On This Day in 1977: Bowie Releases 'Heroes'

posted by Jeff K - 

Released on this day in 1977, Heroes was written by David Bowie and Brian Eno, and produced by Tony Visconti. The track was a product of Bowie's "Berlin" period, and not a huge hit in the UK or US at the time, but has gone on to become one of Bowie's signature songs. 

Inspired by the sight of Bowie's producer / engineer Tony Visconti embracing his girlfriend by the Berlin Wall, the song tells the story of two lovers, one from East and one from West Berlin. 

"'Heroes'" has received numerous accolades since its release, as seen with its inclusion on lists ranking the 'greatest songs of all time' compiled by the music publications; Rolling Stone named the song the 46th greatest ever, and NME named it the 15th greatest. Bowie scholar David Buckley has written that "Heroes" "is perhaps pop's definitive statement of the potential triumph of the human spirit over adversity".

In January 2016, following Bowie's death, the song reached a new peak of number 12 in the UK Singles Chart. "'Heroes'" has been cited as Bowie's second-most covered song after "Rebel Rebel" 

Happy 41st Anniversary!

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