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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 inventive sampling and keyboard artistry of Mark Degli Antoni undergirded the band's distinct sound.
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). They enjoyed minor hit singles with "Circles", "Super Bon Bon", and "Screenwriter's Blues." In 1996, the band contributed to the AIDS benefit album Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip produced by the Red Hot Organization. They also had songs featured in the movies The X-Files ("Unmarked Helicopters"), Batman and Robin ("The Bug"), Tommy Boy and Spawn ("A Plane Scraped Its Belly on a Sooty Yellow Moon" featuring 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 and on the soundtrack for the PlayStation game Gran Turismo 2 released in 1999.
Soul Coughing broke up in early 2000, after years of feuding over songwriting credits and publishing. Following their breakup the band released Lust in Phaze (2002), a greatest hits compilation including a few B-sides.
Rhino Records has reissued their three studio albums to 180 gram black vinyl on August 24, 2015 in the US and September 4 in the UK. This marks the first time Ruby Vroom has ever been pressed to vinyl. 
|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||Tokyo, Japan 03.02.97
|2005||New York, NY 16.08.99
|Rennes, France 03.12.94
|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 June 13, 2005.
- 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)