Mike Doughty's re-embrace of the Soul Coughing catalog for his new album, "Circles Super Bon Bon Sleepless...," is as surprising to the singer and songwriter as it is to fans familiar with the group's acrimonious split in 2000.
"You got me, man," Doughty, 43, says with a laugh. "I imagine there'll be some overwhelmingly obvious psychological factor looming that'll be incredibly apparent in three or four years, but at the moment I've got nothing. I'm not a sucker for punishment, so I generally get into things that fascinate me as opposed to eating my artistic broccoli, if you know what I mean."
"Circles Super Bon Bon Sleepless...," which follows Doughty's 2012 memoir "The Book of Drugs," features reconstituted versions of 13 Soul Coughing songs and was funded by fans via a PledgeMusic.com campaign. Interestingly, Doughty says the versions, steeped in more rhythmic, even hip-hop leaning arrangements. more closely resemble his original intent for the tunes than the finished versions that he says were compromised by the band's consensus.
"It was a huge struggle," recalls Doughty, 43, who's been releasing solo albums since South Coughing ended. "My view of my past in Soul Coughing ultimately is not that different from, like, a screenwriter who hands the script over to a (film) director and it becomes something completely other than he intended it to be, or a novel that gets converted into a movie or any number of things that you put into a process that you're not 100 percent in control of.
"I'm just glad to be running my own shop these days and I get to build what I want to build. It's nice, I guess, to put this stuff out there like this and let people hear what I had mind for them.."
Mike Doughty performs Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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