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“In the Hospital” (Video Commentary Track 3 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

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“In the Hospital” is the third video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the new Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album. In this clip, I discuss injuring my knee in a dancing accident, the immediate surgery I needed to have, my hospital stay and the two songs I wrote while being there.

If you want to be notified first when each of the remaining clips will be posted over the next several days, subscribe to my You Tube channel by clicking here.

As you may already know, the digital release of the bootleg is available for download. Just go to http://www.skafishbootleg.com/ where you will find a link to listen to the entire album (complete tracks), read the lyrics, watch the commentary videos from the project and other Skafish videos, and choose your buying options. I was able to get the bootleg priced as low as $6.99 for the entire album (which is over 2 hours and 13 minutes long) on iTunes, CDbaby, and Facebook. It’s great to know that the bootleg is able to be shared with all of you thirty-five years from the day of the original concert.

I hope you enjoy this video and the bootleg! Please spread the word,
Skafish

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Finally, BOOTLEG 21-35 is available!

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Today, 35 years from the day of the original concert, the first ever live Skafish concert is now available digitally. There are many exciting things that I wish to share with you about the project, so here we go:

First, you can find everything you need regarding the bootleg at the website http://www.skafishbootleg.com/ In the spirit of a DYI fanzine, Glinda Harrison and I launched the site today, because I wanted all of you to have a place to go for all things BOOTLEG 21-35. As time goes on, the website will be expanding.

For now, here’s what you’ll find there:

A link to listen to the entire album (complete tracks)

Read all of the lyrics, and discover the band personnel for each track

Watch the commentary videos from the project along with other Skafish videos

Choose your buying options from iTunes, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and Facebook

Regarding pricing, I know how hard it can be for any of us out there, so I set it up for you to be able to download the entire bootleg, which is over 2 hours and 13 minutes long, for $6.99 from iTunes, CDBaby.com, and Facebook. Individual downloads are selling on those sites for .69 cents per track. This way, the double-length digital album should be affordable to anyone who wishes to own it.

FYI, Amazon.com sets their own prices, and at this point, they are selling the entire album for $8.99, which is still reasonable for a double-length digital recording. At the bottom of the Amazon page, there is a link whereby you can let them know about the bootleg being sold elsewhere for a lower price. Feel free to report that to Amazon.

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Also, join my mailing list by clicking here, so you will receive any and all the news first regarding Skafish.

From the original concert the day I turned 21, to the utter surprise of receiving a copy of the tapes in late 2008, to getting all of the technical stuff in order, I am thrilled to be able to share such a milestone, not only of my personal experience, but of the groundbreaking, limits-shattering, and innovative art my band and I brought into cultural consciousness. It was a time then, and it still stands the test of time here and now!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing it with me!

Skafish

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“Roll the Tapes” (Video Commentary Track 2 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

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Feel free to check out “Roll the Tapes,” the second video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the new Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album. In this clip, I discuss the various technical issues and challenges involved in getting the bootleg prepared to be released, as well as sharing behind-the-scenes anecdotal stories that came into play with the project.

If you want to be notified first when each of the remaining clips will be posted over the next several days, subscribe to my You Tube channel by clicking here.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and other digital outlets. It’s great to know that thirty-five years later, the bootleg can now be shared with all of you.

I hope you enjoy its spirit, and please spread the word,
Skafish

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“Is There a Bootleg Out There?” (Video Commentary Track 1 from BOOTLEG 21-35)

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I would love for you to check out the brand new video, “Is There a Bootleg Out There?” It is the premiere clip in a series of nine videos (including the complete version), which tell the story of the new Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever live official Skafish bootleg. In this clip, I discuss how the bootleg (which I was completely unaware of till late 2008), came into being, and the process of my decision to ultimately release it.

If you want to be notified first when each of the other clips will be posted over the next several days, subscribe to my You Tube channel by clicking here.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit www.skafishbootleg.com. I am truly thrilled that the bootleg is finally in your hands, thirty-five years from the day of the original concert.

