"Heroes" (6:58)

Cover of "Heroes"

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“Heroes” is a song written by David Bowie and Brian Eno in 1977. Produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, it was released both as a single and as the title track of the album ”Heroes”. A product of Bowie’s fertile ‘Berlin’ period, life in the city was crystallized into a tale of two lovers who come together in the shadow of the ‘Wall of Shame’ (though here “the shame was on the other side”). David Bowie was inspired by seeing his producer Tony Visconti (who was married at the time) kissing his mistress across from the studio which happened to be next to the Berlin Wall - the lyrics were composed as an ironic commentary on the situation, with the quotes in the title meant to emphasise the irony. While not a huge hit at the time, the song has gone on to become one of Bowie’s signature tunes and is well known today for its appearance in numerous advertisements. It has been cited as Bowie’s second most covered song after Rebel Rebel. The single version of this song is far shorter than the album version.

According to the Heroes Songfacts, featured in this song are not only Brian Eno’s synthesizer and Robert Fripp’s guitar, but also producer Tony Visconti banging on a metal ashtray that was lying around the studio.


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  • lasys

    Just great art...still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck...

    25 Mar 6:00pm Reply
  • denisbv


    20 Mar 12:59am Reply
  • discosttick

    "We can be heroes just for one day"

    7 Mar 1:39am Reply
  • samiskywalker

    You are my hero Bowie [2]

    5 Mar 5:28am Reply
  • abunono

    8th Place - Ben Carson Experience: Neurosurgeon Political positioning: Tea Party Likelihood of application: 40 percent Poll Value: 11.3 percent Twitter (RealBenCarson): about 293,000 Followers The latest political book: "One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future" (2014) The man is an American success story: Carson made it from the bottom up, from a poor family in Detroit one of the leading US neurosurgeon. Black Americans admired him for it, he is a role model, his life has been filmed. Since its fundamental critique of Obama's health care reform ("The worst thing that has happened since this nation of slavery") went up to superstar of the Tea Party of God-fearing 63-year-old.

    26 Feb 2:10pm Reply
  • Nochek


    25 Feb 2:34pm Reply
  • MehrbodA

    Best Song EVER!!!!!!!

    13 Feb 6:18pm Reply
  • Dx13arker

    Just as Dolphins

    8 Feb 2:48pm Reply
  • Dx13arker

    I wish I could swim

    8 Feb 2:47pm Reply
  • dumdun

    My Favorite

    5 Jan 10:24pm Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    You are my hero Bowie

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Pansarvagn

    NHL 99 intro

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • riberychen

    oft kopert und nie erreicht

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ArmanAikenov


    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Storchel

    Loove it!

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    This song is everything and so much more.

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • white_lemur

    We can be heroes <3

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mkdillon2008

    he is the king.... [2]

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • buckleytim

    he is the king....

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    Great Song.

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
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