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Bootleg 21-35

by Skafish

Discover the original Chicago punk, new wave, alternative, and indie underground with the first ever live Skafish bootleg album recorded August 29, 1977, featuring avant-garde musical concepts that began in 1973, and songs that were mostly composed and performed throughout the Chicago area in 1976.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Invited Me (B-Day Version)
4:33 $0.69
2. I Need Something
3:53 $0.69
3. We'll See a Psychiatrist (1975-76)
4:34 $0.69
4. Five O'clock Face / Joan Fan Club / Sun Stroke
8:10 $0.69
5. I Might Move in Next Door (1st Version)
2:30 $0.69
6. Start At the Start
4:45 $0.69
7. I Missed the Prom Last Night
3:35 $0.69
8. We'll See (the Chicago Cubs Baseball Game)
2:53 $0.69
9. No Liberation Here (1976)
4:53 $0.69
10. Take It Out On You (1st Version)
2:34 $0.69
11. Home Invader / Sink or Swim Intro
6:14 $0.69
12. Let's Play Doctor
2:48 $0.69
13. Waterhead Chant / Tattle Tale
3:55 $0.69
14. Maybe One Time (B-Day Version)
3:03 $0.69
15. Beefcake Touch
3:39 $0.69
16. Lifelong Friends
4:15 $0.69
17. Splish Splash / Toilet Trained / One Size Fits All
5:10 $0.69
18. Knuckle Sandwich (1975-76)
2:52 $0.69
19. Kissy Face
2:08 $0.69
20. Bachelor Pad
5:33 $0.69
21. Sign of the Cross
4:24 $0.69
22. Commentary: Is There a Bootleg Out There?
2:25 $0.69
23. Commentary: Roll the Tapes
4:49 $0.69
24. Commentary: in the Hospital
1:31 $0.69
25. Commentary: Set 1: Tracks 1-6
9:54 $0.69
26. Commentary: Set 1: Tracks 7-11
10:47 $0.69
27. Commentary: Set 2: Tracks 1-5
7:17 $0.69
28. Commentary: Set 2: Tracks 6-10
9:17 $0.69
29. Commentary: the 35th Anniversary
1:53 $0.69
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Album Notes
BOOTLEG 21-35 is the very first official live Skafish album. This recording documents Skafish’s 21st birthday party performance at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977. The never-before-released concert spotlights avant-garde musical concepts and an aesthetic vision that began in 1973, and features songs that were mostly composed and first performed throughout the Chicago area in 1976. This music, (along with the groundbreaking tracks from “What’s This? 1976-1979”), gave birth to the Chicago punk, new wave, alternative, indie, and underground scene, and helped to co-create these art forms internationally.

The bootleg concert consists of 27 total songs, 15 of which are original Skafish compositions that have never been released in any form prior. It showcases the first versions of many underground Skafish classics, like Joan Fan Club, Take It Out On You, I Might Move in Next Door, and We’ll See a Psychiatrist. The album also offers 8 new Skafish-narrated commentary tracks that accurately capture the historical events of that time period.

Skafish chose to release this recording exactly thirty-five years from the day of the original historic concert. BOOTLEG 21-35 showcases the Skafish spirit that was obvious to audiences beginning with his Chicago debut in February 1976. That revolutionary spirit is synonymous with the phenomenal virtuosity, discipline, and the unbridled musical, lyrical, and conceptual iconoclasm identified with Skafish and his band.



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Skizz Cyzyk

Ahead of its time
A lot of people on their 21st birthdays go out and get sloppy drunk and stupid. Skafish, however, celebrated his 21st birthday by putting on such an amazing show that I find it hard to believe he was only 21 when this album was recorded. The songs are great. The band is amazing! The energy in the room comes across on the recording. It all sounds way ahead of its time, and this recording stands as documented proof that Skafish deserves a lot more credit than history has given him (so far). If a band today put on a similar show, my mind would be blown. Just imagine how “out there” this must have seemed in 1977! Having “Bootleg” in the title is certainly a warning that the recording quality of this album is not exactly pristine. The sound quality really isn’t all that bad, especially for a 35-year-old tape. I stopped noticing the sound quality before the end of the first song. If you’re already a Skafish fan, having this album is a no-brainer. If you’re unfamiliar with Skafish, but you’re a fan of early punk/new wave, you owe it to yourself to discover this album.

Michael Ison

A Priceless Slice of Punk History
This L.p. is jam packed with fiery energy and ironic humour that has left me floored. The tightness of the band is incredible considering the quirkiness of the arrangements. This is Skafish at their artistic peak. Once you start this l.p. the intensity just keeps your ears glued as each track powers on to the next. The audience reaction just adds to the excitement, and the bootleg quality just adds to the immediacy as if time has just stood still for an hour and a half. Even the odd ballad is rich with passion and intensity.
This l.p. just makes me laugh it's so much fun, and the dirty rock of songs like No Liberation Here and Home Invader just makes me want to crank it up and dance around the lounge room. The neighbours don't know what hit them!!
At $6.99, it's criminally inexpensive for such a priceless slice of punk history that has, until now, been just a distant memory for some, and a complete unknown for others.


If you ever saw URGH! A Music War (if not see it immediately) you saw Skafish perform "Sign Of The Cross" towards the very end of the film. IMO one of the BEST music segments in a sea of awesome music in URGH!, you can expect the same great live performance from this new Skafish album Bootleg 12-35. Not only does it have great tunes but the commentary tracks from Jim Skafish are not to be missed.

Tracy O

Bootleg 21-35
This cd is cool! The energy that Skafish emits is so evident from this concert. I know that the band is credited with being at the cusp of the punk/new wave movement, but they were much deeper musically than that. The song structures, the complex harmony lines, even the instrumentation choices are cutting edge original. For the price of a couple Starbucks coffees you could have a piece of history on your i-pod/mp3 player. Jim Skafish adds some really interesting commentary about the band and concert that I found really interesting.