Soul Asylum is an American alternative rock band formed in 1981 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their 1993 hit "Runaway Train" won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

The band was originally called Loud Fast Rules, with a lineup consisting of Dave Pirner, Dan Murphy, Karl Mueller, and Pat Morley. They changed their name to Soul Asylum in 1983. 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 "Runaway Train". The band played at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton early the next year. They also scored a platinum record with the album Let Your Dim Light Shine three years later.

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.

The band released four more albums over the next 15 years. Their most recent was Hurry Up and Wait in 2020, their twelfth studio release.

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1984Say What You Will... Everything Can HappenSoul Asylum47
1986Made to Be BrokenSoul Asylum37
1986While You Were OutSoul Asylum46
1988Hang TimeSoul Asylum45
1990And the Horse They Rode In OnSoul Asylum47
1992Grave Dancers UnionSoul Asylum4.511
1995Let Your Dim Light ShineSoul Asylum412
1998Candy From a StrangerSoul Asylum54
2006The Silver LiningSoul Asylum43
2012Delayed ReactionSoul Asylum45
2016Change of FortuneSoul Asylum44
2020Hurry Up and WaitSoul Asylum45

Album + Compilation

1986Time's IncineratorSoul Asylum2
1998Grave Dancers Union / Insomniac's DreamSoul Asylum2
2000Grave Dancers Union / Let Your Dim Light ShineSoul Asylum1
2000Black Gold: The Best of Soul AsylumSoul Asylum1
2001Runaway TrainSoul Asylum3
2006Closer to the Stars: The Best of the Twin-Tone YearsSoul Asylum2
2007Welcome to the Minority: The A&M Years 1988-1991Soul Asylum2
2008Super HitsSoul Asylum2
2011Playlist: The Very Best of Soul AsylumSoul Asylum2
2011Original Album ClassicsSoul Asylum1
2012Extended VersionsSoul Asylum1
2018Twin/Tone ExtrasSoul Asylum1
2018The Twin/Tone YearsSoul Asylum1
2019While You Were Out / Clam Dip & Other DelightsSoul Asylum1

Album + Live

1994Insomniac's DreamSoul Asylum1
2004After the Flood: Live From the Grand Forks Prom, June 1997Soul Asylum3
2018From the Vaults: Live From Liberty Lunch Austin TX 12/3/92Soul Asylum2


1985Tied to the TracksSoul Asylum1
1988CartoonSoul Asylum2
1988Sometime to ReturnSoul Asylum1
1992Black GoldSoul Asylum5
1992Somebody to ShoveSoul Asylum11
1993Runaway TrainSoul Asylum7
1993Without a TraceSoul Asylum2
1995MiserySoul Asylum6
1995Just Like AnyoneSoul Asylum3
1995Misery / Una ragione di piùSoul Asylum / Massimo Di Cataldo1
1995Promises BrokenSoul Asylum5
1998I Will Still Be LaughingSoul Asylum1
2012GravitySoul Asylum2
2016SupersonicSoul Asylum1
2016DoomsdaySoul Asylum1
2019Dead LetterSoul Asylum1
2020If I Told YouSoul Asylum1
2020Got It Pretty GoodSoul Asylum1
2020Social ButterflySoul Asylum1
2020Black and BlueSoul Asylum1


1988Clam Dip & Other DelightsSoul Asylum5
2006Stand Up and Be Strong EPSoul Asylum2
2012No Fun IntendedSoul Asylum2
2016Daytrotter SessionSoul Asylum1
2020Born FreeSoul Asylum2

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