In Denver, Colorado in 1985, two ex-members of the punk band Frantix formed the band Madhouse with friends. The Frantix are mostly known for their 1983 single "My Dad's a Fucking Alcoholic," a song which made it on to a few Killed By Death type of comps. In July of 1985, John Robinson, who had moved to Denver from Texas, joined the band as their singer. The new band decided to call themselves The Fluid and played their first show a few weeks later. The venue was the German House and it had 400 people packed in to see the music the night of July 5, 1985. By all reports, The Fluid blew the crowd away at their very first show.
The Fluid's first album, "Punch N Judy," came out on Denver's local label Rayon Records. Over the next two years the band toured a bunch and gained a good reputation for their live show. Glitterhouse Records in Germany, who did the European releases of a lot of Sub Pop records, pick up The Fluid's first album for a European release as well. In 1988 the band became the first non-Seattle band signed to Sub Pop and began playing shows in Seattle a couple times of year and getting a big local following. They appeared on the "Sub Pop 200" and their second LP, "Clear Black Paper," was released by the label.
The band remained active until 1994 releasing records and touring, blowing away one live audience after another. They reformed very recently to play Sub Pop's 20th anniversary and kicked things off a few days earlier headlining g the secret show at the Sunset Tavern with Green River and the Press Corps, which is where I shot these photos. They were just as energetic and rocking as I remembered them from the late-'80s/early-'90s and put on one hell of a show!
Band members: John Robinson on vocals, James Clower on guitar, Rick Kulwicki on guitar, Matt Bischoff on bass and Garrett Shavlik on drums
- 1986, "Punch N Judy" LP (RayOn)
- 1988, Song "Is It Day I'm Seeing?" on "Sub Pop 200" compilation (Sub Pop)
- 1988, "Clear Black Paper" LP (Sub Pop)
- 1989, "Tin Top Toy" 7" (Sub Pop)
- 1989, "Freak Magnet" EP (Glitterhouse)
- 1989, Song "Madhouse" (live) on split 7" w/Loveslug (Glitterhouse)
- 1989, "Roadmouth" LP (Sub Pop)
- 1990, "Glue" LP/CD (Sub Pop)
- 1991, Song "Candy" (live) on split 7" w/Nirvana (Sub Pop)
- 1992, "Spot the Loon" CD EP (Fellaheen)
- 1992, Cover song "Oh, Shit" on "Something's Gone Wrong Again" Buzzcocks covers compilations (C/Z Records)
- 1993, "On My Feet" 7" (Hollywood)
- 1993, "Purplemetalflakemusic" CD (Hollywood)