Dan Murphy (musician)

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Dan Murphy
Dan Murphy.jpg
Murphy on stage with Soul Asylum in 2010
Background information
Birth name Daniel Murphy
Born (1962-07-12) July 12, 1962 (age 57)
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1981–2012
Labels A&M, Columbia
Associated acts Soul Asylum
Golden Smog

Daniel David Murphy (born July 12, 1962 in Duluth, Minnesota) is an American musician best known as a co-founder[1] lead guitarist for the alternative rock band, Soul Asylum from 1981 to 2012. He is also a member of Golden Smog.


Murphy was the secondary songwriter in Soul Asylum, with Dave Pirner responsible for writing most of the band's material. Some of Murphy's solo writing credits include "Can't Go Back" from Made to Be Broken, "Cartoon" off Hang Time and "Gullible's Travels" from And the Horse They Rode in On. Additionally, he and Pirner co-wrote "Easy Street" which appeared on And the Horse They Rode in On, and he co-wrote "Promises Broken" off Let Your Dim Light Shine with Marc Perlman.

In 1988, Murphy formed Golden Smog, a Minneapolis supergroup made up of members of The Replacements, The Jayhawks and Run Westy Run. Murphy was credited as 'David Spear' on the group's second album, Down by the Old Mainstream, because of contractual obligations.[2]

In 1992, Murphy appeared on the debut solo album by former Replacements drummer Chris Mars, Horseshoes And Hand Grenades.

On October 9, 2012, Murphy announced his departure from Soul Asylum on the forum of EnterTheSoulAsylum.com. His decision to leave the band was to continue a quieter life with friends and family.

Murphy also has an antiques business.


  1. ^ "A Brief History of the Bands and Artists". Review of rock bands from Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Westword.com Archived September 21, 2005, at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • The Soul Asylum Band records are available for research use at the Minnesota Historical Society.
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