The Fluid, 1993
|Also known as||Madhouse|
|Origin||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Genres||Garage rock, punk rock|
|Years active||1984–1993, 2008|
|Website||Sub Pop: The Fluid|
|Past members||John Robinson|
The Fluid were originally called Madhouse. After early 1980s Denver punk band Frantix broke up, bassist Matt Bischoff, drummer Garrett Shavlik and guitarist James Clower began playing as Madhouse. On July 5, with new band members Rick Kulwicki (guitar) and John Robinson (vocals), they played their first gig at the German House (Denver Turnverein) as "The Fluid", which was the only name all five members could agree upon.
In 1986 the Fluid released their first album, Punch N Judy on Rayon Records. The album was also licensed to and released by the German label Glitterhouse. They toured for the next two years in support of the album. In 1988, they released the album Clear Black Paper on Sub Pop. They were the first non-Seattle band to sign to the record label.
After The Fluid
After the Fluid broke up, drummer Garrett Shavlik started the band Spell (not Boyd Rice's band of the same name) who were signed for a time to Island Records.
- Freak Magnet (1989 - Glitterhouse)
- Glue (1990 - Sub Pop & Glitterhouse)
- "Tin Top Toy" b/w "Tomorrow" (1989) (Sub Pop SP57)
- Split 7" with Loveslug - Madhouse (live) b/w Free Fire Zone (live) (1989) (Glitterhouse GR0057)
- Split 7" with Nirvana - Candy (live) b/w Molly's Lips (live) (1991) (Sub Pop SP97)
- Spot the Loon EP (CD) (1992) (Fellaheen)
- "On My Feet" (Hollywood - white vinyl promo) (1993) (Hollywood)
- "Live 1988" (bootleg)
- "Cold Outside" b/w "Tell Me Things" (2012) (Blitzkrieg Records BR-001)
- Roberts, Michael (2008-06-18). "Q&A With the Fluid's Garrett Shavlik". Westword.
- Murphy, Tom (2012-03-02). "Matt Bischoff of '57 Lesbian: "You need to still enjoy the company of your friends and do stuff you enjoy doing with those people"". Westword.
- Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed February 2011