Lust in Phaze: The Best of Soul Coughing

Lust in Phaze: The Best of Soul Coughing

by Soul Coughing


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Lust in Phaze: The Best of Soul Coughing

Few bands are as criminally overlooked as Soul Coughing, but in their short career they managed to craft some brilliantly fractured pop that went sadly unnoticed by mainstream listeners. Paving the way for like-minded bands like Cake and the Bloodhound Gang, Soul Coughing was the beat poetry antidote to the heavy-handed grunge that was clogging the airwaves when they first arrived in 1994. The six tracks from their first album are some of the best songs in the band's canon, showing what an impressive impact they made with a simple formula. Samples from old 78s, Warner Bros. cartoons, and answering machines created a moody backdrop for the jazzy rhythm section and M. Doughty's cigarette-scarred croon, resulting in charming gems like "True Dreams of Wichita." Featuring their biggest single ("Super Bon Bon"), the tracks from Irresistible Bliss are marked by a maturity in their songwriting and much broader soundscapes crafted by the band. The beautiful "Idiot Kings" receives its much-deserved place among the more popular tracks, although leaving off "Soft Serve" is ridiculous when a useless B-side like the Propellerheads' remix of "Super Bon Bon" makes the cut. The very best tracks from their final release, El Oso, are represented in possibly the best track picks on the whole album. Sonically experimental and bordering on electronica at times, these songs show a maturity that was sadly cut short by the demise of the band. A few key tracks are missing ("Is Chicago Not Chicago" is inexplicably left off) and the B-sides are mostly filler (with the exception of the gorgeous "Unmarked Helicopters"), making for a few complaints from longtime fans. But to anyone looking to discover the sound of Soul Coughing, there is no better source than Lust in Phaze, an album that manages to capture the band's hipster charm and cool soundscapes while also featuring the variety of material they were capable of.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2002
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227828127
catalogNumber: 78281

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soul Coughing   Primary Artist
Sebastian Steinberg   Upright Bass
Yuval Gabay   Drums
Mike Doughty   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Fisk   Producer
Soul Coughing   Composer,Producer
Tchad Blake   Producer,Engineer
Tim Boland   Engineer
Biff Dawes   Engineer
Bill Inglot   Producer
David Kahne   Producer,Engineer
James McLean   Engineer
Sebastian Steinberg   Composer
Mark de Gli Antoni   Composer
M. Doughty   Composer
Bill Emmons   Engineer
Yuval Gabay   Composer
Bryan Lasley   Art Direction
Sevie Bates   Art Direction
Propellerheads   Producer,Remixing
Nitin Vadukul   Inlay Photography
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
S. "Husky" Hoskulds   Engineer
Niels Van Iperen   Cover Photo
Phil Kneebone   Engineer
Mike Doughty   Liner Notes
Leigh Hall   Liner Note Coordination
Eric Johnson   Inlay Photography

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