Saturday, 9 April 2016
H - "Heroes"
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can beat them, just for one day
We can be Heroes, just for one day
This song was a product of David Bowie's "Berlin period", recorded at Hansa Studio by the Wall in West Berlin and released in September of 1977 with "V-2 Schneider" as the B-side. A 6-minute version was the title track for the "Heroes" album, Bowie's twelfth.
According to Bowie, the title of the song was a reference to the 1975 track "Hero" by the German band Neu!, and the lyrics were inspired by the sight of his manager Tony Visconti embracing his girlfriend by the Berlin Wall.
Although the song didn't become a huge hit at the time, it has gone on to be one of Bowie's signature songs and is his second-most covered song (after Rebel Rebel). A performance in 1987 at the German Reichstag in West Berlin was considered to be a major catalyst to the eventual bringing down of the Wall. After Bowie's death, the German government issued a statement thanking him and saying "you are now among Heroes."