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Soul Coughing

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The best bands often zig when zagging is the current fashion, and when New York City's Soul Coughing released its musically sophisticated 1994 debut album at the height of the grunge boom, it quickly earned a sizable cult following of hipsters disaffected by pop hype. Mainstay M. Doughty's heady cocktail of beat poetry, bop influences, and hip-hop rhythms (he once dubbed it "deep slackerjazz") seems further removed from the Seattle sensibility than by a mere continent, as evidenced by the spare, cinematic cool of "True Dreams of Wichita," "Janine," and "Screenwriter Blues." Yet Doughty is also playful enough to mash himself between samples of The Andrews Sisters and Howlin' Wolf on "Down to This," a hip-hop–bred sensibility that finds everyday sounds transformed (courtesy of Mark de Gli Antoni) into the unlikeliest of rhythm and percussion devices throughout.

Customer Reviews

C'mon, everyone knows....

Screenwriter's Blues is the best Soul Coughing song ever. AND one of the best songs ever. Test my theory, I dare you.


Amazing band!!! Love you guys


Couldn't be a more creative sound!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE Soul Coughing! Anyone interested in a sound that surpasses anything that 90s grunge did, check these guys out! Also, one of the best CDs for me is Irresistible Bliss by Soul Coughing. No diss to this one, but Irresistible Bliss is the best of what they offer, in my opinion. Get them all, though, if you're looking for interesting and creative stuff that goes beyond the "typical". This is IT!!! And look at Mike Doughty's solo work as well. VERY good music!!!


Formed: 1992 in New York City, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the most unique cult bands of the '90s, Soul Coughing anchored a new crop of quirky, unclassifiable bands that emerged in the post-grunge era, including Morphine, the Eels, and Cake. Driven by frontman M. Doughty's stream-of-consciousness poetry, Soul Coughing's sound was a willfully idiosyncratic mix of improvisational jazz grooves, oddball samples, hip-hop, electronics, and noisy experimentalism (described by Doughty as "deep slacker jazz"). Even at the height of the alternative rock era,...
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