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David Bowie — Heroes (single mix)
Album: Heroes
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Released: 1977
Length: 3:27
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I loved the movie "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" but how could you not know Bowie?
 bluecshells wrote:
Heaven
 

Exactly ...Heaven Help us...
 jlind wrote:
Nice segue from Snow Patrol.
 

I was losing touch with my radio... This is part of my Bowie library which includes only those titles issued originally on vinyl.
Nice segue from Snow Patrol.

Why is it that I like this song only if heard on RP?    I think I am an RP-o-phile as well as an audiophile.
Heaven
- an aside: This version is not the one on 'Heroes—'
musical and lyrical perfection, wish someone would sing this to me :-)
 sirdroseph wrote:


Maybe it is, considering song comments is for an individual subjective likes or dislikes of individual songs. I dislike this song, many like it. I have no problem with that, but evidently you do. Maybe it is you.

 
Most definitely it is him.
Oooooh, I get it. They live in east Berlin and their love is doomed but if only they could escape over the wall they would be heroes - the wall could be literal of metaphorical in the sense that relationships that fail do so because of the walls we put up, etc.

Nice little tune.
Have always loved the way Ol' Dave screams this song.........8.
 MiracleDrug wrote:
my personal Bowie favorite...

long before the movie soundtrack's co-opting...
 
Mine too - Just not the short version.  Please Bill, play the long album version.  Or one of the many great live versions out there.

Thanks
have to agree with a previouos post: the version played here is beyond lame.

REally: play the real version or do not play it at all....

Very dissapointing.

{#Naughty}

bill said it was the republic tigers? WTF




Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
Would you please, please take this truncated version behind the barn and brain it with an axe?

It won't hurt a bit to play the full tune.


11...where is 11? :p
 bluecshells wrote:
This is my favorite Bowie song ever.  I also recently heard him sing it in German and WOW!
 
My favorite too. Great song! 10

This is my favorite Bowie song ever.  I also recently heard him sing it in German and WOW!
my personal Bowie favorite...

long before the movie soundtrack's co-opting...
 h8rhater wrote:
spigolli wrote:
I don't get it... maybe 'cause I didn't see the movie. I've rated Bowie material from 10 down to 1, probably the widest range of any artist played here - this one's on the lower end. I must have been born without the gene to get what's to like about Heroes.


 
sirdroseph wrote:


Totally with you. I love most of Bowies stuff, but this song, not so much. Not to mention they play it way too much!{#Headache}
 
8.5 overall rating guys.  This type of average rating on RP is reserved for the best of the best... maybe it's you.
 

Maybe it is, considering song comments is for an individual subjective likes or dislikes of individual songs. I dislike this song, many like it. I have no problem with that, but evidently you do. Maybe it is you.

spigolli wrote:
I don't get it... maybe 'cause I didn't see the movie. I've rated Bowie material from 10 down to 1, probably the widest range of any artist played here - this one's on the lower end. I must have been born without the gene to get what's to like about Heroes.


 
sirdroseph wrote:


Totally with you. I love most of Bowies stuff, but this song, not so much. Not to mention they play it way too much!{#Headache}
 
8.5 overall rating guys.  This type of average rating on RP is reserved for the best of the best... maybe it's you.


 spigolli wrote:
I don't get it... maybe 'cause I didn't see the movie.  I've rated Bowie material from 10 down to 1, probably the widest range of any artist played here - this one's on the lower end.  I must have been born without the gene to get what's to like about Heroes.

 

Totally with you. I love most of Bowies stuff, but this song, not so much. Not to mention they play it way too much!{#Headache}
Mime school drop out
What a God!!!  The man is in a class of his own.  Would prefer the full version please Bill.
Pure Genius, one of the last ones... but not that good when dancing {#Bananasplit}
 Stingray wrote:
CHRISTIANE F. is dead, for those who are interested!
OVERDOSE decades after film and song!

BOWIE...?
Sometimes his voice kills like the knife they named after him!
Song rather stupid - voice terrible! WORST of Bowie's voices!

 

 

Alter, was laberst Du denn hier für Bullshit?

