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Thursday, June 23, 2005

People, it's not that difficult

Posted by: Hammer / 9:25 AM

Kare 11 covered the Karl Mueller memorial:
He was the founding member of Soul Asylum, the band best know for the hits 'Runaway Train' and 'Grave Dancers Union'.

Mueller suffered from throat cancer, but still helped the band complete a new studio album, which is set for release early next year.

The diversity and size of the crowd that turned out to pay respects to Karl Mueller was testament, not to the rock star, but to the man.

Runaway Train was a hit single. Grave Dancers Union was the album featuring Runaway Train. The first single from GDU was Somebody to Shove. It wasn't really a hit. Neither was Black Gold which was a better song than Runaway Train, especially live.

If I was feeling chartable, maybe I would cut KARE 11 some slack and say that GDU was a hit album. I'm not feeling charitable. I'm pretty sure KARE 11 was cribbing from a report like this or this and made a mistake. (Though the second link seems to write Grant Young entirely out of Soul Asylum. I don't know what caused the rift between Grant and the rest of the band, but it's the is deep and wide.)

I wouldn't care that much, but I was a big Soul Asylum fan in the early 90s. One summer I saw them play three states in three months -- Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis (x2), Saint Paul, and Northfield. I took little brother Churchy to his first all ages show to see Soul Asylum. We made signs begging the band to play It's Not My Fault from the Free to be a Family album. Coolhand used the urinal next to Pirner before one show and came away "not that impressed". For a time we called them the "Overlords", because a headline in a campus paper dubbed Soul Asylum "Overlords of the Minneapolis rock scene/destined to rule the world". I've still got the tape where Pirner introduces Karl as the "impossibly handsome Karl Mueller".

Just because I care doesn't give me the right to take this stupid mistake personally. But shame on KARE 11 for not being able to get a simply thing right like the difference between an album and a song.


It's not only not that difficult, it's Rock 101. Anyone with half a clue about music at all would know this.

And like Hammer points out, it's just lazy journalism. How much time would it take to go to AllMusic and find out what Soul Asylum's biggest hits were. And for christ's sake, this is a local band that everyone knows. Didn't someone in the station see this and go: um, this is fucked up?

By Anonymous Jerjo of Adderall, at 10:11 AM  

ok bob vanderhoof

By Anonymous Tard Patch, at 10:18 AM  

It's shocking how often local news gets stuff wrong. Any time they do a story I already know something about, they manage to get something wrong.

By Blogger Hammer, at 10:22 AM  

If Kare 11 were wrong here, could it be they were also wrong about the infamous Walleye/Zander fish controversy. Possibly a fourth follow-up story is needed on this weighty issue?

By Anonymous monostereo, at 2:32 PM  

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