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Mike Doughty

Before emerging as a solo artist, Mike Doughty (known as M. Doughty during the early stages of his career) was best known as the frontman of the unique avant-garde group Soul Coughing. Formed in 1992, Soul Coughing took shape after Doughty met Yuval Gabay, Sebastian Steinberg, and Mark de Gli Antoni while working as a doorman at the Knitting Factory, a staple of New York City's underground music scene. The four musicians signed with Slash/Warner Bros. in 1993 after making a name for themselves on the local scene with a fusion of rock, Doughty's beatnik-inspired lyrics, and elements of hip-hop and electronic music. Releasing their first of three albums the following year, Soul Coughing enjoyed only moderate commercial success over the next six years with the singles "Super Bon Bon" and "Circles." However, their unclassifiable style kept them apart from the mainstream, which became beneficial as the initial boom of alternative rock in the early '90s subsided considerably.

In March 2000, the members of Soul Coughing split up to work on their own side projects. Shortly after the breakup, Doughty -- who had been writing as a columnist for New York Press on the side -- embarked on a solo acoustic tour, playing material from a then-unreleased solo album recorded in 1995 entitled Skittish. After bootleg copies of the album surfaced on the file-sharing network Napster, Doughty released an official version of Skittish on his website in October 2000. A stripped-down acoustic effort, Skittish featured some of Doughty's most direct and personal lyrics, accompanied by his signature, syncopated guitar-playing style.

In addition to overcoming drug addiction and beginning work on a second solo album, Doughty continued to do solo tours and was heard contributing vocals to BT's club hit "Never Gonna Come Back Down," and collaborating with John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants for a CD that accompanied an issue of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. He also composed the soundtrack to a trailer for New York City's Gen Art Film Festival.

In July 2002, Doughty released the limited-edition live album Smofe + Smang: Live in Minneapolis. It featured a large selection of solo material as well as Soul Coughing classics. A book of poetry entitled Slanky, which was initially self-released in 1995, also coincided with the live album. In 2003, more solo work surfaced in the form of the Rockity Roll EP, which was then combined with the Skittish album and re-released with a handful of bonus tracks when Doughty signed to ATO Records in 2004. In 2005, Doughty released his first solo effort to feature a band, Haughty Melodic, which contained fleshed-out studio versions of several songs debuted on Smofe + Smang, and 2008's Golden Delicious followed suit. The latter album cracked the Billboard 100, Doughty's first solo release to do so, and he quickly returned in 2009 with another record, Sad Man Happy Man.

In 2011, he released the full-length Yes and Also Yes on his own Snack Bar label. In 2012, Doughty released a second book,The Book of Drugs, a memoir about his life with Soul Coughing and his struggles with addiction, as well as the live album The Question Jar Show and The Flip Is Another Honey, which featured Doughty covering artists from Thin Lizzy to Randy Newman. Hip-hop producer Good Goose helped Doughty revamp a set of Soul Coughing material following a successful spring 2013 PledgeMusic campaign, which helped him raise funds for the sessions. The lengthily titled release, named after every track that appears on the album, arrived in September of that year. The singer returned in 2014 with a pair of releases, including Live at Ken's House, which featured the versions of the Circles Super Bon Bon... songs Doughty played with a full band on tour, and Stellar Motel, an album of new material that found him continuing to fuse dance music and hip-hop into his singer/songwriter sound. He followed it in 2016 with The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, his first album from Memphis, Tennessee after leaving New York, which he'd called home since the '80s. ~ Lee Meyer
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Stellar Motel

1. Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating In The Future

2. When The Night Is Long

3. Oh My God Yeah F**k It (Feat. Moon Hooch & Miss Eaves)

4. Raging On

5. Let Me Lie (Feat. Big Dipper)

6. These Are Your Friends

7. Let's Go To The Motherf**king Movies

8. The Champion (Feat. MC Frontalot & Laura Lee Bishop)

9. Pretty Wild (Feat. Ash Wednesday, Clara Bizna$$, & Uncle Meg From H.J.A.)

10. When You Come Home

11. (Somato - A Revolving Lantern) (Feat. Kim From Uhnellys)

12. Change

13. To See The Sun Come Down (Feat. Jay Boogie & Andrew "Scrap" Livingston)

14. The Brightness

15. In The Rising Sun (Feat. Laura Lee Bishop)

16. Better Days Come Around

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Track List: Circles Super Bon Bon Sleepless...

