Alex Ogg

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Born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire (the "industrial garden town of the North"), Alex Ogg graduated from Liverpool in the late '80s with a degree, but little interest, in drama. Thus rendered unemployable,…
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Born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire (the "industrial garden town of the North"), Alex Ogg graduated from Liverpool in the late '80s with a degree, but little interest, in drama. Thus rendered unemployable, he resorted to designing sewerage systems to turn a coin. He thought he could sink no further, but was proved wrong when a job as a music journalist presented itself. He duly took the reigns of the utterly corrupt (and truth be told, fairly hopeless) Music Collector and Spiral Scratch magazines, working hours that would make an 18th-century chimney sweep cry. When that enterprise went belly up, he edited the Cambridge 'what's on guide' Night & Day for a year, and began contributing biographies to the Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (now Virgin), where he took a full-time position in 1993. Over five years working for the title he contributed over 4,000 entries on every imaginable sphere of music, writing the Dance, Rap & Techno volume in its entirety. Before, during, and after, he also worked freelance, providing articles for magazines including Record Collector, Dissident, Record Fayre, and Lime Lizard, as well as numerous TV periodicals. He was more shamefully involved in the Jam: Our Story fiasco; a Spinal Tap of rock books, written in two weeks when the original ghostwriter did a runner. He's also written entries for the Rough Guide to Rock Music and over 60 CD sleeve notes, ranging from reissues of the Undertones studio albums (his most prized achievement) through the Pistols, Fall, Buzzcocks, and Motörhead; indeed, everything from Alien Sex Fiend to Tom Jones. He also worked as a consultant on Channel 4's three-part 1999 documentary series on hip-hop. Although otherwise non-religious, he is proud to worship at the feet of Dawn, his partner of many years, and his rich and varied life is completed by a bookcase of Doctor Who videos and a collection of Scunthorpe United programmes. He has a "day job" as a live subtitler for the deaf, and one of these days he'll get round to finishing that PhD.

DESERT ISLAND LIST OF RECORDINGS

Big Black -- Songs About Fucking

Buckley, Tim -- Peel Sessions

Chameleons -- The Fan & the Bellows

Clash -- London Calling

Cooper Clarke, John -- Snap, Crackle & Bop

Damned -- Strawberries

Dead Kennedys -- Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy -- Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury

Jam -- Setting Sons

Magazine -- The Correct Use of Soap

New Model Army -- Vengeance

New Order -- Low-Life

Public Enemy -- Yo! Bum Rush the Show

Scars -- Author! Author!

Siouxsie & the Banshees -- The Rapture

Smiths -- Hatful of Hollow

Stone Roses -- Stone Roses

Stranglers -- Rattus Norvegicus

Sugar -- Copper Blue

Undertones -- Hypnotised