Slightly Stoopid guitarist/bassist/vocalist
Miles Doughty typically uses his ’91 and ’98 Fender Stratocasters, an Electro-
Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb, and a Boss DD-3
Digital Delay to fuel his band’s alt-psychedelicpunk-
hip-hop reggae riffs and rhythms. Formed in
1995 in Ocean Beach, California, by Doughty and
his multi-instrumentalist buddy Kyle McDonald,
Slightly Stoopid recently released its sixth studio
album, Top of the World. —Matt Blackett
1 “Top of the World” started out as just an acoustic riff with
a drum beat, and then we built it up with electric rhythms
and licks. Guest starring on lead guitar is Paulo da Rosa from San
Diego, who brought out the warmth in the song.
2 “I’m On Fire” was a 2:00 in the morning jam session. It was
just vocals and guitar, and those tracks ended up being the
performances on the record because of the overall vibe we got
with a Fender Twin Reverb and a Boss DD-3 Digital Delay. So it’s
actually a live version with overdubs.
3 “Way You Move” was brought to new levels with the guest
appearance of the one and only Ian Neville on lead guitar. The
song is a bluesy, funk rhythm in the key of B that we typically use
as an open onstage jam for bandmates and guests to have fun with.
4 “Rhythm Streets” gave me an opportunity to give a reggae
rhythm a little bit more of an edge with an Ibanez Tube
Screamer. I really wanted the guitar licks and leads to match the
song’s dope horns.
5 “Just Thinking” is a hip-hop and funk rhythm with lots of
licks and trippy sounds. There’s a cool electric-guitar part—
it’s like a slide with delay that occurs in the intro and in between
the verses—that almost gives the song that “Wicked Game” feel
that Chris Isaak gets. Incorporating that guitar sound with the hiphop
beat and the deep, smooth vocals of guest performer Chali
2na gives the song a stoney groove.