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Mike Doughty engaged the production help of David Kahne (who'd produced parts of Soul Coughing’s Irresistible Bliss) for one track here, the Tom Waits/hipster-grooved “(You Should Be) Doubly (Gratified).” For the remainder of the album, Doughty produces alongside Pat Dillett, whose credits include David Byrne, St. Vincent, and They Might Be Giants. Together, they capture a more naturalistic tone than the processed pop of the excellent Haughty Melodic and Golden Delicious studio albums. The less structured and less carefully arranged tunes let Doughty veer toward stream-of-consciousness beatnik hip-hop, heard especially well on “Pleasure on Credit” and “(He’s Got The) Whole World (In His Hands).” Occasionally a larger production might drive a song harder, but there’s still plenty of energy to “(When I) Box the Days (Up),” even if the parenthetical titles can be a bit loopy. A cover of Daniel Johnston’s “Casper the Friendly Ghost” brings out the beauty in the outsider artist’s work without losing its quirky spark.

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Maudlin man

There's something so wonderfully enchanting about Mike Doughty's music; his lyrics are alternately playful and heartfelt, you can really feel his emotions in each and every song he performs. Although I preffered his previous album, Golden Delicious, Sad Man Happy Man is still beautiful!


Born: June 10, 1970 in Fort Knox, KY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Before emerging as a solo artist, Mike Doughty (known as M. Doughty during the early stages of his career) was best known as the frontman of the unique avant-garde group Soul Coughing. Formed in 1992, Soul Coughing took shape after Doughty met Yuval Gabay, Sebastian Steinberg, and Mark de Gli Antoni while working as a doorman at the Knitting Factory, a staple of New York City's underground music scene. The four musicians signed with Slash/Warner Bros. in 1993 after making a name for themselves on...
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