Scott McCaughey

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Scott McCaughey
Scott McCaughey, 2011
Background information
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Associated acts R.E.M.
The Young Fresh Fellows
The Minus 5
Tired Pony

Scott Lewis McCaughey is an American singer and songwriter and the leader of the Seattle and Portland-based bands The Young Fresh Fellows and The Minus 5.[1]

He is also bassist for Robyn Hitchcock's most recent touring band, The Venus 3, along with Bill Rieflin (drums) and Peter Buck (guitar).[2]

In June 2003 Scott recorded a song with Moween (Peter Schoemaker/Bram van den Berg) at the IDQ studio in Utrecht, called "Move on". To be found on In 2008, McCaughey formed the side band The Baseball Project with Buck, Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon. Their first album, Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, celebrates many aspects of baseball culture, and includes a song in tribute to Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix.[3]

From 1994 through 2011, he worked with R.E.M.]both on stage and in the studio. While originally brought on as a second guitarist for the |Monster tour, McCaughey remained with R.E.M. in various capacities until the band's dissolution. He contributed to the studio albums New Adventures in Hi-Fi, Up, Reveal, Around the Sun, Accelerate and Collapse into Now. Additionally, he has received credits for his work on the live albums R.E.M. Live and Live at The Olympia album as well as their 2003 greatest hits collection, |In Time. When working with R.E.M., McCaughey played guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and sang backing vocals.[4]

McCaughey also plays in Tuatara, an instrumental group which features Peter Buck from R.E.M.


McCaughey suffered a stroke on November 16, 2017. Two benefit concerts were held in January, 2018, to raise money for McCaughey's medical bills. Artists included Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Alejandro Escovedo, M Ward, James Mercer, Corin Tucker, and Patterson Hood. McCaughey recovered substantially from his stroke in 2018 and began playing a series of well received shows at venues in Portland, OR where he lives.

Involvement with Mark Eitzel

McCaughey, as part of Peter Buck's Tuatara, played electric bass, organ, piano, and slide guitar on Eitzel's 1997 West album, co-written with Buck.


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