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my oh my, how M. Doughty has fallen.

Quick -- differentiate between a quote from an interview with Mike Doughty from the MN Daily and a quote from Comedy Central's Stella:

“I’m not religious. I’m definitely not religious. But I’m super spiritually
oriented. Spiritual consciousness doesn’t necessarily mean a belief in God or
buying into anybody’s religious system or anybody’s dogma. I think it’s just a
part of trying to stay open to the world. It’s affected the way I do
everything.”


"I know there's something out there, but I don't know if I wanna call it 'God.'"
"Okay, 'cause like, I believe in God..."
"Right."
"...but I don't know that I think God is some guy on a throne with a long white beard."
"Right. Like to me, God is, like, it could be anything. It could be like..."
"Literally, it could be this table."
"It could be - totally be this table. It *is* the table.
"It's like I'm spiritual, but I'm not religious. Do you understand?"
"I totally - "
"It's like I can get off spiritually with the sunlight through trees."
"Oh, my God..."

That's right, THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE. Why? Because Mike Doughty is off his freaking rocker.

Remember Soul Coughing, that wacky band from the 90s with that one song about circles and the other song about bon bons and what not? Yeah, they were freaking genius. According to the MN Daily's interview, they were genius because Mr. Doughty was on a lot of drugs:

“The last two years of Soul Coughing I was really unhappy. We really didn’t
get along as people. Creatively, I wasn’t getting out of what I needed to get
out of the band. I was unhappy with the band; I was really depressed; I had … stupid drug problems. It was bad, bad, bad.”

You know what else is "bad, bad, bad," Mr. Doughty? Your new album, Haughty Melodic. The first red flag is the fact that it is produced by Semisonic's Dan Wilson. The second red flag is that it is released on Dave Matthew's record label. The third red flag should be the absolutely atrocious lyrics, especially from the boringly-titled "Looking At The World Through The Bottom of the Well":

"Oh all the days/That I have run/I sought to lose that cloud that’s blacking out the sun/My train will come/Some one day soon/And when it comes I’ll ride it bound from night to noon/And I feel as if I am looking at the world from the bottom of a well"


It's like Mr. Doughty decided, "Hey, you remember when I used my not-so-great voice to my advantage in a somewhat subversive avant-pop-punk-funk band? I think instead I'm going to showcase my voice in all it's glory and write lyrics like a fourteen year old girl."

Dammit, Doughty, start taking drugs again!

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  1. Anonymous Anonymous | 5:51 PM |  

    Hello, I found your site via a facebook group, and I'd just like to say that you're wrong. Mike Doughty may have become less "avant-pop-punk-funk" as you so eloquently put it, but that doesn't mean that his new album is bad. It's just a different kind of music. Your pretentious, narrow-minded indie-underground-pointless rocking mindset has made it impossible for you to appreciate music as music. I pity you.

    Signed,
    Another pretentious, self-righteous "music" afficionado.

  2. Blogger DoktorPeace | 7:12 AM |  

    I don't know anything about music, and I only know Qualler via the internet, but I'm gonna let it be known that I'm on Qualler's side of the basketball court after school.

    Unless there's gonna be violence, that is.

  3. Blogger Mark | 5:50 PM |  

    I for one would be tickled to see a playground full of indie kids fighting to the death. I would make sure somebody's heart was literally ripped out, then write a song about it.

  4. Blogger P. Arty | 1:15 AM |  

    Sorry...I forgot to log in for that first comment.

  5. Blogger Dave | 3:49 PM |  

    Dear Jerk,
    How DARE you insult a friend of mine on his own blog? I pity YOU, because YOU just bought YOURself a whole world of being made fun of.

    (If my time on the internet has taught me anything, it's that extreme anger is the only possible reaction to even the slightest afront.)

    Signed,
    One of the 6 billion people on earth who are better than you

    P.S. Facebook -> Blogger -> Making fun of indie-snobs = dork

  6. Anonymous Anonymous | 1:08 AM |  

    Dude, you're right, Mike Doughty's music is different from other types of music, especially that kind of music that people refer to as "good" music.

    -L.Q.

  7. Anonymous Anonymous | 8:16 AM |  

    wow-y'all suck. Doughty makes me happy. Are you from out East?

  8. Anonymous Anonymous | 8:20 AM |  

    Qualler wears the hat of fucktardidness.

  9. Blogger qualler | 9:18 AM |  

    Hey anonymous douches -- relaxamundo, this is supposed to be funny, remember? Well, funny while talking about how much Doughty sucks these days. Which he does, a lot.

  10. Blogger Dave | 9:44 AM |  

    God, you music nerds. I HATE music, and anyone with half a brain HATES MUSIC. Music is boring, stupid, masturbatory, and does nothing to advance culture. It's the equivalent of burning real art, like painting. Every time your fucking "Death Cab For Snooty" records a new album, it's like burning a beautiful Picasso masterpiece. You people are morons - get your ears out of your headphones and into a lecture hall. Luckily I can recognize you fools by the 1/4" buttons you wear (" means inches, which is a measurement of distance. I feel I have to explain this to you nutbars as your have completely lost touch with reality).

  11. Blogger P. Arty | 10:44 AM |  

    Hahaha...genius Dave.

    Genius.

    It is really irritating that these people can't express a difference without an insulting tone. At least playfully call him a chode, or something.

    Qualler, you chode. More like Mike Don't he make you wanna dance!

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