Soul Asylum's long-awaited release of a new album, "Delayed Reaction" in July of this year, ended a 6-year album-drought for fans, and perhaps garnered new fans.
Soul Asylum? My usual question is: yes, no, or meh-be? Were they ever, or are they currently, on your radar?
I've continued to associate Soul Asylum as a 1990s band, but the fact is, they were formed in the early 1980s; they did not have commercial success for close to 10-years, hence, the connection to the later decade. Their "Grave Dancers Union" was a mega-commercial success, with their hit single, 'Runaway Train', now a classic. They actually played at Bill Clinton's first inauguration.
Most of their fame in their early years came from touring, rather than studio recordings. In fact, in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, they were well-known and popular for their dynamic stage presence. They continued to be underdogs commercially, but that didn't stop them. They toured with Husker Du (another Minneapolis gem. Hey, they toured with Cheap Trick at one point, too. Now that's saying something, don't you think? :)
They've done some gracious, but not overly sticky, public service / socially conscious endeavors with their music. Most notably, their "Runaway Train" music video featured pictures of missing children, with a help-line number provided to report information. They did a benefit concert for their cancer-stricken band mate, Karl Meuller (RIP).
They're known for some kitschy music, too. Song-writer Dave Pirner has a knack for that. The band has an interesting mix of sound that's impossible to pin down, and were thought to be 'grunge' before grunge, alternative, punk, 1970s style rock/country, all with being a bit self-effacing and fun to behold. "Runaway Train", "Black Gold", "Misery" -- just to name a few of their hits.
BTW, current line-up includes ex-Replacements and current G N' R Bassist, Tommy Stinson, former Prince drummer, Michael Bland, and original band mates David Pirner, and Dave Murphy.
Do you own any of their albums? Thoughts, anyone?