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New York, United States (1992 – 2000)

Soul Coughing was a New York-based alternative rock band. The band found modest mainstream success during the mid-to-late 90’s. Soul Coughing developed a devout fanbase and have garnered largely positive response from critics. Steve Huey describes the band as “one of the most unique cult bands of the ’90s … 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’).

Soul Coughing,was founded by vocalist and guitarist Mike Doughty (who billed himself at the time as ‘M. Doughty’), a folk singer, slam poet, and music writer.

Doughty was a doorman at the old Knitting Factory on Houston Street in New York. While working there he met sampler artist Mark De Gli Antoni, upright bass player Sebastian Steinberg, drummer Yuval Gabay, and artist David Linton. Doughty convinced them to join him in forming a new band. They played their first gig, as ‘M. Doughty’s Soul Coughing’ at the Knitting Factory on June 15, 1992, a late-Monday night slot that Doughty cadged from his boss because nobody else wanted it. In 1993, he founded a club night called SLAW at CBGB’s 313 Gallery, which was meant to emulate the popular jazz and hip hop club Giant Step, but eventually became a showcase for Soul Coughing. Posters for SLAW were headlined ‘Deep Slacker Jazz’ (a parody of The Who’s slogan ‘Maximum R&B’), which became an enduring description of the band’s sound.


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  • Nimbie

    I got the will to drive myself sleepless

    11 May 10:37am Reply
  • wholly-mountain

    Rolling is a song about MDMA. Soul Coughing were filthy drug users and Mike Doughty found Jesus. That's why they broke up.

    11 Feb 8:21am Reply
  • wheresyourblues

    spiral down down down down down down down

    5 Oct 2014 Reply
  • jlafargue

    Actually, I think Yuval, Mark and Seb are still good friends. It's just that Mike hates everyone.

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Coby653

    A Soul Coughing reunion will never happen because everyone in the band hates each other.

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • kotsa200

    It is amazing that in a 'Reunion' era, one of the best rock bands of the nineties have yet to decide to make their come back. I want a Soul Coughing reunion and I want it now. But just read vividserenity comment and now my hopes are even lowered.

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • papabuscemeys

    shame these guys only released three albums, they've got so many non-album tracks floating around they could've easily compiled them into at least two more albums

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • p-hop

    I really love Soul Coughing. Mike's more recent stuff is good, but it just gets me itching for more Soul Coughing. Anyone have some recommendations for similar 90s alt rock/jazzy stuff like this? This is one of the only times's similar artists tab has failed me. If you have anything to share, leave me a shout or private message. I appreciate it. :)

    29 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Revlin

    @NeilTheRockGuru Might not be far off the forumla, there!

    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • kabanmuzika

    Move aside, let the man go through

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • tylerstravis

    I miss these guys!

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • NeilTheRockGuru

    Beck + De La Soul = Soul Coughing ??

    5 Aug 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
  • roby718

    I've got a bunch of hard-to-find albums, including "Made Especially For You"

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • petitefille_

    It is 5 am and you are listening to Los Angeles

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • circlesinspace

    The b-sides kick ass. Buddha Rhubarb Butter. so fucking chill

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • DjNinja88

    you can't use words like that St. Louise Is Listening.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • myinnersense

    The reeeeeeeeaalllist of the real

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • iloveyoursister

    thanks for teaching me how to count by 5's before i could count by 2's.

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • skmelanie

    I've had City of Motors on repeat for much of the last 3 days...what a great, chill song to take a roadtrip to.

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
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