Release Date: Sep 17, 2013
Record label: Snack Bar
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
Soul Coughing stuck out like a sore thumb amid the onslaught of post-grunge bands that speckled the mid-'90s musical landscape, and while a cursory listen of their music would have perhaps heaped them on the periphery of the ska-punk renaissance, the New York quartet proved time and again to be beyond categorization. Equal parts acid jazz, funk, new wave, hip-hop, beat poetry, and about a half-dozen other subgenres, Soul Coughing developed a sound analogous to the hip slacker pop of Beck's Odelay, complete with its own cynical Dadaist musings courtesy of vocalist Mike Doughty. The band's unique fusion of styles was the perfect foil for its lead singer, a jaded street poet who had a knack for pulling beautifully weird bon mots out of nowhere.
It’s typically a sign of desperation when an artist re-records their own songs that were already hits. But in Mike Doughty’s case, he felt he could improve on tunes he originally waxed with his terrific yet under-rated 90s hip-hop, folk, electronica, jazz collective Soul Coughing. And besides, none of them were exactly hits anyway. It’s no secret he and the other Coughing members didn’t get along, a fact he reported in last year’s autobiography The Book of Drugs.
Sebastian Steinberg. Yuval Gabay. Mark De Gli Antoni. These are the three former members of Soul Coughing, the men who Mike Doughty, in his infinite bitterness, could not even bring himself to name in his 2012 memoir, The Book of Drugs. Doughty’s attitude towards his former band has always been ….