1. Sleepless

3. True Dreams Of Wichita

4. Super Bon Bon

5. Mr. Bitterness

6. The Idiot Kings

7. Monster Man

8. Maybe I'll Come Down

9. Unmarked Helicopters

10. So Far I Have Not Found The Science

11. I Miss The Girl

12. Circles

13. St. Louise Is Listening

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Track List: The Question Jar Show

Disc 1

1. Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well

2. Busting Up A Starbucks

4. (I Keep On) Rising Up

5. Ossining

7. (You Should Be) Doubly (Gratified)

8. I Wrote A Song About Your Car

9. Like A Luminous Girl

11. Shunned + Falsified

12. Rising Sign

13. (He's Got The) Whole World (In His Hands)

14. Madeline And Nine

Disc 2

2. Nectarine, Pt. 2

4. Down On The River By The Sugar Plant

5. I Hear The Bells

8. Grey Ghost

9. Tremendous Brunettes

10. (I Want To) Burn You (Down)

11. 27 Jennifers

14. Your Misfortune

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Track List: Sad Man Happy Man

1. Nectarine

2. Rising Up

3. Doubly

4. Lorna Zauberberg

5. Burn You

6. Pleasure On Credit

7. Lord Lord Help Me Just To Rock Rock On

8. Whole World

9. Box The Days

10. Year Of The Dog

11. Diane

12. How To F**k A Republican

13. Casper The Friendly Ghost

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Track List: Golden Delicious

1. Fort Hood

2. I Just Want The Girl In The Blue Dress To Keep On Dancing

3. Put It Down

4. More Bacon Than The Pan Can Handle

5. 27 Jennifers (GD)

6. I Wrote A Song About Your Car

7. I Got The Drop On You

8. Wednesday (Contra La Puerta)

9. Like A Luminous Girl

10. Nectarine (Part One)

11. Navigating By The Stars At Night

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Track List: Haughty Melodic

1. Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well

2. Unsingable Name

3. Madeline And Nine

4. Busting Up A Starbucks

5. White Lexus

6. American Car

7. Tremendous Brunettes

8. I Hear The Bells

9. Sunken-Eyed Girl

10. Grey Ghost

11. His Truth Is Marching On

12. Your Misfortune

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Track List: Skittish / Rockity Roll

Disc 1

1. The Only Answer

2. The Pink Life

3. Real Love / It's Only Life

4. No Peace, Los Angeles

5. Where Have You Gone?

6. Thank You, Lord, For Sending Me the F Train

7. Looks

8. Shunned + Falsified

9. All the Dirt

10. Sweet Lord in Heaven

11. Language Barrier

12. Rising Sign

Disc 2

1. Ways + Means

2. 27 Jennifers

3. Down on the River by the Sugar Plant

4. 40 Grand in the Hole

5. Ossining

6. Cash Cow

7. The Only Answer ((Live at Bonnaroo 2004 Bonus Track))

8. Move On (Bloom Like the Sunlight in My Song) ((Live at Bonnaroo 2004 Bonus Track))

9. I Failed to Use It ((Skittish Outtake Bonus Track))

10. Laundrytown ((Skittish Outtake Bonus Track))

11. Get Along ((Bonus Track))

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Track List: Busking

1. Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well (Live)

2. Thank You, Lord, For Sending Me The F Train (Live)

3. The Only Answer (Live)

4. 40 Grand In The Hole (Live)

