Happy birthday Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum's frontman 51 today.
Dave was born on April 16, 1964, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Piner was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and had been bitten by the punk rock bug; he'd learned to play the drums, and started a band withe fiends Dan Murphy on guitar and Karl Mueller on drums called Loud Fast Rules. After Dave moved rom drums to rhythm guitar and lead vocals and the band moved far away from their strict hardcore aesthetic to prompt a name change to Soul Asylum. Noted for their powerful sound and upfront semse of humor, Soul Asylum were regarded as second-stringers on the Minneapolis rock scene in their early years. The band achieved commercial success and visibility on Mtv and VH1 with the single Runaway Train, followed by another hit song Black Gold, both from their album Grave Dancers Union.
Pirner was seen guesting on albums of differing genres, including artists like Paul Westerberg, Mike Watt, The Autumn Defense and victoria Williams. His disheveled appearance and blonde matted dreadlocks made an unmistakable impression on fans and critics alike, making Pirner easily recognized and associating the band with the grunge scene. Pirner is quoted as One of the best Singer/Songwriter to come out of Minnesota since Prince.
Pirner was also a part of the all-star band assembled for the soundtrack of the 1994 film Backbeat. Pirner also contributed to the soundtrack of Kevin Smith's 1997 film Chasing Amy.
In 2002 Pirner released his first solo album entitled Faces and Names. He also contributed guest vocals on the song "Chillout Tent" in The Hold Steady's 2006 release, Boys And Girls In America.