Originally a Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA-based garage hardcore band, Soul Asylum spent their early years under the yoke of comparisons with the more fêted Replacements and Hüsker Dü. Indeed, the latters Bob Mould was known to fondly describe Soul Asylum as our little brothers, and was on hand as producer for their first two long-playing sets.
Soul Asylums roots in hardcore are betrayed by their original choice of name, Loud Fast Rules. Their first formation in 1981 centred around the abiding creative nucleus of Dave Pirner (16 April 1964, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; vocals/guitar) and Dan Murphy (b. 12 July 1962, Duluth, Minnesota, USA; guitar), alongside Karl Mueller (b. 27 July 1963, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, d. 17 June 2005, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; bass) and Pat Morley (drums). Together they specialized in sharp lyrical observations and poppy punk. Morley left in December 1984 to be replaced,...
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