V2 Schneider and Heroes

V2 Schneider – Bowie

I don’t know why Bowie titled it so; maybe it’s a tribute to the Kraftwerk dude.  Whatever, it’s one of my all-time favourite intros and even though it’s lost some power compared to the “modern” sounds available now, it’s still a cracker and it could easily be re-done.  The sax at the end is strangely apocalyptic…

The whole video is a reminder about East-West posturing in Georgia, Poland, Czech Republic, Belarus between the USA and Russia..

This is a second posting of this.  I thought I’d repost in response to hearing a German version of Heroes here on a Bowie fanatic’s site.  Since then, and I’ve checked, there are two V2 Schneider’s on YouTube now, so the one above is 50% of the offerings!

The version of Heroes below is by Apocalyptica with a dude called Till Lindemann growling away.

Apocalyptica FeaturingTill Lindemann (Helden)

Moonage Web Dream says that the original “Heroes” was done in German, and who am I to argue.  Bowie always has been slightly off with regard to his art, which is the whole point, I think.  This track, despite the fascist overtones (which Till professes is not his intentions), is absolutely great.  The melody and pace are basically unchanged but the whole timbre is enhanced.  The only omission is the flat pace throughout, whereas in Bowie’s original, there is a subtle increase in pace to emphasise the second chorus onwards, I think.

Helden Liedtexte

Könntest du schwimmen
Wie Delphine
Delphine es tun
Niemand gibt uns eine Chance
Doch wir können siegen
Für immer und immer
Und wir sind dann Helden
Fuer einen Tag …..Yah!
Ich bin dann König
Und du
Du Königin
Obwohl sie
Unschlagbar scheinen
Werden wir Helden
Fur einen Tag
Wir sind dann wir
An diesem Tag

Ich glaubte zu träumen (zu träumen)
Die Mauer
Im Rücken war kalt (so kalt)
Schüsse reißen die Luft (reißen die Luft)
Doch wir küssen
Als ob nichts geschieht (nichts geschieht)
Und die Scham fiel auf ihre Seite
O, wir können sie schlagen
Für alle Zeiten
Dann sind wir Helden
Nur diesen Tag

Dann sind wir Helden
Dann sind wir Helden
Dann sind wir Helden
Nur diesen Tag

Heroes Lyrics

I-I wish you 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 beat them-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-forever and ever
Then we could be heroes-just for one day
We can be heroes (3X)
Just for one day
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
Oh, oh, oh, ohhh-oh, oh, oh, ohhh, just for one day
Oh, just for one day

By Strangely

Founding member of the gifted & talented band, "The Crawling Chaos" from the North-East of England.


  1. haha “some dude called Till Lindermann”…he’s the singer of one of the most famous industrial/dance metal bands of the 90s and naughties funny father…

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