Grave Dancers Union

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Grave Dancers Union
Soul Asylum Grave Dancer's Union.jpg
Cover art by Jan Saudek
Studio album by Soul Asylum
Released October 6, 1992
Recorded The Powerstation and River Sound, New York City
Pachyderm Discs, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, May 1992
Genre Alternative rock
indie rock
Length 44:42
Label Columbia
Producer Michael Beinhorn
Soul Asylum chronology
And the Horse They Rode In On
Grave Dancers Union
Let Your Dim Light Shine
Singles from Grave Dancers Union
  1. "Somebody to Shove"
    Released: May 5, 1992
  2. "Black Gold"
    Released: January 1993
  3. "Runaway Train"
    Released: June 1, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A[2]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[6]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3][5]

Grave Dancers Union is the sixth studio album by the American alternative rock band Soul Asylum, released in 1992. The album spent 76 weeks on the Billboard music charts and was certified triple-platinum in 1993, establishing Soul Asylum as one of the most successful rock groups of the first half of the 1990s.


During recording of Grave Dancers Union, producer Michael Beinhorn grew dissatisfied with drummer Grant Young's performance and brought in Sterling Campbell. It was the beginning of the end of Young's tenure in the band. He and Campbell would each wind up playing on about half the record.[7] Campbell was eventually named the band's official drummer.

The "Runaway Train" single, released in June 1993, reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy Award for best rock song in 1994. Though the album had sold moderately well to that point, the breakout success of that single was a major factor in the album's eventual multi-platinum sales figures.

The cover illustration is by Czech erotic art photographer Jan Saudek.

The album's title comes from the line "I tried to dance at a funeral, New Orleans style, I joined the Grave Dancers Union, I had to file", from the song "Without a Trace."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Dave Pirner.

  1. "Somebody to Shove" – 3:15
  2. "Black Gold" – 3:57
  3. "Runaway Train" – 4:26
  4. "Keep It Up" – 3:48
  5. "Homesick" – 3:34
  6. "Get on Out" – 3:30
  7. "New World" – 4:04
  8. "April Fool" – 3:45
  9. "Without a Trace" – 3:33
  10. "Growing into You" – 3:13
  11. "99%" – 3:59
  12. "The Sun Maid" – 3:51


  1. "Somebody to Shove"
  2. "New World"
  3. "Black Gold"
  4. "Runaway Train"
  5. "Without a Trace"


Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production and staff[edit]

  • Michael Beinhorn – arranger, celeste, glockenspiel, producer, horn arrangements
  • Chris Shaw - engineer
  • Eric Anderson, Bruce Ross – additional engineering
  • David Michael Dill, Dan Gellert, Bill Smith – assistant engineers
  • Andy Wallace – mixing
  • David Leonard – mixing of "The Sun Maid"
  • Steve Sisco – mixing assistant
  • Wally Traugott – mastering
  • Francesca Restrepo – art direction, design
  • Jan Saudek – photography



Year Chart Position
1992 Billboard Heatseekers[8] 1
1992 The Billboard 200[8] 11


Year Single Chart Position
1992 "Somebody to Shove" Modern Rock Tracks[9] 1
1993 "Black Gold" Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 4
1993 "Black Gold" Modern Rock Tracks[9] 6
1993 "Runaway Train" Adult Contemporary[9] 15
1993 "Runaway Train" Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 3
1993 "Runaway Train" Modern Rock Tracks[9] 13
1993 "Runaway Train" The Billboard Hot 100[9] 5
1993 "Runaway Train" Top 40 Mainstream[9] 2
1993 "Somebody to Shove" Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 9
1993 "Without a Trace" Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 6
1993 "Without a Trace" Modern Rock Tracks[9] 27


Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Winner Category
1993 "Runaway Train" Best Rock Song[10]


  1. ^ Sullivan, Denise. "Soul Asylum Grave Dancer's Union review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  2. ^ Robbins, Ira (23 October 1992). "Grave Dancers Union Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union CD Album". Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Soul Asylum". Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  5. ^ "Album Reviews: Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union (Unfinished Review)". Rolling Stone. 31 July 1997. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  6. ^ Zell, Ray (24 October 1992). "Soul Asylum 'Grave Dancers Union'". Kerrang! 415. London, UK: EMAP. 
  7. ^ Klobuchar, Tim. "Former Drummer Finds Asylum Away From Rock". Young's Resort. University of Minnesota. Archived from the original on 2002-11-25. Retrieved 2011-11-13. The beginning of the end for Young's Soul Asylum career actually started during the recording sessions for Grave Dancers Union. 
  8. ^ a b "Grave Dancer's Union Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Grave Dancer's Union Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  10. ^ "Grave Dancer's Union Billboard Grammy Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-13.