Fans of the late, great Keith Flint have started a campaign to get The Prodigy’s 1996 club classic Firestarter to number one in the charts.
On March 4, Keith Flint was found dead at his home in Essex at the age of 49. His death came as a shock to fans, with many expressing their sadness through social media tributes.
This new Facebook campaign is a touching reminder of the legacy Flint has left behind.
— Ellie (@The_real_elliej) March 5, 2019
According to the Facebook description for this campaign:
Rest in peace to the fire starter. Lets make sure the fire continues
We need to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 and that needs to change!!
This is the best way to raise Keith’s profile and bring his plight to the forefront of pop culture and mainstream.
If you don’t want to spend any money then place the song on repeat in a streaming platform such as Spotify or Deezer then mute it and leave it on. This will also count towards the charts.
— Ed O’Neill (@EdTheHatter) March 4, 2019
— Yorks Bands (@YorksBands) March 4, 2019
Fans have found a sense of community through participating in this campaign, praising the founders for keeping the fire alight.
One person commented:
The sense of community this campaign triggered by Harvey Arscott & @Christian Marshall-Harris is bloody awe-inspiring and inspirational.
You should all be so proud of yourselves and you’re representing the community that existed during the underground movements that existed in decades gone by leading to so much good music.
YOU”RE AMAZING FOLKS, relish this feeling of coming together. You’ve given oldies like me faith that there’s more than commercialism and celebrity.
Just bought on Google and playing constantly on my Spotify. My all time favourite band. Keith was an absolute legend and a gent.
Was a privilege and an honour to be in his presence on several occasions and my heart truly broke on Monday. Rip Flinty, you are so missed!
"I'm a firestarter, twisted firestarter
You're the firestarter, twisted firestarter"
— Kalibr+ (@kalibrplus) March 4, 2019
Firestarter, the first track from The Prodigy’s album The Fat of the Land, was one of the definitive tracks of the nineties, and the accompanying music video was equally as memorable.
However, the genius of the video came from creative innovation rather than a huge budget.
Speaking with Triple J’s Linda Marigliano, The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett said:
We had no budget left – we had 15 grand or something – that’s the reason it’s in black and white. We couldn’t afford to have it in colour.
[Walter] pulled together this location, Aldwych Tube Station, which is this old, disused tunnel.
Like everything good with The Prodigy, it was all spontaneous. Everything happened without any thought. Off the cuff. We were just in the tunnel and it was just based on Keith’s performance.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Keith Flint at this difficult time.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.