ROBYN : Keep This Fire Burning
A song so startlingly good that Little Miss Robyn continues to serve it up at her live gigs six years later, ‘Keep This Fire Burning’ never made it as a hit in Australia, though it was through no fault of it’s own. Late in 2002 and early in 2003, fire fighters across the east coast of Australia were grappling to contain a number of major bushfires. Robyn’s Aussie record label at the time, Zomba Records, decided that a song called ‘Keep This Fire Burning’ in the midst of a worsening bushfire season would be the wrong move to make. So, midway through the promotional period for the single and apparently with Robyn’s blessing, they changed the name of the song in Australia to ‘By Your Side’. Sadly, with all the confusion created and the fact the song itself was light years ahead of it’s time, ‘Keep This Fire Burning’ failed to make an impact on Australian radio and in turn on the Australian charts. It’s a classic, forward thinking pOp song however, and we reckon it deserves continued fair hearing.