Listen now (6 mins) | Hello everyone! Wow! Thank you for all of the excellent song suggestions. I picked "Heroes" because I had a 12-string guitar handy and I was curious about how close I could get to replicating the beautiful drone-y nature of the original track. Love love love this song. The 7-inch record I have in my collection has it in English, French, and German along with "V-2 Schneider" on the B-side. Can’t remember exactly where I found it, but it must have been in the used import bin at one of the record stores I “lived” at in the early eighties. I think it’s from Australia! One other thing worth sharing about this song—Wilco rehearsed a version for the covers night at Solid Sound a while back, but it didn’t end up getting played.
I don’t think I can adequately explain how much this means to me. I was having a rough night at the end of a rough year when I suggested this song last night and I knew this would help me. The wistful nostalgia, maybe even sadness, turning into a sort of defiance as you listen…(at least that’s what I hear) it moves me every single time I hear this. This is is a beautiful cover, Jeff, and it certainly affected me as much (if not more, today) as the original. Thank you so much!
I started playing guitar on January 10, 2016. Losing Bowie around the same time made it feel tragically serendipitous because he was my first love, and I felt like the teenager obsessed with naive possibilities part of me had died with him. I grieved that moment in a way I still haven’t been able to resolve.
I don’t know how you do it Jeff, but you’re always inside of my brain. Your music saved my life once before, and you keep saving me from slipping back into darkness all the time.
Around this time of year is when I always feel mournful and lonely thinking about all those who are gone and won’t be here for the next year, and hearing you sing this today is keeping the little tiny flame of grace lit inside my heart. Every time I feel ready to give up, you pull me back.
I don’t know how you know, but THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for feeding the fire again like you always do. I needed this today more than you can ever know. I’m still playing guitar and embracing the healing that it brings. Thank you for reminding me of all of my blessings and for being one of the biggest ones.
With deepest gratitude,
Listening to this from my hospital bed, closing my eyes and just feeling. Thank you.
This is my absolute favorite song now sung by my absolute favorite musician. My kids know that when/if Heroes comes on the radio they are to be quiet and let me sing to my heart's content. Thank you for choosing this; a great start to a new year.
Starship Casual is worth so much more than just $...thanks, Jeff. U guys are A-1 awesome.
We can be heroes. Yes indeed as I’m waiting for my second Covid test of the week. I guess I just have a cold. I tested neg earlier but I start school again Monday and I want to be sure. I also just listened to Let it Be on the Wilco Recommends Spotify playlist. That helped too.
Beautiful version of one of my favorite songs! Thank you for this. And I would have loved to hear that at SS - but that set was one of the best even without this song.
An amazing song for ringing in the new year! It sets the perfect tone for healing and hope. Thank you!!! ♥️
I also wish I could swim like dolphins can swim. And I thank you for another enjoyable recording. Happy New Year! (P.S. Was anyone else singing "I remember" and "By the wall" while listening?)
There were so many incredible suggestions and this is really lovely. Such a great way to start a new year. Thanks, Captain! ❤️
Would love this as a stand alone release!
Very, very cool Jeffy - thanks for bringing a little bit of Bowie back into the world to kick off 2022
Thanks so much for this, Jeff. Just perfect for the start of a new year.
Fantastic! Thank you!
Perfect💖 Thank you Capt’n 🙏