Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros' Redemption Song for Martin Streek

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Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros - Redemption Song
Martin Streek's death has me feeling so sad. The world can mourn the King of Pop, I'm mourning the loss of a person I felt I knew, even though I doubt he knew my name.

On Monday night I wrote this, but it's the entry about Martin that I wrote back on May 18 that's on my mind...

I listened to CFNY (Edge 102) throughout the 90s. It was my favourite radio station, not just for the tunes but for the personalities. I can't remember a time at 102 before Martin Streek.

Martin Streek, if you're out there, let us know where you're at. You've been a familiar voice over Toronto airwaves for about 20 years and you'll be missed.

I remember writing that "let us know where you're at" line. I originally typed "let us know you're okay". I changed the sentence, thinking to myself that he's just lost his job, he hadn't died.

This city seems far less cool today than it did only a few days ago. Martin was so damn cool. He looked cool, he sounded cool, he promoted cool music and was always doing cool things. I wanted to be Martin Streek.

I'm assured a big public event in honour of Martin is being planned by those who knew him best. This city needs to assemble and do what he'd want us to do: arrive early and stay late. I'm sure we'll play this song. For Martin.

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Mike from Lowville

I truly believe the call sign 102.1 is dead. The only time that station resembled ANYTHING that remotely resembled the Spirit was Martin. That "let us know you're okay" gave me shivers. Hopefully he's with Joe somewhere at peace.

July 9, 2009 @ 8:16 AM


LoriAnn mentioned online today that Saturday, July 18th at the Phoenix will be a tribute night to Martin Streek.

July 9, 2009 @ 3:42 PM


I mentioned this on the Blog...can someone write to me and tell me more about Martin Streek?

Many Thanks

July 10, 2009 @ 1:58 AM


Thanks Mike for keeping us informed about Martin's story. It truly has been a rough week. I feel like pieces of me are disappearing and the familiar black hole is looming on the horizon.

I don't want to get carried away by all the sadness, anger and grief that is surrounding me so I have chosen to head out of town for a while as well. The past few days have been especially dark. If I had to pick one song for my mood it would be Hurt by NIN or JC, but I have been listening to a number of similarly dark songs...

I need a break from mourning. I need to start smiling and laughing again.

RIP Martin,

love lola

July 10, 2009 @ 2:39 AM

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