Misery (Soul Asylum song)

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Misery SA CD Single.jpg
Single by Soul Asylum
from the album Let Your Dim Light Shine
Released 1995
Format Cassette, CD
Recorded 1995
Genre Alternative rock, grunge
Length 4:24
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Dave Pirner
Producer(s) Butch Vig & Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum singles chronology
"Summer of Drugs"
"Just Like Anyone"

"Summer of Drugs"
"Just Like Anyone"

"Misery" is a 1995 song performed by the Minneapolis rock band Soul Asylum. Although Let Your Dim Light Shine critically suffered in comparison to its predecessor, Grave Dancers Union, the single, "Misery", reached number 20 on The Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the US. The song featured prominently in Kevin Smith's 2006 movie Clerks II and on an episode of the TV show Hindsight. It was also parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic as "Syndicated Inc." on his album Bad Hair Day. The B side on the single is Hope, a cover song from the Descendents' first album Milo Goes to College (1982).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Misery" - 4:24
  2. "Hope" (The Descendents) - 2:05

Limited Edition Track listing[edit]

  1. "Misery" - 4:24
  2. "Hope" (The Descendents) - 2:05
  3. "Fearless Leader"
  4. "You'll Live for Now"
  5. "Summer of Drugs" (Victoria Williams)

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Misery" features footage of the band performing onstage intercut with film of what appears to be the making of the "Misery" CD single itself.


Chart (1995) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 3
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 1
US Billboard Hot 100 20
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 16
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 13
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[1] 16
Canadian RPM Alternative 30[2] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 99

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 62, No. 20, December 18, 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 62, No. 20, December 18, 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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