Soul Asylum Spends Time in Parking Lots

Soul Asylum signed its first record deal in 1984, and followed the first generation of American independent rock bands—R.E.M., Sonic Youth, and Black Flag, as well as their Minnesotan contemporaries Husker Du and The Replacements.  The band became underground favorites with the release of Clam Dip & Other Delights in 1988, but it lasted long enough to have a hit on the burgeoning alternative radio format in 1992 with

Dave Pirner's Been Delayed

What does a band mean to its members after more than 25 years? After it has taken time off? After it's followed the traditional narrative arc of the band growing from a scruffy regional band to being big enough to play The White House, then returned to a more human scale? VH-1's Behind the Music would usually end those narratives with a hopeful "They're making another run" tag that nobody believes - not back to the band's previous pinnacle of fame, anyway.

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