is in the concert, the Bobby Darin classic, Splish Splash
    • Domestic shipping costs for the rewards (I added some extra cost for international shipping, because it is quite high)
    • The materials needed to ship them properly (Envelopes, labels and packaging materials)
    • Photo licenses for the project
    • Designing the artwork for the CD packaging
    • Manufacturing high quality T-shirts (individually bagged) that are part of the Kickstartrer rewards
    • Kickstarter and Amazon payment fees (These amount to 8-10% of the project funding, which is about $1500)

    If somebody doesn’t feel that this is the right project for them to back, then of course, they shouldn’t get involved. This is certainly not an attempt for me to make a profit off of your backs, disguised as the cost of getting a project out there. I just wanted to clarify what the situation really was and where the money would go. I care deeply about this project, but it has to be able to pay for itself.

    Again, your support would be greatly appreciated -- Skafish

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