He Likes a Limit
Ex-Soul Coughing frontman keeps it lean
Of course Mike Doughty is keen on Tweeting. First known for defining Soul Coughing with his spare and striking lyrics, 140 characters would be ample space for Doughty to paint a city or a scene or a mood or a person—or maybe all of those. He says he works well with constraints.
I'll give you his nuts and bolts within the same limit:
Background: Son of a military family. NY Knitting Factory doorman 1992. Founded Soul Coughing. Quit in 2000, then beat a heroin addiction.
Soul Coughing: Says bandmates disliked him, were cruel. Bad relationship. Told him to fuck off on stage all the time. "Super Bon Bon."
Drugs: Is being paid to write a book on addiction. No bad-ass stories. Funny and odd tales. Sad and wan tales.
Going Solo: Sad Man Happy Man, Golden Delicious, Skittish and more. Much-heralded Haughty Melodic released on Dave Matthews’ label.
Lyrics: Took Sekou Sundiata's poetry class with Ani DiFranco. Chooses unusual nouns. Sometimes makes sense. Lately, makes more sense.
Songwriting: Made a public 2010 New Year's resolution to avoid the key of D.
Voice: Says his is too weird to be mainstream. Can sing many words quickly without breathing. Uses breath as punctuation.
Sad Man Happy Man, the New Album: Comfortable. Condensed. Surprisingly rock-bluesy acoustic guitar work. Good call on the cello.
On His Show: Will answer questions from a jar on stage. May record the show so you can buy CDs of that performance afterward.