We’re digging into the Far Out Magazine Vault to bring you one of the most famous covers of David Bowie ever—the moment Liam and Noel Gallagher, with Oasis, offer up a wonderful rendition of Bowie hit ‘Heroes’.
The perfect cover is a difficult cocktail to get right. Much like making a cocktail, the perfect recipe is all to do with balance. The delicate balance between paying tribute to the original and taking the song down your own path.
That’s something that Oasis pull off with ease on their cover of the enigmatic seminal single from the Bowie. The cover was released as a B-side to their 1997 single ‘D’You Know What I Mean?’, and with it, the Manchester band deliver a lethal concoction of bravado, acknowledgement, and rock and roll star power.
“This is the first song I heard by David Bowie,” remarks Noel in an interview mourning the Starman’s passing. Gallagher shares how the song changed his life and how seeing Bowie, explaining: “Singing this song with the light behind him. It totally fucking blew me away. I went down to my local second-hand record shop a couple of days later and got Best of Bowie and never looked back.
“And for all my talk of, ‘Well, what are his songs about? We don’t really know what they’re about’, I think ‘Heroes’ is quite straightforward. The sentiment is amazing: We can be heroes, if only for one day. We all can’t make it in life, but we can feel like we make it, for one day at a time. That’s why it’s my favourite.” This is the emboldening sentiment that ran through the veins of Noel Gallagher in 1981 and the same one he gave a generation of council estate kids in the ’90s.
This cover of Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ is one of our favourite Bowie covers of all time and within it, you can feel the adoration they hold for the man himself while still projecting their own rock star shadow.