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Ruby Vroom

Soul CoughingAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: September 27, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002MUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Soul Coughing ~ Ruby Vroom

Where the '60s had a fair amount of great blue-eyed soul, the 1990s had been remiss in offering up first-rate, blue-eyed hip-hop--until Soul Coughing came along. Frontman M. Doughty shied away from the label, dubbing the quartet's music "deep slacker jazz," which actually kinda fits tracks like the film noir homage, "Screenwriter's Blues." Doughty's acerbic, often hilarious (see "Casiotone Nation") rhymes--which never sound like he's trying to be too streetwise--float like butterflies over the sting-like-a-bee rhythm section of Sebastian Steinberg and Yuval Gabay. Add the unorthodox sampler technique of Mark de Gli Antoni, and you have a total package that you'll never tire of unwrapping. --David Sprague

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you miss it, you have only yourself to blame May 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
First of all, let me lay to rest the notion that Soul Coughing's five-star ratings are artificial. This band was easily one of the most creative, innovative and interesting to hit pop radio in twenty years. While they are (obviously) beyond some people's ken, those of us who like them understand their achievements. Never has a band blended poetry, hip-hop, rock, folk, blues, techno and more into such a wonderfully quirky and listenable mix as Soul Coughing, and frankly, I despair of seeing such creativity again now that they are gone.
Ruby Vroom contains some of the most memorable songs I have ever heard. "True Dreams of Wichita" is a wistful love song that conjures up ghostly images of a small town in Kansas. "Uh Zoom Zip" is a super-charged bass grooving song whose words are a nonsense-jam of epic proportions. "City of Motors" tells a sinister story of a cat burglar and a witness who tells all... "BlueEyed Devil" tells the tale of a travelling salesman who ODs on the floor of a motel bathroom.
The best-known song from this record is "Screenwriters' Blues", the epic snapshot of Doughty's imgagined life as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. The song is rife with imagery that contrasts the negative aspects of Hollywood and the L.A. scene with the beauty the city often exhibits. When I saw Soul Coughing in San Fran two years ago, they opened with this song to amazing effect. The entire audience was singing along.
I personally don't think this band is very much like Cake; you may be disappointed if you buy the record on such a recommendation. I think Soul Coughing cannot be pigeonholed in any way, nor can you point to any one band that might have heavily influenced them.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm on the "bus" November 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've been a diehard fan of Soul Coughing for a little over a year by now, and I just purchased this CD in June of 2000. I must say that it completely amazed me. Out of three stellar albums, this is definitely Soul Coughing's best. My favorite song on Ruby Vroom has to be "Bus to Beelzebub," either because it makes no sense whatsoever or because of the beginning. All I really know is that it didn't leave my head for weeks after I got the CD (get onto the bus...). Close second is "Screenwriters Blues," followed by "Sugar Free Jazz."
I most certainly wasted no money at all on this album, because it's kept it's spot in the very first pocket of my CD case ever since I got it. If there's a Soul Coughing album I'd reccommend you get first, it'd be Ruby Vroom.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Of Soul Coughing, And That's Saying Alot May 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Doing a quick glance over the various reviews of this album, i have noticed only one reviewer who even attempted to throughly criticize the hell out of this album. And a good job he did...for himself. But clearly, whoever recomended that he listen to Soul Coughing was glossly mistaken. Being the creepy stalker that i am, i read his other reviews to find that his primary musical interests center around 70s pop music, and while he may enjoy Cake, this is diffrent.

Diffrent to say the least. Soul Coughing is one of few bands that cannot be accurately compared to anything else at all. Sure, you can pick out the influences, but the complete sound is unique. It's a little like morphine, with free-form poetry and some drum and bass. Or like some of Garbages older stuff, but less electro and a male vocalist. Truely, though, Soul Coughing is not a band you ought to recommend to anyone based one their appreciation of another band.

"Ruby Vroom" is in my opinion, one of the greatest albums to be made in the 90s. I'm sure that comment won't go over well with the Nirvana crowd, but it's true. From the flawless, almost techno-quality drums of Yuval Gabay, to the haunting and precise upright bass of Sebastian, to, best of all, the vocals of Mike Doughty. Doughty does not sing songs about specific stuff, like falling in love or how politics are in the toilet. He sings about things that, granted, do not make complete sense, but rather, convey a mood.

And "Ruby Vroom" is all kinds of moody. The combination of unusual vocals and the use of an upright bass gives the entire album a brooding and dark tone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Soul Coughing's first, and perhaps best, album, is an eclectic mix of drum and bass groves on top of jazzy beats and eclectic sound effects. On "Is Chicago," lead singer M. Doughty's lyrics may not make much sense, but are so well crafted, they sound correct together. So much of the lyrical stylings of the band is just like that: little meaning, but words which blend together into poetry which rings of the lips of the singer. "Normalize the single and you're banging on freon / paleolithic eon/ put the fake goatee on / and it booms as cool as / sugar free jazz" may mean nothing, but it sounds great. The album is an excellent post-modern blend of styles, just as suitable for ambient noise or intense listening. It's a pleasure to listen to this band.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is a great album.
Published 3 months ago by Kevin J. Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Effort
Filled with great tracks from a very talented, cutting edge band. Add this one to your library today! Favorites are Mr. bitterness and Is Chicago, is not Chicago.
Published 11 months ago by Leafsfan2028
2.0 out of 5 stars never clicked for me
Chalk me as one of those people who just didn't "get" the genius of this band or at least this particular album. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
4.0 out of 5 stars Love them or Hate em
Was a gift for someone else, personally I can't get into this band but those who like them love them.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great album
I did one of those silly facebook memes naming my favorite albums for 1994 and this came up.
I had forgotten what a great band SC are. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Non Mainstream
Very stylized in the language of Soul Coughing, with the distinct vocal style of Mike Doughty leading the way through percussion and bass rifts. Read more
Published 15 months ago by William Turner
2.0 out of 5 stars RIght cover - WRONG DISC INSIDE
I am most upset. The package arrived fine, but inside the Ruby Vrooom cover was the incorrect CD - the band's earlier CD "Sould Coughing". This is most unsatisfactory. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robin Hawkins
3.0 out of 5 stars good i guess
Great album by Soul Coughin. The only flaws were that the cd case was not attached to each other. And 1 of the tracks was scratched.
Published on August 14, 2012 by kmb150
3.0 out of 5 stars Hits and Misses
A personal favorite of mine. This was actually a re-buy. A lot of folks don't really get this stuff. Make sure you know what you are getting into before buying this album. Read more
Published on January 17, 2010 by Brian Rand
3.0 out of 5 stars ?review?
The first time I heard this album I thought it was little weird. It is a like jazz fuzion with singing. I think they would be cool to see live.
Published on August 29, 2008 by J. Warren Benton
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