Christiane F. lebt (siehe auch meine Vorposter). Bowies Stimme ist einfach seine Stimme. Punkt.


 tljblanchette wrote:
Stingray wrote:
CHRISTIANE F. is dead, for those who are interested!
OVERDOSE decades after film and song!

BOWIE...?
Sometimes his voice kills like the knife they named after him!
Song rather stupid - voice terrible! WORST of Bowie's voices!
 
When did Christiane F die?
 
She's still alive.  There was an article in a Berlin paper about her dated January 28, 2011.  She's still having drug problems, and has been in and out of treatment programs, but she's still alive.  
 tljblanchette wrote:
Stingray wrote:
CHRISTIANE F. is dead, for those who are interested!
OVERDOSE decades after film and song! (...) 
When did Christiane F die?


To those interested in Christiane F.: She's still around - apparently she's not well and sadly back in the junkie scene, but definitely alive! A local newspaper ran a story on her current situation last week (https://www.bz-berlin.de/aktuell/berlin/christiane-f-check-bei-drogen-razzia-article1100635.html).


I don't get it... maybe 'cause I didn't see the movie.  I've rated Bowie material from 10 down to 1, probably the widest range of any artist played here - this one's on the lower end.  I must have been born without the gene to get what's to like about Heroes.

still playing the truncated version...Why WHY WHY??????????
Stingray wrote:
CHRISTIANE F. is dead, for those who are interested!
OVERDOSE decades after film and song!

BOWIE...?
Sometimes his voice kills like the knife they named after him!
Song rather stupid - voice terrible! WORST of Bowie's voices!

 
When did Christiane F die?

 stephw wrote:
THANK YOU RP!! I haven't heard this in a dog's age! {#Roflol}
  I try to hear it at least once a week and since I have 9 versions in my Ipod I do.


 Stingray wrote:
CHRISTIANE F. is dead, for those who are interested!
OVERDOSE decades after film and song!

BOWIE...?
Sometimes his voice kills like the knife they named after him!
Song rather stupid - voice terrible! WORST of Bowie's voices!

 
Read a few of your other idiotic comments on other songs.

Now I know enough to ignore you.

thanks for the tip though on Christianne.

 j7 wrote:

For sure......he also looks like a guy with two different colored eyes acting like a guy with two different colored eyes!
 
Both of his eyes are blue; one has a permanently dialated pupil due to an injury.
/The more you know...


CHRISTIANE F. is dead, for those who are interested!
OVERDOSE decades after film and song!

BOWIE...?
Sometimes his voice kills like the knife they named after him!
Song rather stupid - voice terrible! WORST of Bowie's voices!

 ambrebalte wrote:
Always reminds me of the movie "Christiane F" - (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082176/)
 
Me too. 

A great movie. Disturbing as hell. But great.

 ambrebalte wrote:
Always reminds me of the movie "Christiane F" - (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082176/)
 
Call me a square if you like, but that movie put me off drugs up to when I was 21 years old...been a sporadic user since (lucky I can indulge without losing the plot errrr sometimes), but yes, for me the film also evokes Bowie and vice-versa.

 1wolfy wrote:
Excellent..I own this song in English, German, and French.  (non-truncated versions)

 

Why the hell are we hearing the truncated version (made popular by The Wallflowers' cover) here?
 1wolfy wrote:
Excellent..I own this song in English, German, and French.  (non-truncated versions)

 
Thank-you for sharing that with us.

Which one do you listen to?

Excellent..I own this song in English, German, and French.  (non-truncated versions)

 stephw wrote:
THANK YOU RP!! I haven't heard this in a dog's age! {#Roflol}
 

Shame on you, you are not listening to RP that much then!{#Wink}


love it...


Just a visceral reaction to anything Bowie.......................................................{#Puke}
I like the start of this but it degrades as it goes.  Maybe it's supposed to.
THANK YOU RP!! I haven't heard this in a dog's age! {#Roflol}
 cirruss wrote:
why can't I rate it an 11?!!?!?!
 
Probably for the same reason I can't rate it a zero.  Bill just won't let us.

 cirruss wrote:
why can't I rate it an 11?!!?!?!
 
I second that statement!!!!

Yes
why can't I rate it an 11?!!?!?!
Assault on the ears.
 rbigelo wrote:
I could listen to "Heroes' forever and ever.
 
