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Mike Doughty

Mike Doughty

Mike Doughty (/'do?ti?/ DOH-tee; born June 10, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter and author. He founded the band Soul Coughing in the 1990s.Soul CoughingWhile a doorman at the New York club The Knitting Factory (in that era, a hotbed of avant-garde jazz), Doughty founded Soul Coughing. The band released three critically and commercially successful albums, Ruby Vroom (1994), Irresistible Bliss (1996) and El Oso (1998). The greatest hits album Lust in Phaze was released in 2002.Solo careerDoughty broke up Soul Coughing in 2000 due to personal problems: He was wearying of the band, and he was addicted to opiate painkillers, heroin, and alcohol. He was promptly dropped by Warner Brothers, and began traveling in a rental car (covering 9,000 miles on his first tour) playing acoustic shows. After shows he would sit at the front of the stage and sell copies of his acoustic album Skittish — then on CD-Rs in plain white sleeves. Warner Brothers had rejected the record in 1996. During his three-year tour, Doughty sold 20,000 copies of Skittish and gradually developed a following independent of Soul Coughing.He remained without a label until, when playing the Bonnaroo music festival in 2004, Doughty bumped into Dave Matthews, a longtime Soul Coughing fan who had the band open for him on two US tours, including shows at Madison Square Garden. When Matthews professed to be a fan of Doughty's solo record Rockity Roll and the song "27 Jennifers", Doughty gave him a CD with rough mixes of an album he had been working on in Minneapolis with singer-songwriter and producer Dan Wilson. Matthews eventually released the album on his ATO label as Haughty Melodic (an anagram for 'Michael Doughty'.) Haughty Melodic's single, "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well," was featured on episodes of Veronica Mars and Grey's Anatomy, and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, marking a return to the musical mainstream.In 2012, Doughty published a memoir called The Book of Drugs, covering his formative years as a musician, what he called the "dark, abusive marriage" that was Soul Coughing, and his experiences with addiction and recovery.Doughty took part in the YouTube project The Good Stuff in an episode dedicated to the "rock star lifestyle". He was interviewed by Craig Benzine and discussed his opinion of what it is like to be a rock star.On September 17, 2013, Doughty released a crowd-funded album remaking a collection of old Soul Coughing songs. The official album name consists of the titles of all 13 songs on the album, but Doughty shortens it to Circles Super Bon Bon... on his website.Solo discographySkittish (recorded 1996; released 2000)Smofe + Smang: Live in Minneapolis (2002)Rockity Roll (2003)Skittish / Rockity Roll (2004)Haughty Melodic (2005) #175 U.S.The Gambler (2005)Golden Delicious (2008) #87 U.S.Busking (2008)Busking EP (2008)Sad Man Happy Man (2009) #138 U.S.Dubious Luxury (2011)Yes and Also Yes (2011) #177 U.S.The Question Jar Show (2012)The Lo–Fi Lodge (2012)The Flip Is Another Honey (2012) #199 U.S.Circles, Super Bon Bon, and The Very Best Of Soul Coughing (2013) #65 U.S."Water and Washington" (2013)Music videos"Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well""27 Jennifers""Fort Hood""Put It Down""(You Should Be) Doubly (Gratified)""(I Keeping On) Rising Up""Na Na Nothing""Take Me Home, Country Roads""Sunshine""Super Bon Bon (Re-Imagined)""The Idiot Kings (Re-Imagined)

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