"Soul Asylum" is an alternative rock/Grunge band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983, best known for their double-platinum album Grave Dancers Union, and their Grammy Award winning single "Runaway Train."
The group was an outgrowth of a previous band, "Loud Fast Rules", formed in 1981 by guitarist and vocalist Dave Pirner, guitarist and backing vocalist Dan Murphy, bassist Karl Mueller, and drummer Pat Morley.
Soul Asylum began performing around the Twin Cities (including First Avenue). The quickly developed a core following, and became known for their powerful, dynamic stage shows.
Their debut album Say What You Will ... Everything Can Happen was released by local record label Twin/Tone in 1984. (This is since out-of-print, but re-released as Say What You Will, Clarence ... Karl Sold the Truck with several additional tracks).
Between the release of Say What You Will and their second album, Grant Young joined the group, taking over the drums from Morely.
In 1986, Soul Asylum released Made to be Broken followed by While You Were Out. Despite critical acclaim locally and internationally, they remained unknown to the larger US audience.