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Soul Asylum
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Formed: 1983 in Minneapolis, MN
Years Active: 80 's, 90 's, 00's
Genre: ROCK

Soul Asylum are the quintessential little band that could; it only took ten years to turn them from a teenage garage band into multi-platinum-selling rock stars. Guitarist Dan Murphy, bassist Karl Mueller, and drummer Dave Pirner formed in 1981 as Loud Fast Rules in Minneapolis, MN. When the shambolic, no-longer-teenage band burst onto the scene in 1984, Soul Asylum had added Grant Young on drums and switched Pirner to rhythm guitar and vocals for the loud and fast Twin Tone album Say What You Will, Clarence...Karl Sold the Truck. However, the record was overshadowed by the current releases by fellow Twin Cities denizens the Replacements and Hüsker Dü; Soul Asylum have gone on record stating they were dubbed "the B-teamers" by the Replacements, which created bad feelings between the bands for years.

Still, Soul Asylum forged their way on college radio and countless U.S. club tours, which gained them a devoted following. The "hell-on" rock band, in guitarist Murphy's words, released Made to Be Broken and the similar While You Were Out in 1986, but Pirner's songwriting always far outshone the form. The band signed to A&M Records in 1989 as part of a distribution pact between Twin Tone and A&M for the harder rocking Hang Time, produced by Lenny Kaye. The record garnered some college radio attention, but by 1990's And the Horse They Rode in ...
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