Soul Asylum first hit the Minneapolis music scene in early 1981. Core members Dave Pirner, Dan Murphy, and Karl Mueller met at local punk rock shows. Coming up in the shadow of formidable bands like Hüsker Dü and The Replacements, who they were all big fans of, was daunting but, ultimately, it inspired them to make a name for themselves. Soul Asylum stood out immediately because of their work ethic and smart, punky hard rock sound. They made four records for hometown label Twin/Tone Records before moving on to the majors; first A&M, then Columbia, where they scored two platinum albums and won a Best Rock Song Grammy for "Runaway Train."
Originally produced by Tom Herbers (Jayhawks, Gear Daddies, Low), this reissue was co-produced by Twin/Tone Records co-founder and Replacements manager, Peter Jesperson and Grammy-winner and Omnivore Recordings co-founder, Cheryl Pawelski. Clam Dip & Other Delights is now newly expanded to album length and features the original tracks from the U.K. and U.S. releases, and some previously unissued demos cut around the same time. Additionally, this fresh expanded vinyl pressing of Clam Dip & Other Delights is the first since it's original 1988 U.K. and 1989 U.S. pressings and has beenrestored and mastered by Grammy-award winning engineer, Michael Graves at Osiris Studio and cut by Chris Muth at Taloowa.