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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, September 6 2019 9:27 PM UTC +00:00.

About

A Little Bit About Me                                             

Welcome! If you’re not familiar with me, my name is Skafish (pronounced Skay, not Skah). I am here to talk to you about supporting the reissue of my 1980 debut album with the bonus track Sink or Swim.

I broke punk in Chicago in February 1976. I have been acknowledged as Chicago's punk, new wave, alternative and indie Godfather, and I was the first Chicago artist to take these genres to the international stage. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick attended many of my earliest shows. Here’s what they said about those days: “Unpredictable, over the top with life or death conviction and reckless abandon, Skafish created punk, new wave, and alternative rock in Chicago.”

I have performed/toured with such artists as the Ramones, Iggy Pop, the Police, XTC, UB-40, U-2, the Stranglers, and the Cramps, to name a few. I was featured in the international punk, post punk, new wave, and alternative concert film Urgh! A Music War, with such artists as Devo, and Joan Jett. Sid Vicious’ last public event was a violent brawl that he solely caused at my concert in December 1978 at Hurrah in New York. 


1st Album Backstory                                                                                                 

IRS Records CEO Miles Copeland has stated that I was the first American artist and second worldwide to ever be signed to the now legendary label. After recording my debut album in the summer of 1979 in Chicago, it was released on May 7, 1980. 

The album featured songs that I composed between 1975 to 1979, and covered a wide range of topics, many of which no one virtually wrote about back then. 

The music on the record contained multiple genres, styles and elements that seldom went together back then or today. 

The vocal arrangements were often complex and challenging to execute. Former MTV news host and writer Kurt Loder wrote that my vocal arrangements “rivaled the complexity of the Beach Boys.”

As hard as it was for me to bear as an artist, the record company refused to do a second vinyl pressing, release the album on CD, put it into a digital format, or keep it in print at all. So, the album sat in limbo for over three decades. Whether you’re a fellow artist or not, I’m sure you can imagine how frustrating it was to have the album my band and I put so much effort into not be available.

Even though the record company didn’t bother to keep the album in print, they also refused to let me have it back, either. So, I took it upon myself to secure the rights. After years and decades of effort, I was finally able to legally get the rights back to the album.

This will be the first time the album has ever been available digitally and on CD.


The Re-Mastering Process                                                                                    

Before the record could be re-released, it needed to be re-mastered. This was an extremely meticulous process that involved working on the album every day for 9 months straight.

Mastering engineer Trevor Sadler, who has mastered records for such artists as Madonna, Nine Inch Nails and Ramsey Lewis, understood how detailed and complex  of a process this was going to be. He and I set out to achieve two things. The first was to keep the artistic vision of the record unaltered, and the second was to improve the quality of the sound as much as we possibly could while staying true to the original aesthetics of the album. In short, it is the same record; it just sounds a lot better.


Track Titles:

 1-INTRODUCTION (.33)

2-JOAN FAN CLUB (3:29)

3-MAYBE ONE TIME (2:54)

4-OBSESSIONS OF YOU (2:56)

5-WE’LL SEE A PSYCHIATRIST (3:29)

6-ROMANTIC LESSONS (3:39)

7-SINK OR SWIM (Bonus Track) (3:57)

8-WORK SONG (3:47)

9-GUARDIAN ANGEL (4:16)

10-DISGRACING THE FAMILY NAME (3:33)

11-NO LIBERATION HERE (4:49)

12-TAKE IT OUT ON YOU (3:16)

All compositions written from 1975-1979 by Skafish

TOTAL TIME: 40:45


Rewards

I would like to share some information with you about the rewards being offered.

The digital album will be in a lossless WAV format, in order to provide the highest quality of sound.

The CD will be a six-panel digipack with a 16 page lyrics/credit booklet. The lyrics will be more complete then they were on the 1980 release, featuring every word both sung and spoken. The artwork for the CD incorporates and builds upon the original album’s artwork. The cover image and band pictures have been rescanned, restored, and brought into a high resolution format.

The T-shirts will feature the image of the album cover. The shirts are Gildan 5000 Heavy 100% preshrunk cotton. Sizes available are S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL. 

The posters are full color and 11"x17" in size.  

The stickers and postcards included in the super fan pack have the image of the CD cover.

Regarding the super fan pack Skype session (audio or video), you and I will be able to chat (in English) for 15 minutes. You must have Skype to take advantage of this reward.  International Skype callers are welcome!  That should be a lot of fun.


What About Vinyl?                                                                                                   

When I created a survey to ask my fans what formats they wanted, they overwhelmingly responded that they wanted the record re-released on CD and in a digital format. So that's what I'm going to do now. However, I intend on offering a vinyl reissue for the record’s 40th anniversary in 2020.


My Qualifications And Experience                                                                                

I want to assure you that I have all of the qualifications and experience necessary to run this project. I have run several completed album projects from beginning to end for many years. I take my role of overseeing and navigating this or any project seriously, and I will do my best to pay attention to every detail and achieve the highest level of quality possible for you. That includes getting your rewards to you on time, and doing my best to make sure that everything is delivered to you correctly.


Low Risk Funding                                                                                                           

I am only asking for a small amount of funding in order to assist with the start-up costs of manufacturing the record and the other rewards. My intention was not to try to make a profit on this campaign, but simply to be able to get the album back into the hands of the old fans as well as new ones who may discover this record now.


Feeling Grateful                                                                                                             

I have to take a minute to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has contributed to helping me get this record back out there. That includes all of the fans who generously paid for the record to be remastered, those who contributed to funding the re-release of the album before it was a bonafide project, and to everyone here who is willing to offer their support to contribute to making this happen. I don't take any support I receive lightly. I realize that it is a gift and I approach it with sincere appreciation and humility.

Throughout the complex story of my debut album, I wasn’t sure that the record would ever be available again. But now, it has come full circle, and I am filled with excitement, joy, and gratitude. I am beyond thrilled to be able to get this record out there for you again. It means the world to me and I hope it will connect with you in the same way. Let’s get this done!

Thanks much for your support,

Skafish

Video filmed and edited by Guy Rhodes

Risks and challenges

The risks associated with this project are very low. Because I have experience creating album projects, all of the prep work has been completed in advance. I am working with an experienced team that I have worked with in the past and, barring any unforeseen disasters, I anticipate no problems with rewards delivery.

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