Two songs on Mike Doughty’s new album, “Golden Delicious,” are drawing particularly attention — for different reasons.
One is the first single, “27 Jennifers,” which has been a staple of the former Soul Coughing frontman’s live set well before he committed it to life in recorded form. “I really wanted to crack it open,” says Doughty, 37. “We cut verses and slowed it down, really changed the feel.
“It was not easy, but I really thought it deserved to sound like something that could be on the radio.”
The opening track, “Fort Hood,” was a different matter. Inspired by a visit Doughty — an Army brat — made to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the song incorporates a bit of the “Hair” finale, “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In),” as he takes a human look at the cost the Iraq war is having on its combatants.
“I met all these guys that had lost limbs, which is a really powerful experience,” Doughty recalls. “Like everybody else in America I’ve said I’m against the war but for the warriors a million times. But meeting those guys, realizing ‘This is a guy who comes from a place and he did this for me...’
“So whatever I think of the war, it was just astonishing and humbling. And I’m surprised at how many e-mails I’ve gotten from the guys in the Army that like the song. It’s very gratifying.”
Mike Doughty’s Band performs Sunday (March 16) at the Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $15. Call (734) 996-8555 or visit www.blindpigmusic.com.
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