Music can be a time capsule, but the meaning of the song or tunes also evolve with time. I have chosen to trace some key events in my earlier life, from growing up in Switzerland through to moving to Australia in my early 20’s. This soundtrack to my youth is a seven part series.
We could be Heroes!
I still believe this! When I started to write this online exposé of my musical tastes, this was the first piece of music that came to mind. I have never really been a fan of a particular band or artist (OK I admit there was that episode in the early 1970’s with The Sweet but please don’t tell anyone!). What I mean by being a ‘fan’ was, that I had to have every track the artist ever made and needing to know all of the background gossip of his or her life.
The closest thing I got to being a ‘fan’ is how I regard David Bowie. The funny thing is that lyrics are an important part of Bowie’s work and yet when I discovered his work in 1977, my English was still at kindergarten level. That didn’t matter, it was the sound and vision (pun intended) that got me hooked. Heroes, was famously recorded at Hansa Studio by the Wall in West Berlin. The music also reflected my other musical obsession at the time, progressive German electronic music. Looking back, the album had it all: music by Bowie, recorded in Germany, black and white photography on the album cover by Japanese photographer, Masayoshi Sukita and the LP was mixed in Montreux Switzerland. I’ve always loved this kind of serendipity.
A couple of years later, in 1979, I would read Christiane F. ‘Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo’, in which Bowie’s music was an integral part. Best of all, David Bowie also released a German and French version of this song. Now I could finally get the lyrical brilliance as well. It’s a song that transports me straight back to being a teenager, and also reminds me about my early years in Australia. It still fills me with joy.
So while I am still not a ‘proper’ fan, David Bowie really is my Hero!
David Bowie ‘Heroes’