It boggles the mind to think about how many hundreds (or thousands?) of times the 1993 pop-house track “Show Me Love” by Robin S. has been played in nightclubs like LAX. You don’t have to imagine what it might be like to see her perform that influential song in that club, because she’ll be doing just that for this week’s installment of Throwback Thursdays.
You’ve performed in Las Vegas frequently. What do you like about it? First and foremost the weather—I like heat. But really, I like the freedom. If you know where to go, if you travel further beyond the lights and the action, you will find peace and tranquility.
What do you think it is about “Show Me Love” that has resonated through the years? I didn’t realize how important it was until I had people coming up to me after shows saying it changed their lives. And it wasn’t just the song that did it. Back when it came out, it was all about what you looked like; you had to be a size 5. I’m not a size 5; I’m a full-figured woman. And I sing live—I don’t lip sync. I give all of me every single time I’m onstage, and that is what has carried me. So I think it’s a combination of everything.
How does the audience react to that song today? It warms my heart to see young people in their 20s standing before me waiting to hear it because they know that song, to see three or four generations of people in one place that know this song. It has had an impact. It relates to every genre, every group of people. It’s about life and respect, and that’s why it takes people there. It’s really simple. Robin S. at LAX at Luxor, January 12.