Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty Looks to Revisit '90s Repertoire: 'The Songs Can Be Better'

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Mike Doughty, frontman and songwriter for 90s alt-jazz outfit Soul Coughing, has successfully crowd-funded a collection of new recordings through PledgeMusic.

The singer isn’t focusing on new material, however. Rather, he’s revisiting 12 Soul Coughing favorites including "Circles," "Super Bon Bon," "True Dreams of Wichita" and "Unmarked Helicopters” in an effort “to explore his original vision when he wrote them, and before they entered the dysfunctional fray of the band,” says a statement announcing the fundraising campaign.

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The New York City band split in 2000 after a successful run in the late 1990s. Doughty then went solo and later published a memoir, The Book of Drugs, which was released by Da Capo in 2012.

It was the experience of writing an autobiography that prompted Doughty to reexamine his songs. "My memoir was full of pain,” he said. “I picked up an guitar and, by myself, went through the songs I wrote in the '90s -- between the ages of 20 and 29 -- to figure out who I was, where I was, and what I was trying to say … I think the songs can be better than they were. I can make the actual songs more hearable.”

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Doughty’s incentives for pledgers include a credit in the album package, a private concert, "monthly tweets praising you lavishly” and the chance to smash one of his guitars. He’s shooting for a fall release.

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