Martin Skidmore [RIP 2011]

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Aw shit. Farewell Martin and good thoughts to all his friends :(

Quantum of Pie (NickB), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

all this time i've been here and i didn't really know him ... but i remember his thoughtful posts (esp. from ilx's earliest days).

rip and condolences to his family :-(

My name is Frunze. Learn it well it is the chilling sound of your doom (Eisbaer), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

He put me in my place on here once (I deserved it), and I really appreciated it. He was very good to talk to, very understanding and fair and kind. Sad day.

Bryan, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is horrible. martin was a kind and thoughtful man.

by another name (amateurist), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

WBS's wonderful tribute is up:

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:59 (seven years ago) Permalink



monogalomaniacal (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

I didn't even know he was sick. My mom's had the same type of cancer for the past 6 years; my uncle had it too and died within months of detection. I only met him once or twice at London FAPS, but he was always a friendly presence around here. From his postings, at least it seems he lived life fully. I just read his journal--harrowing stuff.

Virginia Plain, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Aw man, 52?

He was indeed a total stalwart of the Jukebox, and also I Love WWE, in its heyday.

Sleep well dude.

MPx4A, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

RIP. I only knew him via his ILX posts and what I read by him on Singles Jukebox, but he had a distinctive and engaging presence. When I was first trying to figure out ILX, he was one of the personalities that came to life most obviously and vividly. Besides the intelligence and ranging curiosity, seemed like a fundamentally decent guy. I'm sorry to hear he's gone.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:13 (seven years ago) Permalink


the tune is space, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

RIP Martin :(

Gary Barlow syndrome (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

i didnt know the guy as well as a lot of people here but from his posts he was a very genuine and honest guy. RIP.

Michael B, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

I did not know Martin, but I am very sorry for the loss of your friend.

ilx poster and keen dairy observer (Jenny), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Never got the pleasure to converse with him, but saw more than my fair share of his posts in the archive...seemed a very thoughtful, respectful, and intelligent guy.

RIP Martin

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

So, so, so sorry to hear this. He was always so nice to me, and to everyone. I'm just glad I got the chance to meet him when he was alive. RIP Martin.

geeta, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:34 (seven years ago) Permalink


EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

A great guy. Rest in peace dude.

kip winger; radio ventriloquist (jel --), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

i just went back and read martin's lj for the last few months, and aside from kicking myself for not trying to send a few more words along after the facebook post months back, i am really astounded by the grace and humility and charity in those posts. obviously i'm sure he had and expressed a wealth of different emotions as all this went on, but the...grace (no other word, really) of those entries, especially in the last month or so, was really remarkable.

apichathong song (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Didn't know Martin that well outside of Jukebox, but he was easily one of our MVPs, and always a pleasure to read. Rest in peace.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ach, this happened a lot sooner than I expected :( Martin kept on posting to his Liejournal most days, after his diagnosis he went on a spree of reading all the books he'd always meant to get round to, which I thought was a sweet way of spending one's valuable last times. His descriptions of treatment were hard to read and heartbreaking, and it is more so now as he'd seemed to rally a little recently. Rest easy Martin, you were a gracious, kind and big-hearted guy.

Rameses Street (Trayce), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Livejournal. ack what a typo :(

Rameses Street (Trayce), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm deeply sorry i never got to meet martin. he was a decent and reassuring presence on ile and ilc for years. he was a wonderfully smart and informed guy, seemed to have read and seen everything, and wrote very well about it. i spent a whole afternoon a few weeks ago reading his reviews at the comics site he edited. i meant to drop him a line to tell him how terrific i thought it was -- too late now. :(

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

reading all the books he'd always meant to get round to

I should tear up at "books before I diary" but it's so Martin and so indicative of what strongo so rightly identifies as grace.

publier les (suggest) bans de (Michael White), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

so often I come across really excellent insightful posts on bumped threads and look to see who it is and yes, it's Martin. Always enjoy his Singles Jukebox contributions too. I'd have liked to have known him better, and my thoughts are with everyone who did. RIP.

Sir Chips Keswick (Merdeyeux), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Tom's tribute:

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Martin was the kind of contributor every community wants – quick to say something welcoming or smart, slow to anger, possessed of a working bullshit detector but enough of a gent to use it wisely. ILX would never have been any good without him and others like him in its early stages.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

: ( terrible

RIP martin

nh (cozen), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Very sad, I knew him only from reading him here and on Singles Jukebox, but always appreciated his humor and insight and he seemed like a kind person.