Please spread the word,

Skafish

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Preview the Bootleg Album Cover, Title, and Sound Samples of all 29 Tracks

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As many of you may already know, the live bootleg will be digitally released on August 29, 2012, thirty-five years to the day of the original concert at Ratso’s in Chicago.

If you would like to preview the album cover, discover the title, and listen to sound samples of all 29 tracks, you can so do on Amazon.com by clicking here.

The length of the entire project is over 2 hours and 13 minutes long, but it will be priced as a single album in order to keep the cost down for you.

I would love for you to be among the first to check it out and get more acquainted with this groundbreaking and daring artistic moment in time! Please let me know what you think so far.

Skafish

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Film of Skafish on Music Underdogs-WJOB Radio, 6/10/2012

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Check out the film of my Sunday, June 10, 2012 radio interview on WJOB’s Music Underdogs. The show was hosted by Rick Kubic, Kat Marlow, and Larry “The K” Keilman in Hammond, Indiana.

That night, we talked about the possible release of my 21st birthday bootleg concert performance from August 29, 1977 at Ratso’s in Chicago, and the Kickstarter campaign to fund the project. I also got the chance to premiere many never-before-released tracks from the bootleg, and take phone calls from the audience.

We discussed my history, origins as a musician, and my career as an international artist, where I’ve had the true honor of performing and touring alongside such greats as The Police, Iggy Pop, Ramones, Cramps, Scorpions, Sha Na Na, U-2, UB-40, English Beat, XTC, Squeeze, The Stranglers, Ultravox, Dead Boys, Lemonheads, and others. On a more local level, we discussed the history and origins of the Chicago punk, new wave, and alternative scene, which I’ve been credited with starting back in February 1976.

The film, which was done by Guy Rhodes, is 1 hour and 36 minutes long.

Enjoy! – Skafish

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Skafish Bootleg: The Final Decision

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First, I want to thank everyone who sent me emails and left comments regarding the Kickstarter project not reaching its funding goal. Your well-wishes and words of encouragement are greatly appreciated. As I said in my last post on June 24, 2012, you wouldn’t hear from me for a while, because I needed to take a break and regroup. Then, I would make my final decision regarding whether the bootleg was going to be released or not.

After looking at all the options, sorting through everything that has happened, and deciding what the bottom line is, I have made my decision: I am going to release the bootleg in a digital-only format. The release date of the project will be August 29, 2012, which is its 35th anniversary to the day. (The album will also include 8 brand new commentary tracks that I recently recorded.) For all of you who are interested in the project, please sign up for my free mailing list at http://www.skafish.com/guestbook.htm and you will be notified first of any and all developments.

I ultimately made the decision to move forward with the bootleg project because I feel that this concert is simply far too valuable of a work to not share it with my fans, and with those who like genre-defining and genre-defying underground rock. The performance of my band is flawless, as it always was, and filled with both cathartic angst and primal intensity from beginning to end. Add in the reverent audience reaction, and this was a night that deserves to be celebrated forever. For me personally, it represents the milestones of turning 21 (the day of the original concert), and now, being able to release it on my birthday 35 years later.

As I said before, this will be the first-ever live Skafish album, and it will feature 27 songs, including 15 original Skafish compositions that have never been released in any form prior. Also, the record will have my first release of a cover song, which is the legendary Bobby Darin classic, “Splish Splash.” The 8 new commentary tracks that are included will tell the historical back-story of that time period, the songs, the project, and how it all came together.

Depending on what level of interest the bootleg garners, I will possibly consider releasing it in physical formats in the future. That could include limited edition vinyl releases, as well as a CD package. We’ll see what happens.

