Compiled By Opus Moreschi, Last Updated 12/23/98
Being Web-guy for Soul Coughing, I get my share of questions that I have to answer again and again. In an effort to cut down on the repeat answers, I provide for you this Frequently Asked Questions list. Everything you need to know, a few things you don't, and the kitchen sink.. all right here.
15. Do you eat a lot of candy? (Question provided by Sebastian Steinberg)
Double M is the name that Soul Coughing gave to the album they were set to record with Knitting Factory Press, the label based out of the club where they met. Before they actually got around to recording it, however, Slash/Warner came along and gave them a big label deal. For a long time, Double M was listed in Knitting Factory's catalog, leading fans to frantically chase an album that does not exist.
Some of Mark's solo classical compositions are on a CD called Construction and Demolition, under the group title Rough Assembalge, along with compositions of other modern composers. The label, Avant, is in Japan and the CD is very hard to get a hold of. I have recently been told of the website of the label where you can order your copy: follow this link to get to it.
More recently, Mark recorded and released Horse Tricks, his critically-acclaimed full-length solo debut. The disc features guest appearances by every member of Soul Coughing, along with Elliott Smith, Alan and Mimi Spearhawk and others. It's very good, and is available at soulcoughingdirect.com.
Quite possibly, you could be right. The lyrics I have listed are all taken directly from Doughty himself, and he often changes them by the time he plays them in concert or on a record. Nevertheless, I remain consistant to what he gave me, not anybody elses interpretation, for my page. If you've got any beefs, taken them up with Doughty himself (and read the Disclaimer of Luv beforehand).
The name is taken from a poem Doughty once wrote about Neil Young throwing up in the back of a bus. Doughty claims the only good thing about the poem was its title, and so used it when forming his band. When Soul Coughing performed with Neil at the 1997 HORDE festival, neither party mentioned it.
The prodcer of said album was Mitchell Froom, who is also Suzanne Vega's husband. They would bring their daughter, Ruby Froom, by the studio from time to time, and with Yuval's accent it turned into the title we know and love.
The title sums up the feeling of most of the songs, which, doughty says, are "...mostly paranoid love songs about hoping desperately someone will call you, while at the same time being incredibly afraid of the sound of the ringing phone."
El Oso means The Bear in Spanish. There was an old Soul Coughing tradition to draw bears on the set list, spurred by Sebastian who would pout until a bear was added. Doughty started the practice, and it was later taken up by then-Tour Manager Gus Brandt. Each bear would be connected to their current city, such as El Oso De World Trade Center in NYC, or El Oso De Amish Guy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The answer, simply, is yes. Soul Coughing created a song as part of the new campaign "Fall Into The Gap," which also features Luscious Jackson and many other notable musicians. These spots (linked to from the samples page) gave Soul Coughing money and clothes for Mark's new child. As to why Soul Coughing doesn't appear when other groups do, Doughty says, "On the real, I guess the difference was; that's the Gap Jeans campaign; we did the Gap Kids campaign. Oh, that and that we're actually machines."
I've had some letters from angry members of the Nation of Islam asking why I'm using this title. In their beleif, there will be a chosen 5% to lead the people. I have taken the title from the Soul Coughing song, "Casiotone Nation," which is not meant in any way as an insult to their religion. It's merely a listing of false gods an idols that America bows to.
Sigh. Some people just can't understand a joke. Soul Coughing has said this a few times, and even put "satanic" messages into their music. I can say that in all of the times I've spent with them I've never seen any goat's blood or cat sacrifices, okay?
If you're asking me for backstage passes, forget it. I have no control over that stuff. But luckily for you, the band is an incredibly friendly bunch. Most often, if you hang out in the venue after a show or wait around outside, they'll be out in a while to say hello. Often, they'll stop and chat and sign tickets, albums, body parts, etc. Sometimes, though, all they want to do is get on the bus... we all have bad days... don't hold it against them. You'll catch them next time.
I try to provide some links to online stores on my Buy Stuff Here page, but much of the rare stuff is next to impossible to find. I've also compiled a list of all the rare tracks here. It takes a good amount of rooting around in old used CD stores and plain old luck. As for bootlegs, there is an active trading community on the internet, places to try are either of the mailing lists, alt.music.soulcoughing, or mat's SCUG page, all of which are linked from my links page.
Soul Coughing is prety lax about bootlegs, they don't
mind at all if you record their shows and trade them among
your friends. There are two disclaimers, though:
Oy, the number of times I've been asked this question! The answer is only, when they come next. I can't predict the future and I don't have any say in the tour schedule. And lord knows I'm not hoarding any tour dates just to make you mad; what I know is posted on the tour page. You dig?
Uh, sure, I guess. (Answer provided by Sebastian Steinberg)
Very similar to question 14, I'm afriad this isn't a question I can answer. I just put together a web page. When it gets down to showtime, you're going to do what every other shmoe does: call up the venue, your local ticket selling agency or scalper, and ask them.
Yes and no. Doughty has recorded an album of folky guitar stuff called "Skittish" with infamous New York producer Kramer. But it has not been released yet. It's been complete since late '96, but Doughty's waiting for the right time and record label to release it to the public. As always, information will be posted when I know more.
It just came out, silly. El Oso, go buy it.
El Oso is the creation of cartoonist and bizzarre fella Jim Woodring. It is hightly suggested that you head over to his website and check it out... it's mind-altering and free.
No, just busy. Soul Coughing's members have zillions of side projects and often don't check their email for weeks or months at a time. Although they'd love to respond to each of you, they often don't get a chance. Don't cry.
Beats me! Part of my gimmick of putting up a new .mp3 every month is that you have to keep checking back... and I get repeat audience! Tricky, I know, but that's what I have to do to keep up with this crazy internet thing.
I've tried to make a collection of all the commerically available tracks on the song page. The promo tracks are harder to find... comb used record stores and cross your fingers.