David Bowie * HEROES * Original 45rpm English / French/ German with Original Picture Sleeve 1977 Mint Pristine New Condition. David Bowie's single " Heroes " was officially released in France on September 15, 1977, and everywhere else on September 23, 1977. Side A : " Heroes " English version / French version. B Side : "Helden" German Version / "V-2 Schneider " English Version. The German version of " Heroes " was released on September 25, 1977. This version was re-mixed in 1989 and appears on Bowie's retrospective 3-record album, ' Sound + Vision ". The single, " Heroes " reached number 24 on the British charts. According to Bowie , " Heroes " is about two lovers , living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall (which divided West and East Germany). The song reflects two worlds and the clash between love and the gloom reality of The Wall. Quotations marks around the word " Heroes " appears on both the song and the album. The quotation marks are used to emphasize a sense of irony in which love rises above walls and conflict. Brian Eno co-wrote the song and left the studio before the lyrics were recorded. He was aware of the song's theme, i.e., " Heroes " , but he had not heard the words. Bowie stated on several occasions that the song was based on the time he "saw two lovers standing by the Berlin Wall. An East German watch tower stood high above them, manned by armed guards." He told Rolling Stone Magazine: " Why did they choose the gun turret? I assumed their motive was guilt, thus the act of heroism in facing it." He also told a U.S. reporter : " Maybe they felt guilty about their affair and were drawn to the spot for that reason, to cause the affair to be an act of heroism. It seemed a very 70's incident and their personal survival by self-rule--that's my only positive thought on society today." While in Berlin , Bowie had visited the Brücke-Museum on several occasions , and three paintings in the museum inspired Bowie's visual work during this time period. One of Bowie's favorite artists whose works were on exhibit at the museum was Otto Mueller. One of Mueller's pictures , painted in 1916, was Lovers Between Garden Walls. This painting portrays two lovers next to a wall and is likely the source of Bowie's inspiration for " Heroes" The other two paintings , Gramatte's self-portait inspired the " Heroes " album cover ; and Heckel's Roquairol inspired Iggy Pop's ' The Idiot ' album cover , which was released on March 18, 1977. Bowie co-produced the album and co-wrote 8 songs. This Original 45rpm record is the 1977 Import Release ( English / French/ German ) on RCA Victor Records : record # 20629 with its Original Picture Sleeve in Mint New Condition in it's original clear Poly Protective outer sleeve. Vinyl is in Mint Pristine New Condition with its original brilliant glossy sheen ( has never been played ). Rare , Authentic , David Bowie Original Collectible , and genuine rare piece of Music History. Will be carefully boxed and shipped via Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation / Tracking. Email with any questions before purchasing if you are unsure about something. We ONLY accept Money Orders , Cashiers Checks or U.S. Cash as payment ( we do NOT accept personal checks or online payment at all). Please email about local pick-up , we are located in NYC in Times Square. All International Customers MUST email us before purchasing this item.