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Due to personal circumstances, producer Tchad Blake turned down plans to produce Irresistible Bliss. Blake had been an important part of Soul Coughing’s debut album, 1994’s Ruby Vroom, and his unavailability led Soul Coughing’s leader M. Doughty to rethink his strategy and try for a more streamlined approach with pop producer David Kahne (The Bangles, Fishbone). Several tunes—“Super Bon Bon,” “Soft Serve," and “Soundtrack to Mary”—caught on at the college-radio level and somewhat beyond. More importantly, the album proved that the band wasn't a one-trick pony or too hip for the room. It was always apparent that Doughty could write lyrics and that his bandmates could play rings around the competition, but Irresistible Bliss showed that the band had heart to go with its versatility. Doughty’s vocals throughout the album—especially on the reflective “Lazybones” and the nasty stalking noir-funk-blues “Paint”—explain much of the band’s appeal. 

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A masterpiece!

This CD lived in my player for over a year. For my money it is the greatest album of the 90's.

Overlooked '90s Classic

Oh the 1990s, how I long for you again...This band and their albums fuse hip-hop talk/sing and beats to intrumental jazz and abstract washes of noise and samples. Obviously the vocals and words will not be for everyone, but for those of us that were there, this a soundtrack to our youth. I maintain that beyond the nostalgia there is some talent on display here along with some good grooves. If you grew up in the '90s and listened to Beck and other alt music of the era but missed these guys, you might want to check this out. My personal favs are Soft Serve, Soundtrack to Mary, Lazybones, Disseminated, How Many Cans.


Had the CD, going to download via iTunes. Great 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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