Born In: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Dave Pirner is a noted American songwriter and singer, best known as the front-man and lead vocalist of the alternative rock band, ‘Soul Asylum’. Born into a musical family, he was part of a punk band called ‘Loud Fast Rule’ while still in his high school. The band later changed its name to ‘Soul Asylum’ and began to tour the country. In 1984, the group cut their first album, with Pirner as their main songwriter and vocalist. However, they had to wait for few more years to gain commercial success, eventually emerging as one of the most successful rock groups of the time with ‘Grave Dancers Union’, earning the Grammy Award with one of its singles, ‘Runaway Train’. As the new millennium set in, they began to cut fewer albums; but continued to give live performances, with Pirner leading a new version of the group.
Also Known As: David Anthony Pirner
Born Country: United States
City: Minneapolis, Minnesota
U.S. State: Minnesota
In 1980, while attending West High School, Dave Pirner formed his first musical group, a punk band called the ‘Shitz’. It must have disbanded very quickly because in the summer of 1981, he joined another punk band named the ‘Loud Fast Rules’.
Initially he played the drum while his friend, Dan Murphy, served as the guitarist and Karl Mueller as the bassist. He and Murphy took turns to sing. Later, as Pat Morley joined the group as the drummer, Pirner became the lead vocalist and also the rhythm guitarist.
‘Loud Fast Rules’ started playing in garages and parties and held their first gig at a local club called First Avenue. In 1982, two of their songs were released on the Reflex Records cassette compilation called ‘Barefoot and Pregnant’.
In 1983, the band changed its name to ‘Soul Asylum’. In the following year, Grant Young replaced Morley at the drum. Also in the same year, they signed with Twin Tone Records, releasing their first studio album, a nine-song EP entitled ‘Say What You Will’, on August 24, 1984.
During their early years, they toured relentlessly, developing a cult following. Eventually in January 1986, they released their second full length album, ‘Made to Be Broken’. It was followed in June by a cassette-only release, ‘Time's Incinerator' and in November by another full-length album called ‘While You Were Out’.
In spite of having a cult following and releasing four albums, they were not yet commercially visible. Finally in 1988, they had their major label debut, releasing ‘Hang Time’ through A&M Records. PDave irner wrote most of its songs. However, commercial success continued to elude them.
In 1990, the ‘Soul Asylum’ released their fifth full length studio album, 'And the Horse They Rode In On'. The songs were mostly written by Pirner and one of its tracks, ‘We 3’, was later featured in the 1997 film ‘ChasingAmy’.
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