Through the process, I have taken inspiration from this quote by Winston Churchill: “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” What keeps the bootleg alive is my continued enthusiasm and passionate commitment to its phenomenal performance, its message, and the revolutionary spirit of its origin. I’m looking forward to this recording finally coming out from the shadows and into the light for everyone to hear and share. I hope that all of you enjoy experiencing this record as much as I do. It is music at its very bravest. — Skafish

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Bootleg project not funded/what’s next?

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I just wanted to let everyone know that the project to fund my historic 1977 bootleg concert to celebrate my 21st birthday at Ratso’s in Chicago was not funded. To all of you who pledged, that means that you won’t be charged anything.

First, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who pledged to the project. The fact that many of you contributed your money to funding the bootleg means a lot to me. Also, to those of you who wanted to pledge to the project, but just didn’t have the money, I appreciate your intentions and well-wishes. I completely get how hard it is out there for many of us to just survive. I know it, because I have lived through debilitating poverty at different points in my own journey.

Since every Skafish record that has ever been released since the 1970’s has yet to financially break even (yet alone make a profit), I thought it would be great if the bootleg project could at least, pay for itself. That, along with my desire to give my fans the chance to participate in the process, were the reasons for the Kickstarter campaign. I have been, and continue to be passionately committed to my art, but it’s hard always going into serious debt with each project.

Of course, I feel the disappointment of the project not getting funded, but I am also grateful for all I’ve learned. I’ve always believed in taking chances and trying new things that could invigorate the process of all I do.

At this time, I need to take a break, regroup, go through whatever emotions are there, and ultimately, decide if the bootleg project can be salvaged on any level. So you won’t hear from me for a while, but when things are clear to me and I know in my heart the right thing to do, I will let everyone know. Till then, thanks again for your support and for sharing this experience with me! — Skafish

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Only 1 week left to go for Kickstarter bootleg project!

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I’ve been trying to keep everyone updated as to how the “I WANT MY SKAFISH BOOTLEG!” project is going. So I thought you might be interested in this brand new behind the scenes video where I discuss the making of the bootleg, its history, and the Kickstarter project to fund its release. I think you’ll really enjoy this new video clip which was filmed and edited by Guy Rhodes.

 

 

If you’ve already financially contributed to the project, I deeply appreciate your support. If you haven’t yet, now is absolutely the time to do so, because the fundraising campaign only has one week left to go. If you would truly like to see this innovative and groundbreaking 1977 live concert released and in your hands, this project must be completely funded by Sunday, June 24th, at 1:47 PM Central Time.

I really need your financial help to make this happen. Anything you can do is greatly appreciated, and please spread the word! To learn more about this project and how you can participate in funding it, click here.

Thank you — Skafish

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Skafish on WJOB Radio’s Music Underdogs Show on Sunday, June 10!

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I would love it if you join me on WJOB Radio on Sunday June 10, 2012, from 9:00 PM United Stated Central Time through 11:00 PM, when I will be a guest on the show, “Music Underdogs.” On the show, host Rick Kubic and I will premiere never-before-heard tracks from my 1977 live bootleg concert, and discuss both the local and international history of “Skafish.” Make sure to call into the show at 219-845-1100, or post on the message board, and I will be happy to answer your questions. Throughout the world, log on to http://www.wjob1230.com/ where the show will be streamed online, and in the Northwest Indiana area, feel free to tune into your radio at 1230AM.

As some of you may already know, I have launched a Kickstarter project to attempt to fund the release of the bootleg, where I am offering some very cool first-time limited-edition rewards for your financial pledges. If the bootleg gets funded by Sunday, June 24, 2012, it would end up becoming the first live Skafish album ever.

One of the things that is so exciting about the bootleg concert is that it features 27 songs, and 15 of those have never been released in any form before! Since the clock is ticking, please pledge to the Kickstarter project if you want to see the concert released. To find out more information about the project and how you can participate, click here:

Also, if you missed my appearance on the Razor and Die radio show in Chicago on May 25, 2012, you can listen to the entire broadcast by clicking here.

Your support is greatly appreciated — Skafish

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