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500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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David Bowie, 'Heroes'


David Bowie, 'Heroes'
46/500

Writers: Bowie, Brian Eno
Producer: Tony Visconti
Released: Sept. '77, RCA
Did not chart

After a coke-fried spell in Los Angeles, Bowie was detoxing in Berlin when he spied two lovers having a rendezvous by the Berlin Wall. Said Bowie, "I thought, of all the places to meet in Berlin, why pick a bench underneath a guard turret on the Wall?" Imagining the story behind their affair, Bowie wrote his most compassionate song ever. The song builds for six minutes, with Bowie setting his ragged, impassioned croon over a throbbing groove consisting of Eno's humming synths, Robert Fripp's guitar and producer Visconti banging on a metal ashtray that was lying around the studio. Bowie wails with crazed soul about two doomed lovers finding a moment of redemption together — just for one day.

Appears on: Heroes (Virgin) 

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