Soul Asylum while we’re on the road to Hump Day. The band originally formed in 1981 under the name Loud Fast Rules, with a lineup consisting of Dave Pirner, Dan Murphy, Karl Mueller, and Pat Morley. Morley was replaced by Grant Young in 1984. The band recorded three albums with Twin/Tone Records and two with A&M Records, with little commercial success. In 1992, they released the triple-platinum album Grave Dancers Union, featuring their Grammy Award–winning single “Runaway Train”. The band played at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton early the next year.
They toured relentlessly in their early years, opening for other American touring bands and later performing as a headliner act after gaining exposure on the “Flip Your Wig” tour with the Minneapolis band Hüsker Dü in early 1986. Contrasted with some of the popular underground and alternative styles at the time, audiences were struck by the band’s onstage swagger, scruffy Midwestern appearance and extremely loud, frenetic sound, mixing tuneful but unrestrained punk, hardcore, 1970s rock, country and self-effacing kitsch.One early review described their sound as “some unholy mix of Kiss and Hank Williams thrown under the wheels of a runaway train.” All elements contributed to the band’s being described as a “grunge precursor”, a claim often recited in comparisons between pre-Nirvana Minneapolis and Seattle bands. Despite critical acclaim locally and internationally, they remained unknown to a larger U.S. audience and radio market.
In 1998 they recorded Candy from a Stranger. Mueller was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, and the band organized a benefit concert on his behalf. Mueller died a year later.
In 2006 they released The Silver Lining. Their most recent effort is Change of Fortune, released on March 18, 2016.
This Glastonbury gig from 1995 comes around the time of the release of Let Your Dim Light Shine, their second album to go Platinum.
You really do need to crank this one up.