2nd!
One of my all time favorites. I could listen to "Heroes' forever and ever.
Not a lot of good things can be said about the Godzilla movie of the 90's, but the soundtrack did introduce me to the decent cover of "Heroes" by the Wallflowers and the laughable sampling of Kashmir by Puff/PDid in my mid teens.  This in turn lead me to seek out the absolutely amazing originals, which coincided with the time that I stopped listening to the radio and discovered real music. 

Thank you Godzilla 

One of the all-time greats.
This song didn't grow up on me.. still waiting but I don't know what people find in this material

It gets played so often, it's not bad and all but there's so much music that deserves to be played for the 9 out of 10 times this one is played.


Always reminds me of the movie "Christiane F" - (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082176/)
I used to like this song until about the 10,000th time I heard it, so I liked it for about a day!{#Wink}
 j7 wrote:

For sure......he also looks like a guy with two different colored eyes acting like a guy with two different colored eyes!
 
snicker

 vit wrote:
Sometimes David Bowie sounds like a guy with an English accent trying to talk like a guy with an English accent.
 
For sure......he also looks like a guy with two different colored eyes acting like a guy with two different colored eyes!


Sometimes David Bowie sounds like a guy with an English accent trying to talk like a guy with an English accent.
One of his best for sure {#Clap}
 fimo wrote:
my personal record of giving a song a 10 within 2 secs since it started - yeah!
 
Me tooooo



This song is soooo good for the ears...

 gdignard wrote:
Already had it rated 10.

So I just cranked up the volume instead.
 
It's good to share ;)

my personal record of giving a song a 10 within 2 secs since it started - yeah!
OMG I sooooo love and always will this song.  I gotta turn it up.......seeya.......
 gdignard wrote:
Already had it rated 10.

So I just cranked up the volume instead.
 
10 is woefully insufficient.



Already had it rated 10.

So I just cranked up the volume instead.
This song is absolute magic!  It covers well too as the Wallflowers proved.  10!
Tony Visconti wrote:
"Anyway, David then told me he was ready to record his vocal, and after we did a couple of run-throughs during which he wasn't sure where to place the octave, we eventually came to the conclusion to sing the first two verses down an octave and the rest of the song up an octave. That was another good way of building up the track, and it prompted the break in his voice which he himself calls 'Bowie histrionics', where he has to put everything into it in order to hit those high notes. It's right at the end of his range.

"My input at this point was to suggest using the room on his voice and drop the conventional method of just singing into one microphone. He agreed, and so I set up three microphones. We only had two or three tracks left, and I needed one of these for backing vocals. I couldn't even bounce down, and so we'd snookered ourselves. Therefore, even though I would have ideally loved to put each mic on a separate track — enabling us to capture the whole room when he sang loud, and just that one mic right in front of his face when he sang quietly — I put gates on mics two and three. Mic number one was in front of him with fairly heavy compression, because I knew beforehand that he was really going to shout, and it all went down to one track. This was recording by the seat of your pants, and Bowie was thrilled with the idea that I wanted to do something unique. He thrives on anything that's different and someone else hasn't thought of yet, and I just thought 'Let's do this live,' because he's a great singer and he could always sing it again if I made a mistake. That's the luxury of working with him: he's consistently good when he sings. He's in tune, he's passionate, and he delivers an arena-type performance every time.

"Mic number one was a valve U47, and with the other two on gates I made sure that number two, an 87 placed about 15 feet away from him, would go on at a certain level, while the third mic, another 87 that was all the way at the other end of the room, didn't open up until he really sang loud. That reverb on his voice is therefore the room itself, none of it is artificial, and it's his voice triggering the gates. What is really great is that the sound of the opening two verses is really intimate. It doesn't sound like a big room yet, it sounds like somebody just singing about a foot away from your ear. The whole idea worked, and what you hear on the record is probably take three. We wouldn't go beyond that. He was really worked up by then and I can tell you he was feeling it. It was quite an emotional song for him to sing, he deliberated long and hard over these lyrics, and he was ready to go, there was no holding him back. We probably punched in a few things, but it's pretty much a complete take save for a couple of notes that he redid.


A solid 10, and then some. 
 
