Sold Asylum

America's best live band keeps charging along, even without a credit card

Pressed, so to speak, Nancy admitted that an advisory board actually selected S.A. from a number of other candidates. "We went through a process," she says. "My eyes glazed over. I don't know the difference between the Lemonheads and the B-52's. We had a college advisory board and did a phone survey. We asked who they were aware of, who they liked, and who they would go see. The response to Soul Asylum was 100 percent." Beats 99. Besides, Hemenway adds, "they were touring on their own. There were some venues they'd be playing. I guess you'd call it 'gigs.' They were smart for tying into a major corporation. It lends credibility to their reputation. They play nice rock and roll. Nice music."

Whoa! Man, it's hard to get hard these days. And a guitar is a man's best friend. Yesterday's worries are today's. Gullible's travels. Keep it uppp. These rules were made to be broken, made to be broken, made to be broken.

"No, I don't have any plastic," Murphy says. "I tried, but I was delinquent on my college loans. They're paid off, but it stays on your record."

By merely applying, I recently received a MasterCard in the mail. And I'd be perfectly happy to use it to rent the members of Soul Asylum a decent hotel room. Or they can sleep on my floor. As long as they're willing to play a few bars of "Passing Sad Daydream."

No, on second thought, forget it. You do still hate Florida, right Daniel? "More or less." I'm gonna kick his ass.

Soul Asylum, with Screaming Trees and the Spin Doctors, performs at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd, 358-7550. Tickets cost $21 and $22.50.

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