"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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  • marjo47

    Fab. song.

    25 Mar 5:33pm Reply
  • gokunirvana

    By the way, is it just me who imagines the scene described in the song during a foggy, rainy afternoon? Maybe the gray album cover, or the official music video has something to do with it.

    23 Mar 3:19am Reply
  • gokunirvana

    @peculiarmonster: While I agree with you to some extent, I can understand why some people find annoying the "I found the tunnel song!" thing. Instead of talking about the song itself, they rather use their shout here to say something that doesn't have anything to do with it. The problem is not how you found it, but why you don't talk about the song itself. It's ignoring what it really is and all of its artistic value. Well, it's just a shoutbox, anyway, so I don't expect a smart conversation analizing the lyrics or the message behind them, but it would be nice to read some appreciation (or good criticism) for Bowie's song. Maybe just a little comment ABOUT it. Just my humble opinion.

    23 Mar 3:15am Reply
  • JokerOtaku

    classic..

    23 Mar 2:41am Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    "I found the tunnel song!" Shut up bitch, you just found David Bowie's work too late. [7]

    21 Mar 8:01am Reply
  • PuckingFrick_

    "I found the tunnel song!" Shut up bitch, you just found David Bowie's work too late. [6]

    19 Mar 1:24pm Reply
  • pokeydevlin

    I really don't care how we get there as long as we get there

    15 Mar 2:12am Reply
  • autumn-fall

    this song hurts ♥

    14 Mar 7:33pm Reply
  • sweethurter

    glam rock. like that generation.

    8 Mar 4:40am Reply
  • sweethurter

    the most cool guy I have ever know,like his eyes

    8 Mar 4:39am Reply
  • peculiarmonster

    ""I found the tunnel song!" Shut up bitch, you just found David Bowie's work too late." Unless you've been a fan since the first song David Bowie released you're in no position to think that you're a superior fan. Who honestly gives a shit where a person found the song from; people who discovered this track and Bowie through any movie are clearly posting because they like the song. Remain egotistical.

    7 Mar 3:48am Reply
  • FrameBuster

    "Pretty fucking pathetic,isn't it? Finding out about classic songs through movies." - Better than not finding out about them at all. Long live the ignorance and arrogance!

    5 Mar 11:24pm Reply
  • Jeshos

    We Could be Heroes jus for one day!

    28 Feb 7:09pm Reply
  • gombost

    "And you... you can be mean" -- I love the short laugh after the pause.

    25 Feb 11:15am Reply
  • RedDevil1989

    I love the movie but it's funny how they knew The Smiths and not this song [2]

    8 Feb 11:58pm Reply
  • Oriol1992

    "I found the tunnel song!" Shut up bitch, you just found David Bowie's work too late. [5] I love the movie but it's funny how they knew The Smiths and not this song

    8 Feb 9:54am Reply
  • Shitga

    Pretty fucking pathetic,isn't it? Finding out about classic songs through movies.

    31 Jan 10:51pm Reply
  • dercine

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower!

    30 Jan 2:02pm Reply
  • SootheTheBurn93

    "I found the tunnel song!" Shut up bitch, you just found David Bowie's work too late. [4]

    27 Jan 2:53pm Reply
  • pink2blue

    This song takes me to a place where magic happens in my mind. Much needed!

    24 Jan 7:03pm Reply
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