Soul Asylum's story begins in 1981, when three friends from Minneapolis, MN decided to form a band. Guitarist Dan Murphy, bassist Karl Mueller, and then drummer Dave Pirner began playing under the name Loud Fast Rules, with Murphy and Pirner taking turns on vocals. In 1983, Pirner moved from drums to lead vocals and rhythm guitar, and the band formerly known as Loud Fast Rules became Soul Asylum. They quickly became frontrunners of college radio and began hitting the road with a vengeance, garnering a reputation as America’s best live band. Word was spreading and so was their loyal and growing audience.