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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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  • Revlin

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

    Yesterday 8:48am Reply
  • kabanmuzika

    Move aside, let the man go through

    20 Jan 4:56pm Reply
  • vividserenity

    I love the material this band produced. Mike is a total douche about it in his post-Soul-Coughing days. You guys should hear the things he says about Soul Coughing at shows and during interviews - totally turns me off from listening to Mike's solo material. I can't figure out if he was disgusted with himself for being drug-riddled during those times or if he had a really bad falling out with at least one of the other members, but he doesn't say kind things about Soul Coughing, which is shitty to the other band members.

    30 Dec 2013 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! http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/mikedoughty

    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
  • Nyasa_Lake

    I dont need to walk around in circles.

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • freevolt

    It is 5AM and you are listening to Los Angeles!

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • p-hop

    THE PEOPLES' REPUBLIC OF LUMPS IN MY OATMEAL

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • tylerstravis

    Great to revisit!

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • cgiv6n

    toooooonami

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Vergiss

    Bus to Beelzebub - fucking epic!

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • random_specimen

    quite good.. have to investigate them

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
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