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Heroes - 3 Track EP

by John J O'Sullivan

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The EP was released on all major download/streaming sites on January 6th 2017.

I recorded my interpretation of David Bowie’s awesome track “Heroes” in Autumn/Fall 2015. A crazy idea to tackle such an iconic song? Maybe, but I wanted to apply my own sound to one of my favourite tracks...

I added orchestration at the suggestion of the Music Supervisor at a UK TV broadcaster. When they were finished by Ed I kept listening to the strings on it’s own. ‘’We should do a mix of this with the strings on top” I said to my producer Phil. So we did and we were delighted at the result.

Then David Bowie died. I, along with many others, experienced a great sense of loss.

Just a week later we were performing the ‘Strings’ version of Heroes at Union Chapel for the ‘Starman: A Celebration of David Bowie’ event. There were many famous faces on stage and behind the scenes and I was proud to perform at the end of the 1st half to a sell out crowd and live on YouTube.

Subsequently I met the unassuming but wonderful Wendy Woo. She organised the ‘Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity’ Festival in August to help save the Bandstand that David played on (immortalised on his track ‘Memory of a Free Festival') and where he sat on the steps and wrote the beginnings of ‘Life On Mars’. A fantastically worthy cause. Again we performed the ’Strings’ version as part of our set. On the same slab of concrete, under the same Bandstand roof and to the same vista and trees as did Mr B in 1969... it was mind blowing!

So here is my version of the song in it’s three forms. An edited version of the full version for radio play (fingers crossed!) and my ‘melancholic’ orchestral version. Enjoy and please share in any and every way you see fit!

John
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released January 6, 2017

Recorded and produced by
Push The Frequency with John O’Sullivan at The Park Studios

© 2017, 2018 No Robots Records
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Cover photo by Steve Lyne (lyne.co.uk)
Concert photos by Gary Moyes (at Union Chapel) (garymoyes.co.uk)

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“Heroes” written by David Bowie & Brian Eno
© 1977 Tintoretto Music/RZO Music Ltd/Mainman Saag/ EMI Music Publishing Ltd/Chrysalis Music,
a BMG Chrysalis Company/Universal Music MGB Ltd

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Track Name: Heroes (Radio Edit)
I, I wish I could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim
Though nothing
Nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, for ever and ever
Oh we can be Heroes
Just for one day

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be Heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day

I, I can remember
Standing, by the wall
And the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed
As though nothing could fall
And the shame was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
Then we could be Heroes
Just for one day

We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes

We're nothing, and nothing will help us
Maybe we're lying
Then you better not stay
But we could be safer
Just for one day

We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
Track Name: Heroes (Strings Version)
I, I wish I could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim
Though nothing
Nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, for ever and ever
Oh we can be Heroes
Just for one day

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be Heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day

I, I can remember
Standing, by the wall
And the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed
As though nothing could fall
And the shame was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
Then we could be Heroes
Just for one day

We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes

We're nothing, and nothing will help us
Maybe we're lying
Then you better not stay
But we could be safer
Just for one day

We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
Track Name: Heroes (Full Version)
I, I wish I could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim
Though nothing
Nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, for ever and ever
Oh we can be Heroes
Just for one day

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be Heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day

I, I can remember
Standing, by the wall
And the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed
As though nothing could fall
And the shame was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
Then we could be Heroes
Just for one day

We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes

We're nothing, and nothing will help us
Maybe we're lying
Then you better not stay
But we could be safer
Just for one day

We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes

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