Daniel Murphy

born on 12/7/1962 in Duluth, MN, United States

Alias Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy (musician)

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Dan Murphy (musician)

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


Murphy was the secondary songwriter in Soul Asylum, with Dave Pirner responsible for bulk 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, an official message from Dan was posted on the forum of EnterTheSoulAsylum.com regarding his departure from Soul Asylum. 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 on 27 June 2012.
  2. Westword.com

External links

  • The Soul Asylum Band records are available for research use at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Soul Asylum
Dave Pirner - Dan Murphy - Tommy Stinson - Michael Bland - Karl Mueller
Pat Morley - Grant Young - Sterling Campbell - Ian Mussington
Soul Asylum discography
Albums: Say What You Will, Clarence...Karl Sold the Truck - Made To Be Broken - Time's Incinerator - While You Were Out - Clam Dip & Other Delights - Hang Time - And the Horse They Rode in On - Grave Dancers Union - Let Your Dim Light Shine - Candy From a Stranger - The Silver Lining
Compilations: Black Gold: The Best of Soul Asylum - Closer to the Stars: Best of the Twin/Tone Years
Live and other projects: After the Flood: Live from the Grand Forks Prom, June 28, 1997
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