Soul Asylum

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2009 (The 2010 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Will Soul Asylum be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


11 comments so far (post your own)

Some good stuff, and fairly popular at their peak, but I can't think of very much they did nor anyone who cites them as an influence.

Posted by William on Tuesday, 06.5.07 @ 10:58am

While Soul Asylum has floated below the surface of recent commercial success, their 2006 Silver Lining is very strong musically. Not getting the big venues and not strutting your stuff should not be a reason to be kept out of the Hall.

Posted by karma on Wednesday, 04.2.08 @ 15:29pm

Soul Asylum should ABSOLUTELY be inducted into the Hall.

Posted by SoulPuppy on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 21:29pm

Soul Asylum was one of the best indie bands to come out of the '80s. They had some huge hits in the '90s, but they've spent most of their long career as arguably the most underappreciated band in the world. They are still touring today & they still put on an incredible live show.

Posted by Pete on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 16:16pm

Hard to figure how this band got shoved aside over time. Huge in 92/93, w/a history stretching back a decade before. You release an album in 95("Let Your Dim Light Shine") that has one of the catchiest, most intelligent - YES, INTELLIGENT - songs in many years ("Misery", the lead single) & everyone sits on their proverbial rear ends. Saw them in 97 at one of those university-sponsored shows they give the students from time to time, and they were quite good. They came through town the next year as part of a three act bill - opening, Semisonic, closing, Matchbox 20, and there stuck in the middle. Go figure.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 04:55am

I give them a yes vote anyway. I know they won't get in, but who knows, maybe they'll be one of those bands that gets "re-discovered" down the line, and everyone will make a big stink about them again. Sad thing is they shouldn't have needed "RE-DISCOVERING" (lol - regrettably).

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 05:01am

Soul Asylum were a great group. Maybe not the most innovative and they have a limited influence, but they were certainly a fantastic rock band.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 07.16.09 @ 20:25pm

Who's Soul Asylum?

Posted by Greg on Sunday, 12.13.09 @ 09:08am

Great band with a great live show but they don't have the longivity or the large scale influence of other bands. If you are from Minnesota though Soul Asylum has to be an influence on you.

Greg you should check them out Grave Dances Union is a great album and so is Let Your Dim Light Shine.

Posted by Dan on Wednesday, 12.30.09 @ 09:40am

I really think Soul Asylum could get a nomination someday. For a sliver of time in the 93-94 time frame,they were one of the hottest bands. Grave Dancers Union was one of the best albums of the 90's. Hit after hit. Grave Dancers Union,the breakout hit Somebody To Shove,and the touching song & video Runaway Train.

Hard to say what caused Soul Asylum to lose their path to sustained stardom.I thought the song Misery was brilliant on the next album. I guess that's Soul Asylum bad luck to be sure. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 02.1.14 @ 03:04am

Now that I think of it...There are groups that are in RRHOF that didn't have an album as excellent as Grave Dancers Union. Have to agree with Cheesecrop that Soul Asylum might be a group that is rediscovered and might be inducted someday. They really had a nice sound. Think Somebody To Shove and Runaway Train my FAV songs of theirs. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 05.30.15 @ 00:29am

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