Martin Coogan

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Martin Coogan
Born (1961-12-11) 11 December 1961 (age 55)
Middleton, Greater Manchester, England
Genres Indie rock
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1985-2003
Labels Mynah Records, Imaginary Records, Virgin Records
Associated acts Judge Happiness,
The Mock Turtles

Martin Joseph Coogan (born 11 December 1961) is a musician and radio presenter. He produces records at the Vibe Recording Studios, Manchester, which he has owned since 2008.[1]

Born and brought up in Middleton, Coogan attended Cardinal Langley RC Grammar School, as did his younger brothers, Steve and Brendan.

Coogan's first professional music role was in 1985, as the singer for Judge Happiness.[2] After leaving Judge Happiness, Coogan led indie rock band The Mock Turtles, whose 1991 song "Can You Dig It?" reached number 18 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Coogan was presenter of the breakfast show on The Revolution in Oldham until the station was bought by Steve Penk, who took over the show himself. In October 2008, he joined Phil Beckett in presenting the regular late programme Radio Republic on 103.6FM Tameside Radio.

During a brief foray into the world of television and films, in 2001 Coogan appeared in the 'Identity Parade' section of BBC TV's comedy panel game Never Mind the Buzzcocks.[4]


  1. ^ "Vibe Recording Studios". Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Judge Happiness– Hey Judge". Discogs. Portland, United States: Zink Media, Inc. 1985. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Glendinning, Mike (20 December 2002). "Middleton's best-known band set to return". Middleton Guardian. Oldham: Men Media. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Filmography by TV series for Martin Coogan". Internet Movie Database. 15 October 2001. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 

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