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A Record Collector's Guide

The Fluid - Singles

There were not all that many singles released by the Fluid.  The bulk of their vinyl story comes from their LPs.  There were five 7"s, but there were also several promo cds from the Hollywood era, some of which are interesting, so I have included them as well.

Tin Top Toy b/w Tomorrow

Sub Pop SP57, released March 1990

The Fluid's first 7".  The labels on this record are marked as SP56, but the sleeve is correctly printed as SP57.  The first pressing of this one was on orange vinyl.  This is also the easiest color to find.  There were quite a few made on orange.  The degree of orange ranges from very light to very dark.  There were also black copies pressed at this point, as demonstrated by the existence of orange and black mixed copies.  The yellow pressing came next, and is a rarer color, reportedly limited to 500.  Also pressed on grey marble, purple marble, pink (each of these is somewhat rare, but the grey marble shows up the least often of the three).  I also came across a color that I am calling "burnt orange."  It is a darker orange than the straight orange color, and has some marbling in it with an even darker color (which appears to be black).  I had heard rumors of an "orange-brown" version, and can only guess that this is what the person was talking about.  Regardless, it is clearly different from the regular orange version.  Take a look at the pictures.  They were done on the same scanner.  I had heard several rumors of a red vinyl version, and those invariably turned out to be orange...until a real red one surfaced in an auction in mid-2009.  The seller wanted an absurd price for it, so I let it go.  Oops.  Since then, one other red copy has surfaced, sold to another collector.  I have not yet gotten my hands on one. 

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
SP57 Orange 5 Stable
SP57 Black 2-4 Down
SP57 Yellow (500) 10-15 Down
SP57 Purple Marble 10-15 Down
SP57 Pink 10-15 Down
SP57 Grey Marble 10-15 Down
SP57 Burnt Orange 30-40 Down
SP57 Red 40-50 Stable
Loose Insert
Test Pressing
Red Vinyl
Sleeve Paper foldover with loose insert
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, plain white labels

The Fluid/Loveslug Split 7"
Madhouse (live) b/w Free Fire Zone (live)

Glitterhouse GR0057, released 1989

Limited to 750 copies, all on black vinyl.  Recorded live in Germany in 1989.

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Glitterhouse GR0057 - Black 5-8 Down
Sleeve Paper foldover

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Candy (live) b/w Molly's Lips (live)

Sub Pop SP97, released January 1991

Sub Pop Singles Club #27

7500 total pressed - 4000 on green marble vinyl, 3500 on black.  The green marble ones have varying degrees of marbling.  There are even some that are solid green (see pic below).  Copies that are solid green or those that are mixed green and black vinyl command much more money.  The more the green and black are mixed, the more they fetch.  Some fakes have surfaced of the black version - see sliver.it for details.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SP97 Green Marble (4000) 50-70 Stable
SP97 Black (3500) 35-45 Down
SP97 Solid Green 80-100 Stable
SP97 Green/Black Mix 200-300 Up
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Green Marble
Solid Green
Green/Black Mix
Sleeve Paper foldover w/ Singles Club form attached
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, white labels

Live 1988

This is a bootleg.  Four tracks, decent recordings, all on black vinyl with plain white labels.  A good one to have.

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Black 2-4 Stable
Sleeve Full cardboard

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On My Feet

Hollywood ED-10256, released 1992

Promo only single from Hollywood Records.  Same song, both sides, released in 1992.  All copies on white vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Hollywood ED-10256 - White 3-5 Stable
Sleeve Plain white paper

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Mr. Blameshifter

Hollywood PRCD-10296-2, released 1992

Promo only cd single from Hollywood Records.  One track.  Came with a sticker insert as the front cover with a purple metal flake finish.  There was also a cassette version of this one.  The cassette was purple, and the b-side contained clips of songs from the album.

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Hollywood PRCD-10296-2 CD 5-8 Stable
Hollywood PRCS-10296-2 CS 5-8 Stable
Credits Jason: cassette image

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V/A - 7/14

Hollywood PRCD-10309-2, released 1992

Promo only cd single from Hollywood Records.  One track.  Came with a sticker insert as the front cover with a purple metal flake finish.

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Hollywood PRCD-10309-2 CD 5-8 Stable

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Pill - Pill/Cell (demo)/Waves (demo)/Pill (demo)

Hollywood PRCD-10328-2, released 1992

Promo only cd single from Hollywood Records.  No front insert.  This one was a really tough find for years until the internet market took over.  It contains three demo tracks, including one track that was never released anywhere else.

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Hollywood PRCD-10328-2 10-12 Stable

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Spot the Loon CD
My Kind/Cell/Kick Out the Jams/Hey 13

Fellaheen Records - Jack 001-2, released 1993

Strange Australian EP.  This was the only place you could get the last two tracks on here, including my favorite non-MC5 version of Kick Out the Jams.  Hey 13 is really good too.

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Fellaheen Jack 001-2 8-10 Stable

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Cold Outside b/w Tell Me Things

Blitzkrieg Records BR-001, released 2012

Check it out, folks...a new Fluid single.  In 2012.  This one is the inaugural release from Blitzkrieg Records.  It is two remastered early Fluid tracks, one from Clear Black Paper and another from the German version of Clear Black Paper.  This one is a benefit single - all proceeds are going to support the Richard Kulwicki Memorial Fund, which is in place to help the two teenage boys left behind following the tragic passing of the Fluid's Ricky Kulwicki in 2011.  It's a good cause.  Go buy a copy.  You can order one directly from Blitzkrieg Records - get in touch with them through their Facebook page: Blitzkrieg Records.  They pressed 500 of these, all hand-numbered on black vinyl.  Oh, and the remastering sounds really good.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Black 8 Stable
Sleeve Glossy paper foldover

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