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Soul Coughing, 1998.
|Origin||New York City|
|Genres||Alternative rock, alternative hip hop, experimental rock, funk rock, jazz fusion|
Mark Degli Antoni
Soul Coughing was an American alternative rock band. Based in New York City, the band found modest mainstream success during the mid-to-late 1990s. Soul Coughing developed a devout fanbase and have garnered largely positive response from critics. Steve Huey in AllMusic describes the band as "one of the most unusual cult bands of the 1990s...driven by frontman Mike 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')."
The band was signed within a year to Warner Bros. subsidiary Slash Records, and released three albums: Ruby Vroom (1994), Irresistible Bliss (1996), and El Oso (1998). In 1996, the band contributed to the AIDS benefit album Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip produced by the Red Hot Organization. They enjoyed minor hit singles with "Circles", "Super Bon Bon", and "Screenwriter's Blues." They also had songs featured in the movies The X-Files film (Fight the Future), Batman and Robin, Tommy Boy and Spawn (a song called "A Plane Scraped Its Belly on a Sooty Yellow Moon", a collaboration with drum and bass artist Roni Size). Their song "Super Bon Bon" was included on the soundtrack for the 2K Sports video game The Bigs 2 released in 2009. Also released following their breakup was Lust in Phaze (2002), a greatest hits compilation including a few B-sides.
Breakup and afterwards
The band broke up in early 2000, after years of feuding over songwriting credits and publishing.
|Year||Album details||Chart peaks||Certifications|
|1994||Ruby Vroom||−||−||Gold (as of 2013)|
||136||−||Gold (as of 2012)|
||49||200||Gold (as of 2000)|
|2002||Lust in Phaze||−||−|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
|2004||New York, NY 16.08.99
|Rennes, France 03.12.94
|Tokyo, Japan 03.02.97
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1994||"Down to This"||−||−||−||Ruby Vroom|
|1995||"Sugar Free Jazz"||−||−||−|
|1996||"Soundtrack to Mary"||37||−||−||Irresistible Bliss|
|"Super Bon Bon"||27||−||−|
|"St. Louise Is Listening"||−||−||−|
|"−" denotes singles that did not chart.|
- Huey, Steve. "Soul Coughing band profile". Allmusic. Retrieved 2005-06-13.
- Soul Coughing Underground - An unofficial website including a discography, guitar tablature, and other information
- website of Mike Doughty
- Mike Doughty's blog
- website of Mark degli Antoni
- Soul Coughing collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
- Suckerfied Assman Tripping In His Own Dribble: An Appreciation of Soul Coughing (No Ripcord feature)