5. Grey Ghost (Live)

6. Sunkeneyed Girl (Live)

7. Madeline +9 (Live)

8. Rising Sign (Live)

9. Shunned And Falsified (Live)

10. Tremendous Brunettes (Live)

11. Busting Up A Starbuxxx (Live)

12. White Lexus (Live)

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Track List: Dubious Luxury

1. Soundythigh

2. O.S.S.U.M (Feat. Erica Livingston)

3. Gimme The Cake (Feat. Todd Colby)

4. Powerful Medium/The Claw (Feat. Rachel Benbow Murdy)

5. Uh-Murr-Kah

6. Let's Turn On

7. Oona Bet Door

8. Do You Find Me Sexy? (Feat. Rachel Benbow Murdy)

9. I Just Want To Be Mellow, Man (Feat. Becky Yamamoto)

10. Oh Ray Ray

11. Are You Here? I Am Here (Feat. Joanne Kyger, "News From Maya Land," 1976)

12. That's Right (Feat. Young Jean Lee)

13. Chinese Spies

14. You Don't Have To Think About What To Do

15. More Bacon Than The Pan Can Handle (Feat. Stephanie Beatriz) (Remix)

16. Cheap Suite: Yuley Gum, Labrador, Soledad O'Brien (Roland MC-307 Recorded By A Mic In Front Of Tiny Amplifier)

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Track List: Half Smofe: Live In Minneapolis

1. Lazy Bones (Live)

2. Sunkeneyed Girl (Live)

3. Busting Up A Starbucks (Live)

4. Maybe I'll Come Down (Live)

5. Madeline And Nine (Live)

6. Thank You Lord For Sending Me The F Train (Live)

7. Rising Sign (Live)

8. Grey Ghost (Live)

9. Soft Serve (Live)

10. True Dreams Of Wichita (Live)

11. Train To Chicago (Live)

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Track List: Haughty Melodic (Deluxe Remaster)

1. Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well

2. Unsingable Name

3. Madeline And Nine

4. Busting Up A Starbucks

5. White Lexus

6. American Car

7. Tremendous Brunettes

8. I Hear The Bells

9. Sunken-Eyed Girl

10. Grey Ghost

11. His Truth Is Marching On

12. Your Misfortune

13. I'm Still Drinking In My Dreams

14. All The Time

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Track List: Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago (Single)

1. Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago

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Track List: Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating In The Future (Single)

1. Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating In The Future

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Track List: Live At Ken's House

1. So Far I Have Not Found The Science / Moon Sammy (Live)

2. St. Louise Is Listening (Live)

3. Soft Serve (Live)

4. Bus To Beelzebub (Live)

5. How Many Cans? / Monster Man (Live)

6. Lazybones (Live)

7. Fully Retractable (Live)

8. 300 (Live)

9. Maybe I'll Come Down (Live)

10. Super Bon Bon (Live)

11. Super Bon Bon (Live (H.J.A. Version))

12. Sugar Free Jazz (Live)

13. Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago (Live)

14. Circles (Live)

15. Unmarked Helicopters (Live)

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Track List: The Flip Is Another Honey

1. Sunshine

2. A Fanfare

3. Jimmy Bell

4. Take Me Home, Country Roads

5. Southern Girls

6. Tightrope

7. Send In The Clowns

8. Running Back

9. Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat

10. Boy + Angel

11. Reach Out/Higher State Of Consciousness

12. Ta Douleur

13. Mankind

14. Mistress

15. Words

16. Honey's Ghost, No. 1 (No Vocal) (Dub)

17. Honey's Ghost, No. 2 (No Vocal) (Dub)

18. Honey's Ghost, No. 3 (No Vocal) (Dub)

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Track List: The Gambler

1. The Gambler (Studio Version)

2. Strange Powers (Live On XM Radio's "The Loft)

3. St. Louise Is Listening (Live On KCRW)

4. Busting Up A Starbucks (Live On KEXP)

5. The King Of Carrot Flowers (Live On KEXP)

6. Janine (Live From The Street In Seattle)

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Track List: Yes And Also Yes