 Welly wrote:


That's because video killed the radio star.
Tom Waits, David Bowie, David Byrne, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell...none of them would make it past the first auditions of American idol because that show is looking for a pretty and bland package that can be sold to middle American teens.
The folks above are all artists - something definitely missing from popular music today.

 
ty

Awesome Bass riffs too.
 bodhisattva1031 wrote:
i hear this song more on RP than i ever heard it on commercial FM. . . .{#Beat}
 
Except for last week, it looks like it's been played once a month for the last year or more.

i hear this song more on RP than i ever heard it on commercial FM. . . .{#Beat}
Brilliant!

Along with Life in Mars, one of my favorite Bowie songs. 


 liveinthewire wrote:
Bowie - amazing style, great looks and constumes!   But that's not much use on the radio. 4
 
See him live ... the man is for real.

Bowie - amazing style, great looks and constumes!   But that's not much use on the radio. 4


What a Droning Whining noise he best go duet with Leonard Cohen their of the same doom and gloom ilk .:-(
rock perfection
Is it wrong that I associate this song with the Keanu Reeves movie, "The Replacements"?
MG    Hero
I just realized how much this song sounds like Lou Reed in a weird way. 
 jagdriver wrote:
I'll take this any day over anything from Ziggy Stardust.
 

What!?  I like the song Heroes as much as the next guy (especially when they throw it into some movie sondtracks), but Ziggy Stardust and Hunky Dory are two "perfect albums".   It rarely gets that good these days—there were a decent amount of perfect albums in the 60's, 70's and early 90's, but not so much anymore, IMHO.

 
 MojoJojo wrote:
Still chuckling from watching "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou".  I think any Bowie song will remind me of it for quite some time.  If you liked, "The Royal Tenembaums", this is right up your alley as it is another Wes Anderson classic.

But about the music...
Wiki excerpt:  "Seu Jorge played Pelé Dos Santos in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, for which he provided much of the soundtrack in the form of Portuguese language cover versions of David Bowie classics."

Funny movie. Great cast. Great music - think Bowie unplugged (acoustic) in Portuguese. 

 
We picked up the soundtrack from that Live Aquatic movie for Seu Jorge's excellent Portuguese interpretations of Bowie. Also, if you haven't already, be sure to check out Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited. I completely missed the cameo by Bill Murray at the beginning the first time I watched it.


 horstman wrote:

He is a big time hater. And he likes to pick and pull apart people that pick on him for being a hater.

It's okay Essex. I get it. It's okay for you to hate Bowie and I accept this.
 
I don't really consider myself a Bowie fan, lot of his stuff I really dislike to be quite honest.

But this, this is genious.



Love it...


Oh my, this just sends me in to raptures.  That voice, that band, the lyrics.  Perfect.


I'll take this any day over anything from Ziggy Stardust.
 lemmoth wrote:

EssexTex is just a big time Bowie hater.

 
He is a big time hater. And he likes to pick and pull apart people that pick on him for being a hater.

It's okay Essex. I get it. It's okay for you to hate Bowie and I accept this.


I have grown up with all of David Bowie's music. And this is probably my favorite after all these years.
 smehan55 wrote:

Maybe you should get out of your cave more often.

 
EssexTex is just a big time Bowie hater.

 WayUpNorth wrote:
Can't believe people trivialize this song.  This is iconic, it was groundbreaking.  Having heard him sing it live, with 30,000 other people totally mesmerized by his performance, I just can't relate at all to some of these comments.  Not that they are invalid, just that it's surprising.  Even if you don't like the whole Bowie facade, just listen to the song.

 
Well said — as someone who has witnessed crowds ranging from several hundred (small club in tour prep) to 50,000 in a football stadium "totally mesmerized" by this magnificent song.
Can't believe people trivialize this song.  This is iconic, it was groundbreaking.  Having heard him sing it live, with 30,000 other people totally mesmerized by his performance, I just can't relate at all to some of these comments.  Not that they are invalid, just that it's surprising.  Even if you don't like the whole Bowie facade, just listen to the song.

Heldon? {#War}
this is just genius... PURE genious gengenuous geniousness.
 tobstar wrote:
I've only recently started to have a go at Bowie stuff, and I must say I get him now. Stars, Life on Mars and this are classic tracks.
 
