Chris lives in Austin, TX, where he once shook Willie Nelson's hand.

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  1. Avatar Patrick says:

    “Super Bon Bon” is one of those songs that I can’t play loud enough.Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to Patrick says:

      Did you hear his “reimagining” of it? You can definitely play that one too loud.

      But yeah, it’s a great song.

      “To fat, fat, you must cut lean. You gotta take the elevator to the mezzanine, chump change, and it’s on, super bon bon, super bon bon.” I have no idea what that means. It’s fun, though.Report

  2. Avatar aaron david says:

    Extra points if you know why it is called Ruby Vroom.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Haughty Melodic was one of those CDs that didn’t leave the car for a month. Man, I loved that thing.Report

  4. Avatar Will Truman says:

    I was actually looking for some Doughty to add to my music video collection. My copy of Bottom of a Well isn’t very good. Alas, I didn’t find much.

    One of my favorite bands back home broke up a long time back. Got to go to their second to last show. The lead singer wrote a song about the experience that was a bit self-pitying, but beyond that he kind of went self-deprecating with his new slogan being “Twice as loud, half as popular!”

    It was interesting to see the different tracks they (he, and the remainder of the band) took, demonstrating probably where their artistic disagreements were. Turned out I liked him a lot more than I liked the band. Though when he did his own recording of some of the band songs, I preferred the band versions.Report

  5. Avatar krogerfoot says:

    Hm. I’d disagree pretty vehemently that Bliss or even El Oso are significantly inferior to Ruby Vroom, but I never saw the band play live and, maybe more to the point, bought Bliss first. Soul Coughing was the kind of band I wanted to have and made the kind of records I wanted to make. Why is it that all the people who make the best music also make each other miserable?Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to krogerfoot says:

      As to your last question, who knows? I think Doughty would admit that he was a pretty miserable person for a while there, what with the drugs and all.

      As for the first, man, listen to the words in “Screenwriter’s Blues” again. Or the bass line in “Uh, Zoom Zip”. I can’t think of anything on either of the subsequent albums that compares to the vast majority of songs on Vroom, but I could be biased. I love that album, I love that time in my life, the friends I had, and even the people I met through the album/band. Hell, I met one of the women that I’ve never been able to get out of my head through them. I imagine there was no way that I couldn’t be disappointed by their subsequent albums.

      You know, they toured with Dave Matthew’s Band for a while in the mid-90s (in support of Bliss, I think), and one of the things Matthew’s said about them was that he wished he could make music like that, but he knew he couldn’t.Report

      • Avatar Krogerfoot in reply to Chris says:

        Oh, I’ve certainly listened to them. I’ve always thought I preferred the second album, but maybe I do like the first a smidge more.

        The relationship status between a band and its fans, even between a band and its own albums, is “complicated” in most cases. Most of the best records make everyone happy except the people who made it. Maybe it’s different for solo acts.Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Chris says:

        This is why I’m not in a band. Well, that and no real musical talent.Report

  6. Avatar Reformed Republican says:

    My introduction to Mike Doughty and Soul Coughing came from two places at near the same time, but it was after they had disbanded. Doughty did guest vocals on the song “Never Gonna Come Back Down” on BTs Movement in Still Life. I got introduced to Soul Coughing via Cartoon Network. They had musical animated shorts set to “Rolling” and “Circles.” I got copies of El Oso and Irresistible Bliss, but I never got around to checking out Ruby Vroom for some reason.Report

  7. Avatar Plinko says:

    My friends and I were absolutely blown away by them when we saw them open for They Might Be Giants sometime around late 1994.
    I remember we couldn’t even get our hands on Ruby Vroom for a few months later (this being small city Wisconsin), but we talked about that show for months afterwards, often singing what little bits we recalled from Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago or Casiotone Nation in the car when driving around town.
    They were the only group that I ever saw open for TMBG that could hold up in comparison.

    I have a lot of fondness for all three of their albums. There certainly is something special about Ruby Vroom that puts it in a different category than the rest.

    I never really tried to listen to Doughty’s solo work, other than that it came out at a time when I wasn’t really buying music, I don’t know why.Report