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The Fluid - Albums and EPs

The Fluid released six LPs and EPs between 1986 and 1993.  The way in which those albums were released was a little screwy.  Between the U.S. and Germany (Sub Pop and Glitterhouse), sleeves changed, track listings changed, hairstyles changed...all of these albums are worth your time, though.

 

Punch n Judy

RayOn RAY0001, released 1986

Glitterhouse GR0022

The Fluid's first album. It was first released on a Colorado label called RayOn, which was specifically assembled to put this record out. It was picked up by the German label Glitterhouse, given one of the ugliest album covers in human history, and re-released with an extra track, "Graveyard Tramps." This was once a ridiculously difficult album to find. It took me three years pre-internet. Now, it shows up for auction every few months. The Glitterhouse version comes up more often than the RayOn one (and is also less expensive).

The record represented a significant moment in record producing history...the Fluid was Glitterhouse's first link to a Sub Pop band (even though they weren't one yet). Glitterhouse and Sub Pop maintained a relationship for many years.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
RayOn RAY0001 30-40 6 Stable
Glitterhouse GR0022 20-30 4 Stable

Recent Sales Data: RayOn Pressing:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2018 1 20 eBay
2017 5 30.00 Discogs, eBay

This page was last updated on January 6, 2019.

  

Clear Black Paper

Glitterhouse GR0026, released 1988

Sub Pop SP16, released 1988

Fluid Album #2. The Glitterhouse version came first for this one, all on black vinyl. The Fluid then signed to Sub Pop back in the label's very early days. There are a number of sources that cite the Afghan Whigs as the first non-Seattle Sub Pop signing, but it was the Fluid. Fo' real. Anyway, Sub Pop took the album, replaced four of the tracks (all of the replacement songs were available on the Freak Magnet EP), changed the sleeve, and put it out in 1988. The first pressing was on blue vinyl and limited to 500 copies. Later versions were on pink marble and black. On the sleeves for the later pressings, the shaded areas appear to be darker. It's significant enough to where I can eyeball the difference easily in a record store. The first pressing came with Sub Pop's first catalogue, a double-sided full page detailing SP10 through SP19.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Glitterhouse GR0026 5-10 2 Down
SP16 (Blue) 15-20 6 Stable
SP16 (Pink Marble) 12-15 3 Stable
SP16 (Black) 10-12 3 Stable
Insert - Side 1
Insert - Side 2
Test Pressing
Glitterhouse GR0026
Sub Pop SP16 (Blue)
Sub Pop SP16 (Pink Marble)
Sub Pop SP16 (Black)

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Freak Magnet EP

Glitterhouse GR0041, released 1988

This release only came out on Glitterhouse, all on black vinyl. Four of the tracks were released on the Sub Pop version of Clear Black Paper. The versions of the other three songs found on this EP were never released in the U.S. A different version of "Don't Wanna Play" did come out on the Colorado Krew III 7" compilation. The EP is quite easy to procure now.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Glitterhouse GR0041 5-8 1 Down

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Roadmouth

Sub Pop SP36, released June 1989

Glitterhouse GR0055

Released concurrently on Sub Pop and Glitterhouse in 1989. The sleeve was the same for both except for the coloring. The Glitterhouse one had an olive green tint, while the Sub Pop one was more pink. As with all others, the Glitterhouse version was on black vinyl. The Sub Pop version...not so much. A member of the band told me that the first pressing was of equal numbers of pink marble and red marble copies, and believed it was a total press run of 1000. The grey marble and black copies were later pressings.

I knew that other colors might exist, but imagine my surprise when one of the original Sub Pop discographers wrote to me a couple of years ago to tell me of two others - a clear red and a clear green copy. Supposedly, these were pressed in quantities of about 50 each. I had seen a clear red one advertised for years, but assumed that it was the red marble one and moved on with my life. As soon as I got that message, I bought that copy...sure enough, clear red. Who knew? The difference is a little hard to tell in the pictures, but I promise...one is clear red and the other is solid red marble. I have never been able to verify the clear green one, so for the time being, it remains in the rumors section.

The only cd version of the full Roadmouth album was on Glitterhouse. It contains a version of "Saccharine Rejection" (probably the best version, for what it's worth) that was otherwise only available on the Motor City Madness Glitterhouse compilation. Most of the album was later released in cd form along with the Glue EP by Sub Pop. Two songs were left off the combined cd: "Big Brother" and "Leave It".

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
GR0055 (Black) 2-4 1 Down
SP36 - 1st Press (Pink Marble) 15-20 5 Stable
SP36 - 1st Press (Red Marble) 25-35 5 Up
SP36 (Clear Red) 40-50 9 Up
SP36 (Grey Marble) 15-20 4 Stable
SP36 (Black) 5-8 2 Stable
Glitterhouse
Pink Marble
Red Marble
Clear Red
Grey Marble
Black
Rumors Clear green version

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Glue

Sub Pop SP64, released April 1990

Glitterhouse GR0094

Glue...the last Fluid release on either Glitterhouse or Sub Pop. The EP was later combined with Roadmouth (minus three songs) for a Sub Pop cd release. Glitterhouse copies of Glue were all on black vinyl. The first Sub Pop pressing was on purple vinyl, limited to 1000 copies. Later pressings were on mint green and black vinyl. I have been told by a reliable source that a grey version also exists, but I have never seen one. Other colors may exist.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
GR0094 (Black) 2-4 1 Down
SP64 (Purple Marble) 8-12 4 Down
SP64 (Mint Green Marble) 6-8 4 Down
SP64 (Black) 4-6 2 Down

This page was last updated on January 5, 2019.

 

Purplemetalflakemusic

Hollywood HR-61445-1, released 1993

The Fluid made the jump to the majors in 1993, probably a year or two too late. Purplemetalflakemusic, the longtime publishing name of the band's songs, was the title of their Hollywood Records debut (and, sadly, swan song). I consider this their best album. I think it was not promoted well at all, despite four promo singles (three cds, one 7") being released. There were three or four songs on the album that were quite commercially accessible, but they were (mostly) not the ones that were chosen as singles. I digress. Hollywood put out a vinyl version of the album on purple vinyl that is somewhat difficult to come by. A couple of copies have sold for larger amounts over the years, but it has stabilized in the $20-25 range.

Some (all?) of the U.S. cds came with a limited edition purple metal flake sticker. The Japanese version of the cd had a bonus track ("Cell"), which also appears on in demo form on the Spot the Loon EP and the Pill promo cd.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Hollywood HR-61445-1 20-25 6 Stable

This page was last updated on January 5, 2019.

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