Soul Asylum is an American alternative rock band that formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983.
The band grew out of a local band, Loud Fast Rules, that formed in 1981 with Dan Murphy, Dave Pirner, Karl Mueller and Pat Morley. Morley was later replaced by Grant Young in 1984. The band recorded three albums with Twin/Tone Records and two with A&M Records to little commercial success. However, in 1992, they released the double-platinum album Grave Dancers Union, featuring their Grammy Award-winning single "Runaway Train". The band played the Bill Clinton inauguration later that year. They also scored a platinum record with the album Let Your Dim Light Shine three years later, but it was the last hit album of the band's career. Mueller was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, causing the band to organize a benefit concert on his behalf, and passed away a year later. As of 2007, the band continues to perform live shows.
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