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During the mid- to late-’70s, David Bowie kept residence in the Schöneberg district of what was then West Berlin, Germany. He lived there with Iggy Pop, and it was during this time period that he recorded his iconic Berlin Trilogy: Low (1977), “Heroes” (1977), and Lodger (1979). Today, the city commemorated Bowie’s time there and the Trilogy’s impact by unveiling a new plaque on the very building that housed Bowie and Pop during those years.
Permanently installed at Hauptstraße 155, the porcelain memorial plaque reads (roughly translated from German), “In this house lived from 1976 to 1978 David Bowie 8.1.1947 – 10.1.2016. In this time arose the albums Low, Heroes, and Lodger. They go by the Berlin Trilogy in the history of music.” The message ends with a quote from the chorus of “Heroes”, “We can be heroes, just for one day.”
Bowie himself had said that the inspiration for “Heroes” came from watching his producer Tony Visconti share a romantic moment with his girlfriend against the Berlin Wall.