1. Na Na Nothing

2. Into The Un

3. Day By Day By

4. Holiday (What Do You Want?)

5. Russell

6. Strike The Motion

7. Have At It

8. Makelloser Mann

9. The Huffer And The Cutter

10. Rational Man

11. Telegenic Exes, #1 (Hapless Dancers)

12. Weird Summer

13. Vegetable

14. Telegenic Exes, #2 (Astoria)

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gatorwearsdo u b l e d e n i m
Grand Lyrics Arbitor, please change pass young cheesy to blast Young Jeezy in the Doughty song Fort Hood. Rarely will I advocate indirectly or otherwise for Young Jeezy but that's just...bad.
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MIke Doughty is playing in Fort Plain NY tonight 7/11/15 for $7.50 in this cool old church. check out Mohawk Valley Collective on Facebook for info
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Catching him doing a Living Room show in KC next month... Kind of giddy
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pacorojo
Does anyone else find that Mike Doughty songs play in pairs on Pandora? It seems like right after a soul coughing song a Solo song comes up every time. I like it but it is strange how often it happens. :)
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meh
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chrispage66
Mike Doughty will be touring with Moon Hooch. Seeing them in Portland Oregon in November!
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I am that guy you told to shut the f**k up at collinsviill e CT Ilove you
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stevemd04
he's awesome & i miss soul coughing
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Mike Doughty is one of the greatest songwriters I've heard.
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thelarosas1
my god his lyrics just blow mind mind every time with every song.
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I knew a dougherty his name was mike he did the drugs but didnot make it thank ur lucky stars ur here to write about it...lol love ur muisc brand new fan...take care


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I saw him last week inTampa and he read from his new book about 20-30 minutes of the show. Narcissist! Brian J.
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laura.m.oliv e r
Love the Dought-ster! Going to see him in DC tonight at the 9:30 Club & I'm so excited! I might have to bust up a Starbucks on the way ;)
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Mike Doughty is one stand up fella. His music gets better and better every year.
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I saw M. Doughty at the Canopy Club in Champaign. He opened for some band that I was not to impressed with so my buddy and I split during the headlining act. Lo and behold Mike Doughty was hanging right outside the club. He talked with us for about 10 minutes. Great guy! He told us he was going back on to do some songs with the headliner. We had to sneak back in. Great night, great guy, great music. Thanks Mike!
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I miss them most.
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was anyone a fan of the show "Homicide"? Scene where Andre Braugher (Frank Pembleton) is walking and Super Bon Bon is playing. Simply perfect!
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Once saw Soul Coughing 4 straight nights here in MPLS. Good times...
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I miss them more.
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i miss them, too.
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I miss Soul Coughing...
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Great live. He has an amazing connection with the audience.
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Wow awesome to discover solo Doughty,he's always been a big inspiration & motivational artist from my perspective. Thank you for rocking my melon into rebellin
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Yeah, that should probably say "...Mike Doughty (known as M. Doughty during the early stages of his career)..."
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Very cool. One of those unmistakable voices. Wish there were more artists like him.

Also:
"...Mike Doughty (known as Mike Doughty during the early stages of his career).." (from the summary up there)
Uhm, what?
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he's one of my all time favorite artists & one of those actually nice human beings! i've been fortunate to cross paths on the street - literally - i ran into him on the U of MN campus years ago (Soul Coughing era) - his mom used to play in the MN Orchestra & i've meet her several times. YAY M DOUGHTY!!
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doomiedoom
I had no idea he did any solo work, Im really loving it. american car is a beautiful song...
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I can't think of a better topic to sing about than girls - though I think MD sings about a lot more than that. One of my favorite artists.
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he is totally awesome live. I saw him when he was opening for BNL and got an autographed cd. Nice guy, very talented songwriter. His songs are instantly memorable and hummable.
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chris62881
he's a crybaby who kicks people out of his shows regularly (for talking) and he sings too many songs about girls.
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All hail King Mike. Spectacular! Anyone who doesn't know his music needs to check it out. But make sure and listen closely to the words. They are Mike's true contribution to the music world. Best artist ever!
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M. Doughty is a god among men.....
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We are waiting for a Soul Couging reunites world tour the best f**king band in recent history !!!!!!!
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M. D is is a true artist and totally unique! He is a fantastic performer and a true guitar virtuoso, for anyone who hasn't seen him live check it out!!!! It is totally worth it!!!!!!

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