A lot’s changed for Mike Doughty in the 20 years since he lived in London. He split Soul Coughing, the “deep slacker jazz” band that brought him success and anguish. He quit the drugs that helped him cope. He went solo. He wrote a memoir. He wrote a rock opera. And he started taking selfies with various food products.
But what’s not changed are his feelings towards the city he called home for most of 1996.
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Mike Doughty | Electric Ballroom, Camden | 8 October 2015
Mike Doughty slips onto the stage. His head bowed, he slowly paces up and down, still largely unnoticed while the band set up around him. But as the commotion of preparation dies down and he strides up to the microphone, Doughty transforms from nondescript tall man in a hat to bonafide frontman.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise. In the 15 years since splitting Soul Coughing, Doughty has carved out a career as a solo performer able to command an audience with little more than an acoustic guitar. By now, dominating a stage comes naturally — even if his backing musicians are Wheatus, tonight’s headline act.
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