Mark, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:57 (seven years ago) Permalink


moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

i keep coming back to ilx because of what i saw in my early lurking days, though martin had very different interests than me and we rarely interacted he is part of what made this place special and we are diminished

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

wanted to send him some kind of simple words of well wishing or compassion recently but didn't, worried it would feel contrived given how little i've interacted directly with him over the years and years i've occupied the same virtual vicinity. but he was a good man, RIP.

some dude, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

Waking up to this is really sad. I admired Martin enormously as some kind of ultimate cultural polymath, he seemed to know something about everything, but he wrote in a such a human, accessible way so it wasn't intimidating how smart he was. I admired Martin because in his fifties he was probably living more than many do in their twenties. One couldn't help but find him frank, funny and engaging, and I know he's living a big hole in the world even bigger than the one on the Internet as a result. RIP Martin.

unskinny blap (edwardo), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

I believe his presence on ilx was mostly before my time - either that or we didn't bump elbows that much. still, I certainly recognize his name.

RIP man. fuck cancer!

notes on camping (Pillbox), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

RIP martin :-(

Weasel Diesel, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

He was a kind man, good company, and a shrewd critical thinker, and I will miss him.

those facts at that point were still in the future (c sharp major), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

nearly ten years ago now, martin asked a group of his friends if we knew of any online communities that might interest him. i pointed him in the direction of ILX, and the rest is history.

i was friends with martin for more than twenty-five years, and am in no fit state to write anything very coherent just right now. but i can honestly say that i don't ever expect to meet anyone like martin skidmore ever again, and that today, a UNIQUE, one of a kind person has left us, left the world. He was a decent man and I will miss him very very much. In consolation, he was in a great deal of pain and misery at the end, and the hospital that he was in ensured that his passing was as peaceful as possible. He died with a large group of loving friends close by his side.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

In one of his last emails Martin spoke of how wonderful his friends were to him. Helping him with everything and being there from him , he was never alone. I'd like to thank his friends for being there for him I know he appreciated you all so very very much.

Wish I had met him, he was a really nice guy and I wish I had emailed him more rather than a handful of times a year.
I don't drink so I'll listen to a funk album that isn't guitar focused! in his honour.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Aw nutz.
Martin was about the only ILX member to talk to me on the board other than Teeny. He was smart, kind and I wish I had known him IRL. *wiggy cries*

Wiggywoo, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh, and Ned Raggett too. Can't forget him!

Wiggywoo, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Didn't interact with him very often on ILM, but I always liked his approach. Most of my interaction, if you can call it that, was from reading his Singles Jukebox blurbs and various comments he'd toss up on blogs. His insight and joy will certainly be missed.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

didn't know him personally but read his contributions here and on TSJ - always one of my favorite reviews. heard the news while on a bus that was delayed on the side of the road, felt totally gutted and helpless - had no idea. RIP.

flop's son (dayo), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

just sucks when ilxors die

flopson, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh, and Ned Raggett too. Can't forget him!

― Wiggywoo, Wednesday, July 27, 2011 7:13 PM (13 minutes ago) Bookmark

would it spoil the mood of this thread if i began addressing Ned as "Raggyroo"?

some dude, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

hugely sad news. Only met him once or twice, wish it had been more.

stet, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Christ. I never met him, but I wrote for him. The boosts of confidence he gave me when I'd send him something meant a lot to me.


My Boyfriend Could Be A Spanish Man (R Baez), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Like many here I didn't interact with him (at all, I think), but was always glad to read his inputs on many topics, and I noticed his absence when he vacated the premises. RIP.

nickn, Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

He offered me a place to stay whenever I was traveling around London. Never had the opportunity to take advantage of his hospitality, but it was always a huge relief to know that there would be some place I could go should everything else fall through. I wish I had gotten to know him better. RIP Martin.

Melissa W, Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

I hate to hear this. :( Fuck cancer!

That article upthread about soul music is so great.

bullbs (The Reverend), Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

I seem to remember Martin and I talking over some of the general points that would surface in the article during my visit -- the article wasn't written then, of course, but the ideas were obviously very close to his heart, and not just limited to questions of music.

It occurred to me on the way home that I'd brought him a small gift of thanks when I visited in 2003, some Cholula hot sauce, in that I had no idea if it was common stuff in the UK. Turns out he wasn't one for spice in his food, if I remember rightly! But he graciously thanked me, and I wonder what happened to the bottle -- hopefully someone put it to good use.

Momus has posted a tribute. Turns out a recent song of his was inspired by Martin:

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Rest in peace.

Gatsby was a success, in the end, wasn't he? (D-40), Thursday, 28 July 2011 01:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

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