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Mike Doughty
Mike Doughty at the City Winery in NYC, Nov 24th, 2012.JPGMike Doughty at the City Winery NYC November 24, 2012
Background information
Birth nameMichael R. Doughty[1]
Also known asM. Doughty
Born(1970-06-10) June 10, 1970 (age 46)
Fort Knox, Kentucky
GenresAlternative rock, alternative hip hop, downtempo, trip hop, breakbeat
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1992–present
LabelsATO, MapleMusic Recordings (Canada), Megaforce Records
Associated actsSoul Coughing

Michael R. "Mike" Doughty (/ˈdoʊtiː/ DOH-tee;[2] born June 10, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter and author. He founded the band Soul Coughing in 1992, and as of The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns (2016), has released 18 studio albums, live albums, and EPs, all since 2000.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Soul Coughing
    • 2.2 Solo career
  • 3 Solo discography
  • 4 Music videos
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life

The son of an army officer—he spent his teenage years living on the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point—he came to New York City at age 19 to study poetry at The New School, where singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco was one of his classmates in Sekou Sundiata's poetry course, "The Shape and Nature of Things to Come".[3]

Soul Coughing

While 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 career

Doughty 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.[4] During his three-year tour, Doughty sold 20,000 copies of Skittish and gradually developed a following independent of Soul Coughing. Doughty collaborated with BT on "Never Gonna Come Back Down"' providing lyrics and vocals. "Never Gonna Come Back Down" was contained on BT's album "Movements in Still Life" and released in 1999.

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 singles "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well" and "I Hear the Bells" were featured on episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Veronica Mars, respectively, and Doughty appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, marking a return to the musical mainstream. He has since released a number of follow-up albums.

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.[5]

In 2015, he moved to Memphis, TN.[6]

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 Keep On) Rising Up"
  • "Na Na Nothing"
  • "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
  • "Sunshine"
  • "Super Bon Bon (Re-Imagined)"
  • "The Idiot Kings (Re-Imagined)"
  • "Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating In The Future"
  • "Oh My God Yeah Fuck It"


  1. ^ BMI Repertoire
  2. ^ "Mike Doughty: The Making of the Small Rock, Aired on NPR May 4, 2005". Npr.org. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Mike at (July 20, 2007). "Super Special Questions Blog: Sekou Sundiata, 1948–2007". Mikedoughty.com. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Robitussin for the soul – Music Feature – Music – September 7, 2006 – Sacramento News & Review". Newsreview.com. September 7, 2006. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ Doughty, Mike (January 28, 2012). The Book of Drugs. Boston, MA: Da Capo Press. p. 252. ISBN 978-0-306-81877-6. 
  6. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/97d9I2kWVn/
  7. ^ [1] Archived May 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  • Alternate names via http://www.scug.net/band/vital-stats/

External links

  • Official website
  • Mike Doughty at AllMusic
  • Mike Doughty discography at Discogs
  • Appearances on WNYC
  • Interview by Rosanne Cash on WNYC, about his memoir, The Book of Drugs

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