Rockin’ The Mike: ‘Crikey! A Fake Tribute To Steve Irwin’

Nevermind that he was the 17th documented case of someone being killed by a stingray in the last 100 years. Nevermind that if only he’d been lucid enough (despite lethal combo of poison and adrenaline coursing through his veins and no doubt a rather freaked out devilfish stabbed to his chest) to have the good sense not to pull the stinger out of his heart, they could’ve taken him to the hospital and he’d’ve been alright.

Nevermind all of that. Pay attention to the fact that the world is short one more interesting character this morning.

It’s a little disingenuous to say that he was bound to die, considering how reckless his behaviour appeared at times, as a result of injuries received from one of the menagerie of dangerous animals that made up the cast of his weekly show. This was a freak accident, only the 4th ever in Australian waters. What’s more telling is that this was the first (and sadly the only) time he’d ever been bitten/stung/harmed in any way by any of the animals that graced his weekly programme illustrating the consumate care and respect he had for every member of the animal kingdom .
So Mike requested this post to acknowledge the affection that most people had for either the man or his antics.

Reaction to the news of his passing range from outpourings of genuine affinity for an uncompromising, passionately lived life, to complete disbelief at how absurd the end. Typically, sarcasm seems to help buffer the grief since Mike’s initial reaction was, in a ratchet-ed up ersatz aussie accent: ‘Crikey! I’m Dead’ which provoked chuckles and mild scorn from any girls within earshot at the climbing gym. Whatever way you’d like to approach it (in the spirit of Steve Irwin, carefully would be my suggestion) the fact is: some little girl is fatherless tonight. Luckily, like the rest of us, she will have hours of video of a well-lived life to turn to for inspiration.

Crikey! A Fake Tribute To Steve Irwin

Track Artist: Song:
1 Sly & The Family Stone Que Sera, Sera
2 Poets of Rhythm Eulogize The Source
3 Calypso King & The Soul Investigators Gator Funk
4 The Charlatans UK Weirdo
5 Ian Brown Dolphins Were Monkeys
6 British Sea Power Fear of Drowning
7 The Pixies Wave of Mutilation
8 Superchunk Water Wings
9 New Order Regret
10 Saturday Looks Good To Me Meet me by the Water
11 Band of Horses The Funeral
12 Jamie Liddell What’s The Use?
13 Broken Social Scene Pacific Theme
14 Radiohead Just
15 Blur Ambulance
16 Robert Pollard Psychic Pilot Clocks Out
17 Death In the Sea Bonny “Prince” Billy & Matt Sweney
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1 Response to “Rockin’ The Mike: ‘Crikey! A Fake Tribute To Steve Irwin’”


  1. 1 M. Bro September 13, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    I think this playlist needs a bit more of an inspirational feel. I loved the guy, i really did. like….well, not so much in the brother sense but more in the lover sense. For that reason please include any song by air supply.
    This whole ordeal makes me upset as well. How could this happen? So also please include a song by Raised Fist.
    And finally, the passing of Steve made me question what type of a world we live in where a man can 1) die from such an animal (i thought they were friendly!) and 2) most people tuned into his show just to see him eventually bit it and suffer the odd ‘bonk’ on the head. so please include the song “walking is still honest” by against me!


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