Release and impact::"Heroes" (David Bowie album)


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"Heroes" was marketed by RCA with the catchphrase, "There's Old Wave. There's New Wave. And there's David Bowie..."<ref name="Bowie: An Illustrated Record">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> It enjoyed a positive critical reception on release in late 1977,<ref name="The Complete David Bowie"/> Melody Maker and NME both naming it 'Album of the Year'.<ref name="Loving the Alien"/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> It reached No. 3 in the UK and stayed in the charts for 26 weeks, but was less successful in the US where it peaked at No. 35. The album was released in Germany with the track "Heroes/Helden", the lyrics sung partly in German. Its influence is enduring: John Lennon said that when making his album Double Fantasy in 1980, his ambition was to "do something as good as ‍ '​Heroes‍ '​."<ref name="The Complete David Bowie"/><ref name="Loving the Alien">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

A number of the album's tracks were played live at Bowie's concerts the following year, the Low and Heroes World Tour captured on record as Stage (1978). Philip Glass adapted a classical suite, "Heroes" Symphony, based on this album, a companion to his earlier Low Symphony. The title track has been covered by numerous artists, and has been frequently used as an encore by recent incarnations of King Crimson, while The Secret Life of Arabia was sung by Billy Mackenzie in 1982 on the British Electric Foundation LP Music of Quality and Distinction. Several tracks were used in the film Christiane F. Bowie performed as himself in the film.

The cover of Bowie's 2013 album, The Next Day, was an altered and obscured version of the "Heroes" cover.

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