“Heroes” (David Bowie)

Arguably, David Bowie‘s greatest song. Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno, and produced by Tony Visconti using creative studio techniques. Accompanied by Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, and Carlos Alomar. Acknowledged by the German government as a catalyst for the fall of the Berlin Wall.

“Heroes” was recorded in 1977 at the Hansa Studio by the Berlin Wall. It was released as the lead single from studio album of the same name, backed with the song V-2 Schneider. Produced during Bowie’s Berlin period, it wasn’t a huge hit at the time, but has since become one of his signature songs.

Inspired by the sight of Bowie’s producer-engineer Tony Visconti embracing his lover by the Berlin Wall, the song tells the story of two lovers, one from East and one from West Berlin. Bowie’s performance of “Heroes” on 6 June 1987, at the German Reichstag in West Berlin has been considered a catalyst to the later fall of the Berlin Wall. Following his death in January 2016, the German government thanked Bowie for helping to bring down the Wall, adding you are now among “Heroes”. Source

Toni Visconti progressively moved the microphone away from Bowie during the recording, so he had to shout his defiance at the Berlin Wall.

Bowie scholar David Buckley has written that “Heroes” ‘…is perhaps pop’s definitive statement of the potential triumph of the human spirit over adversity’. Source

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