Skafish – Disgracing The Family Name// Work Song(Illegal Records) 1979. Do you know a lot about Jim Skafish? I didn’t either. I saw him in Urgh! A Music War many years ago. He’s towards the end and he does the song Sign of the Cross. I remember he had a minor college radio hit in 1983 called Wild Night Tonight that was really cool. I could tell from the limited exposure that I had to the guy that he was definitely unique. As his website states Skafish had a, “a huge hook nose, meaty 6 foot 3 frame, and the suggestion of breasts that was underscored and emphasized by degradingly gender-bending clothing”.
His music on the site is described as atonal and that may be the case but these two early tracks are pretty punky. Both sides of this 45 are amazingly cool in that head bopping, put a big stoopid smile on your face way. They are instantly catchy, quirky and offbeat. The cover is great too. Jim Skafish looks like a circus freak from the 1920s on it. Comparisons to early Suburban Lawns and Devo are apt I think.