In the early days of The Fluid (from 1985 up until their woeful grungewagon-hopping 1990 album Glue), the Denver quintet was by far the most exciting and powerful live bands in the world at that moment. While nearly every other underground band was playing prophylactic hardcore or "going" metal, The Fluid was revivifying the psychedelic garage punk sounds of the MC5, the Stooges and early Who. Its live shows easily matched the legendary energy of the MC5 -- great rhythm section, great frontman and impeccable songwriting -- and its songs are still some of the catchiest rock'n'roll anthems ever written. There were precious few bands with the same rock swagger in the mid-80s, and none could hold a candle to the burning intensity of this band borne out of early hardcore Killed By Death faves The Frantix, Madhouse and Urban Waste. The Fluid's debut album, Punch 'n' Judy was recorded at a half-assed 8-track studio on low-grade equipment by an inadequte engineer (how do I know? my own high school band recorded there later with similar results), so it sounds tinny and unrepresentative of the band's real sound (a problem that plagued them on their sophomore Sub Pop debut Clear Black Paper as well as its classic followup Roadmouth.) Nonetheless, all three of the band's early albums are packed with great songs that deserve to be heard, and the sound quality has its own charm as well. Songs like "Cold Outside" and "Try, Try, Try" are perfect rock gems in the tradition of Small Faces and The Who, while "Saccharine Rejection" and "Madhouse" evoke the subterranean filth of early 70s rock like Alice Cooper and The Stooges.
Sadly, all three albums remain unavailable -- the Rayon records debut Punch 'n' Judy (reissued and remastered on Glitterhouse in the 1990s, now out of print), and both Sub Pop albums Clear Black Paper and Roadmouth are out of print. So, you'll have to seek these out via eBay or other sources. All tracks here were encoded from the original vinyl editions.