Mike Doughty (feat. Moon Hooch and Miss Eaves) - "Oh My God Yeah Fuck It" (video) (Premiere)

Those who know Mike Doughty as an acoustic singer/songwriter will no doubt do a double take when they hear his take on hip-hop with his tune "Oh My God Yeah Fuck It".

For his latest album, the pledge-funded Stellar Motel, singer/songwriter Mike Doughty decided to go in a direction far different than he's ever done before. Though he's cut his teeth on a brand of "acousticky singer/songwriter" material, Doughty has now taken to hip-hop, with the assistance of Stellar Motel producer Good Goose. To say the least, the collaboration resulted in some colorful tunes.

A particularly noteworthy one of these tunes is the Beastie Boys-indebted "Oh My God Yeah Fuck It". As the song's title more than implies, it's a kinetic, effervescent number that shows Doughty's playful take on hip-hop. For this tune, he's joined by the sax-and-drums trio Moon Hooch and rapper Miss Eaves.

Here's what Doughty had to say to PopMatters about the song: "'Oh My God Yeah Fuck It' is a chant I wrote for another artist, who didn't like it, so I had to find another place for it. Moon Hooch are a pretty crazy party band, and I wanted to collaborate with them, so I just took it there. Miss Eaves is a great rapper that I met that I was just determined to get on a song -- and this is what happened to be what my producer Good Goose were working on."

Check out the zany and off-the-wall video for "Oh My God Yeah Fuck It" below:

You can catch Mike Doughty at any of the following tour dates:

Oct 8 -- St. Louis, MO -- Duck Room at Blueberry Hill

Oct 9 -- Lawrence, KS -- The Bottleneck

Oct 10 -- Denver, CO -- Walnut Room (2 shows)

Oct 11 -- Salt Lake City, UT -- Kilby Court

Oct 12 -- Boise, ID -- Neurolux

Oct 14 -- Vancouver, BC -- Biltmore Cabaret

Oct 15 -- Seattle, WA -- Triple Door

Oct 17 -- San Francisco, CA -- The Chapel

Oct 18 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Mint

Oct 19 -- Las Vegas, NV -- Bunkhouse Saloon

Oct 20 -- Phoenix, AZ -- Musical Instrument Museum

Oct 22 -- Austin, TX -- Cactus Cafe

Oct 23 -- Dallas, TX -- Lola's

Oct 24 -- Houston, TX -- Warehouse Live Studio

Oct 25 -- New Orleans, LA -- Gasa Gasa

Oct 26 -- Pensacola, FL -- The Handlebar

Oct 28 -- Tampa, FL -- Crowbar

Oct 29 -- St. Augustine, FL -- The Original Cafe Eleven

Oct 30 -- Atlanta, GA -- Eddie's Attic (2 shows)

Nov 1 -- Nashville, TN -- City Winery

Nov 12 -- Providence, RI -- Columbus Theatre

Nov 13 -- Portland, ME -- One Longfellow Square

Nov 14 -- Burlington, VT -- Higher Ground

Nov 15 -- Rochester, NY -- Water Street Music Hall

Nov 16 -- Cleveland, OH -- Music Box Supper Club

Nov 18 -- Columbus, OH -- Rumba Cafe

Nov 19 -- Ann Arbor, MI -- The Ark

Nov 20 -- Chicago, IL -- City Winery

Nov 21 -- Milwaukee, WI -- Shank Hall

Nov 22 -- Minneapolis, MN -- Dakota Jazz Club (2 shows)

Nov 24 -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Club Cafe

Nov 25 -- Washington, DC -- Jammin' Java

Nov 26 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Tin Angel

Nov 28 -- Boston, MA -- Johnny D's

Nov 29 -- New York, NY -- City Winery

Dec 6 -- Woodstock, NY -- Bearsville Theatre


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