Listen To Depeche Mode’s New Cover Of Bowie’s “Heroes”

September 22 marked the 40th anniversary of the release of the David Bowie single “Heroes”, and I can’t really get my brain around that even though I know it’s true. What with all the Bowie tributes over the past many months after his death, I somehow came to picture this iconic classic in my mind’s eye as being mid-period Bowie, when in fact it came out only five short years after Ziggy Stardust.

I guess that speaks to his incredible run of classic albums in the Seventies, and how each subsequent album represented a musical transition of one kind or another. Bowie never really had a mid-period – every album was like a new period all on its own.

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Still, this particular song was a pinnacle of sorts, and may very well be his most beloved track of all time. It’s been covered by The Wallflowers, Peter Gabriel, Kasabian, Oasis, Blondie, King Crimson, Motorhead, The Magnetic Fields, TV On The Radio, Phillip Glass, Tangerine Dream, Janelle Monae, Billy Preston, and many others, in part because there’s a deceptive simplicity to it that allows it to be treated in drastically different ways.

And now there’s a new cover by Depeche Mode, who have released a studio version of it in honor of the anniversary. A nice gesture, especially when you consider there never would have been a Depeche Mode if there had never been a Bowie in the first place. Their version sounds pretty much exactly as you would expect, with the synth beats and beds, sweet little understated guitar licks, and a really great vocal performance from Dave Gahan.

Do we really need another “Heroes” cover? I say absolutely yes we do. This song is eternal and loaded with meaning, it will always be timely, and you can’t really go wrong with it. Surely people will be covering it for ever and ever (they could be heroes just for one day).


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