Heroes (1977) – David Bowie

‘Heroes’ Tour 1978

This is my favourite song by Bowie although I am an admirer of many including Ziggy Stardust which features currently in the music audio on my page. I am by no means a connoisseur of his music, but this song was the first that I loved from him. I think I first heard it in an old music documentary in the early 90’s and it floored me.
Heroes co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno is the title track from his twelfth album released in 1977. Interestingly, the backing track was recorded before the lyrics were written, and in recording the vocal; three microphones were placed at different distances from Bowie and would open when he sang loud enough.

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be heroes, just for one day
We can be us just for one day


I, I can remember (I remember)
Standing by the wall (By the wall)
And the guns shot above our heads (Over our heads)
And we kissed as though nothing could fall (Nothing could fall)

Over time the song has grown substantially in reputation and remained a staple throughout Bowie’s concert tours and live performances also being widely used in television and films. The majority of the tracks on his Heroes album were composed on the spot, but the the lyrics had not been written. John Lennon commented in 1980 that when making his album Double Fantasy, his ambition was to “do something as good as “Heroes”.

References:
1. Heroes (David Bowie song) – wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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10 comments on “Heroes (1977) – David Bowie
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Bowie’s stature has grown and grown through the years. I like this song a lot. I remember the Wallflowers doing a cover of this one. I like a lot of Bowie songs like Life On Mars and others. The man constantly changed it seems.

    • By chance, I saw a documentary on him recently where he was interviewed and I was impressed by his catalogue and approach to music especially how he uses his voice to sell a song and play a character. He seems to be more of an actor than a singer.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yes I agree with that. That makes a lot of sense since he changed his musical sound so much.

      • He actually said in the interview that the music he made the most money from like ‘Lets Dance’ was rubbish, but he liked the money from touring and records and so he gave the people what they wanted even if he didn’t like it that much lol

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        lol…I like when an artist is honest…I like his early 70s period a lot.

      • Yeh, so do I. He is very honest about the quality of his music – that’s for sure.

  2. “Heroes” is one of my favorites of Bowie’s many songs, but I also love several of the songs on his “Let’s Dance” album.

  3. Bernie says:

    Interestingly enough, he makes my least favorite mode (Mixolydian) sound “good.” This song and moment in Moonage Daydream was my favorite part of the movie! I love it when he belts out the lines an octave higher toward the end. Just epic longing!

    • To be honest I don’t know what Mixolydian is. He said in the documentary that he didn’t have much of a voice so he resorted to play the part of the protagonist in the song, to sell it – like an actor. That’s what I always got from Bowie was that it was as much theatrical presentation (on his part) more than a singer in the conventional sense. presentation.

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