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Soul Asylum is vocalist/guitarist Dave Pirner, drummer Michael Bland, lead guitarist Ryan Smith and bassist Winston Roye. In 2020, the quartet have released 2020's Hurry Up And Wait which reflects Soul Asylum's usual eclectic approach: thrashing songs indebted to punk ("Hopped Up Feelin'") and classic rock ("Got It Good"), folk-influenced pop-rock ("Silly Things"), and gorgeous jangle-pop (lead single "If I Told You"). The band first entered the major-label mainstream with 1988's Hang Time and its 1990 follow-up, And the Horse They Rode In On, before achieving a commercial breakthrough with 1992's triple platinum Grave Dancers Union. That album spawned several international hits, including "Runaway Train," which won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, and "Black Gold," and made Soul Asylum alternative radio and MTV staples. The band was initially formed in the early '80s under the name Loud Fast Rules when Pirner was still in high school, cutting their teeth as part of the celebrated Minneapolis local music scene.
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