Soul Coughing Irresistible Bliss on 180g LP
Spawned in the bowels of New York's underground in 1992, Soul Coughing - whose extraordinary music defied categorization - never entertained the thought that someday they might have commercial potential. Indeed frontman Mike Doughty confessed that, "When the band was formed, I had given up on making it in the music industry. I didn't care anymore and I just wanted to book some Monday night shows and have some fun."
To this end, the struggling avant poet put together an unlikely band of talented musicians. Despite their disparate backgrounds, Doughty (vocals/guitar), Mark De Gli Antoni (keyboards/samples), Sebastian Steinberg (upright bass) and Yuval Gabay (drums/percussion) came together with a unifying theme. Steinberg relates the band consensus: "Funk had become this tinny sounding shit. One of the things we all agreed upon was that Soul Coughing had to have a dark deep low-end and that live we had to be as fat as all these hip hop records."
After sorting through some offers, Soul Coughing inevitably signed to Slash/Warner in 1993. The following year they recorded their heralded debut Ruby Vroom with Tchad Blake (Tom Waits, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, Cibo Matto) which went on to sell in excess of 150,000 copies.
After backbreaking tours with the likes of Jeff Buckley, Sunny Day Real Estate and Cop Shoot Cop, they returned to the studio in 1996 with renowned producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, New Order, Sublime, The Strokes) and created Irresistible Bliss out of the tunes they had perfected while on tour. Powered by the high-spirited aggression of the radio-friendly track "Super Bon Bon," their sophomore effort did even better selling over 250,000 copies.
Soul Coughing Irresistible Bliss Track Listing:
1. Super Bon Bon
2 Soft Serve
3. White Girl
4. Soundtrack To Mary
6. 4 Out Of 5
11. The Idiot Kings
12. How Many Cans