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Mike Doughty


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Fort Knox, Kentucky (1992 – present)

Mike Doughty (born June 10, 1970, in Fort Knox, Kentucky) is an American indie and alternative rock singer-songwriter and author. The former frontman of Soul Coughing from 1992, Doughty began writing solo songs in 1995, but nothing materialized until Soul Coughing broke up in 2000. At this point Doughty began touring solo with his acoustic guitar (after becoming clean and sober). His album Skittish (recorded 1996; released 2000) was finally released, along with the EP Rockity Roll. Doughty then formed a touring band including an upright bass, drums and keyboard.

Doughty’s sound is that of muted acoustic guitar rhythms and nasally vocals with impeccable melodies. His lyrics are unique, and he can be described as a master wordsmith. He turned to a new direction for his 2008 album, Golden Delicious. Instead of an acoustic gritty sound, he began using things like electric guitars, stronger vocal backgrounds and even a cello.

Doughty’s album, Yes and Also Yes, was released in August 2011. In January 2012, The Book of Drugs, Doughty’s memoir about his “ugly, drug-doing years”, was published by Da Capo Press. In 2012 Doughty recorded a version of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” for a fund-raising cd titled “Super Hits Of The Seventies” for radio station WFMU. Doughty’s album, The Question Jar Show, was released in late January 2012. It is a two disc set containing highlights from his Question Jar tour.

Skittish LP (recorded 1996; released 2000)
Smofe + Smang: Live in Minneapolis LP (2002)
Rockity Roll EP (2003)
Skittish / Rockity Roll double LP (2004): A two disc re-release which includes the out-of-print Skittish, the Rockity Roll EP, and five bonus tracks.


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  • QuiveringGroove

    Soul Coughing not only had a great name, they had a Great Groove. Doughty solo work, seems to lack that bite they had in their groove.

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Jacob_Grimm

    Water and Washington is definitely more palatable to those who prefer Mike's output and it's probably the closest he's come to going back to the sound present on Skittish in quite a long while (live stuff excluded).

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • FerociousPanda

    Agree with JAMOOL although I do like Doughty's new version of St. Louise Is Listening.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply

    agreed with below, if you dig Doughty's solo work over SC then you'll probably like this, but Soul Coughing fans should beware that basically everything Steinberg, Gabay, and De Gli Antoni did on those records is totally neutered and replaced with stock samples and drum loops (which already sound about 20 years out of date).

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • sufferingnside

    the new acoustic demo album kicks ass

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Jacob_Grimm

    That album mentioned below is out now and while I don't dislike it entirely I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed the Soul Coughing versions of those songs to listen with extreme caution. He ruined Unmarked Helicopters on it and sucked away the cool vibe How Many Cans originally had. Definitely a YMMV album.

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • uniquecrash5

    Hey cool, Mike is gonna re-record/re-imagine some Soul Coughing tunes - if he gets enough money pledged to the project. Go! Go now!

    29 Apr 2013 Reply

    I definitely agree with that - Steinberg's comments in the wake of the book totally make sense, that Doughty really only thought a song was something that was sung and literally could not discern what the other band members were contributing. I think Doughty's songwriting got better over the years but the more I listen to the SC records the more I realize that it was the other members who I really enjoyed listening to, not necessarily Doughty. That said I'm really glad he's still around and would definitely see him live if he were to come by!

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Jacob_Grimm

    The Book of Drugs certainly doesn't do anything to win Mike over in the eyes of his detractors and (no matter how much it needed to be put out there) kind of insults a lot of the fans who supported the man throughout his solo career. You can be as down to earth as you want to be, but it doesn't exempt you from being an asshole as well.

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • FerociousPanda

    @joshbrogan: Making no sense there. You're seriously delusional if you think Doughty is an egoistic asshole who only cares about money. I'd advise you to listen to some of his live performances (which are released online for free, legally) to see how down to earth he is, although those are probably wasted on you too.

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • joshbrogan

    judging from the current "personalised" recording he's offering, this guy is a money grubbing, egotistical asshole who thinks he's worth much more than he actually is. fuck this dude for doing a disservice to music and his fans

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • freevolt

    Mike's solo stuff is far better than anything Soul Coughing ever created.

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • beau99

    Mike's ALWAYS been acoustic.

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Cemetary_walk

    who cares if he develops a twang? the amazing songwriting would be more than enough to carry it. Besides, country done right is awesome anyhow

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Q306005

    The acoustic choice in instrumentation almost borders on country... I swear to GOD if Doughty suddenly develops a twang in his voice, I am gonna boycott everything he's ever done.

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Nirvfan

    Can't wait to see you in Chicago in November!!

    27 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Tiagosector

    new album is totaly awesome!

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • cp_manat

    no peace los angeles

    16 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Jacob_Grimm

    Anyway... I'm glad to see Mike releasing another album.

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Daizzy_Frozen

    Anyway... I miss Soul Coughing [2]

    27 May 2011 Reply
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