Same here.

Listening to RP makes me feel stupider and stupider!

Stop playing good music I should have listened to earlier!

Unless it's Traffic. Or Thull. Or Neil young. Or Bowie. Or Janis. Or...

:D

Pop genius at work.
Still chuckling from watching "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou".  I think any Bowie song will remind me of it for quite some time.  If you liked, "The Royal Tenembaums", this is right up your alley as it is another Wes Anderson classic.

But about the music...
Wiki excerpt:  "Seu Jorge played Pelé Dos Santos in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, for which he provided much of the soundtrack in the form of Portuguese language cover versions of David Bowie classics."

Funny movie. Great cast. Great music - think Bowie unplugged (acoustic) in Portuguese. 

One of his best   {#Cool}
 EssexTex wrote:

No it's because he's "Pretty Bland".....and he looks stupid in the video.......I'm dancing {#Moon} watch me, watch me

 
Maybe you should get out of your cave more often.

Well ... I think this song makes my mind Race of all the events in my life where this tune has played a part ... love it, love his library of work ... it is so incredible to think it has all come from one mans head

Amazing
This is the "greatest hits" version that cuts out the first verse (the "I'll drink all the time" verse).  Bill, you should consider playing the bigger original version.

Very tired of this song.  lol. {#Rolleyes}
Welly wrote:


That's because video killed the radio star.
Tom Waits, David Bowie, David Byrne, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell...none of them would make it past the first auditions of American idol because that show is looking for a pretty and bland package that can be sold to middle American teens.
The folks above are all artists - something definitely missing from popular music today.


No it's because he's "Pretty Bland".....and he looks stupid in the video.......I'm dancing {#Moon} watch me, watch me

Timeless. Brilliant. Yes. Fab. Go.
 Smoove_D wrote:
I generally dislike anything by David Bowie. I give this one a 6, but it's one of the few Bowie songs I'll rate higher than a 3. It could be a 9 or a 10 if it were performed by someone else. There's just something about Bowie's voice and overall sound that gives me a headache.

 
Curious, since Bowie is the most eclectic performer of (as Casey Kasum would say) the rock era and his amazing voice has evolved and changed both because of time and to as they say "serve the song." how could you generally dislike ANYTHING by David Bowie?

 EssexTex wrote:

Reminds me of an "American Idol" reject.


 

That's because video killed the radio star.
Tom Waits, David Bowie, David Byrne, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell...none of them would make it past the first auditions of American idol because that show is looking for a pretty and bland package that can be sold to middle American teens.
The folks above are all artists - something definitely missing from popular music today.

 Smoove_D wrote:
I generally dislike anything by David Bowie. I give this one a 6, but it's one of the few Bowie songs I'll rate higher than a 3. It could be a 9 or a 10 if it were performed by someone else. There's just something about Bowie's voice and overall sound that gives me a headache.

 

You should hear the Nico version! Pretty rad...
I generally dislike anything by David Bowie. I give this one a 6, but it's one of the few Bowie songs I'll rate higher than a 3. It could be a 9 or a 10 if it were performed by someone else. There's just something about Bowie's voice and overall sound that gives me a headache.
I've only recently started to have a go at Bowie stuff, and I must say I get him now. Stars, Life on Mars and this are classic tracks.
cosmiclint wrote:
I seem to recall when this came out there was also a movie called Heroes featuring Henry "the Fonz" Winkler. I don't think there was a connection.
That was the one where "the Fonz" was actually acting and portraying a disabled person.
Alpine wrote:
T E N
... and then some!
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
what is it about dolphins anyway?
Yeah. What about porpoises? They suffer a practically genocidal campaign of violent persecution from dolphins.
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
what is it about dolphins anyway?
Yea, what is it? Someone please help?
prickelpit96 wrote:
Wir sind dann Helden fÃŒr einen Tag :daisy:
I've got a copy of that - on vinyl, and the French version as well. Is their a line that goes (in my American phonetics) gibst un eine chancer
I seem to recall when this came out there was also a movie called Heroes featuring Henry "the Fonz" Winkler. I don't think there was a connection.