Watch Fricción's Ultimate Spanish Version of David Bowie's 'Heroes'

David Bowie photographed in 2015.
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David Bowie photographed in 2015.

Buenos Aires band Fricción recorded the ultimate Spanish version of 'Heroes;' Gustavo Cerati joined a live performance of the song

Today, as the world mourns the loss of David Bowie, “Heroes” will be among the songs heard across the globe. Rock en español fans grasping for some consolation can crank up Fricción’s great Spanish-language version.

Fricción was the Buenos Aires band led by the powerful and characteristically dark singer and guitarist Richard Coleman. Early in his career, Coleman had a brief moment as the fourth member of Soda Stereo, and in later years produced albums for his friend and Soda frontman Gustavo Cerati, another musical hero who would depart too soon.

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“Heroés” was recorded in 1987, when the inspirational anthem had special meaning for rockers leading a cultural revolution in a country just emerged from dark times under a military regime. Fricción would be short-lived, and Coleman moved on to other projects, but such was the Bowie cover’s popularity that he has continued to perform it over the years with other bands.

In this video, Cerati joins Coleman and his band 7 Delfines performing “Héroes” during a 2003 show at a club in Buenos Aires.

Here’s Fricción’s recording of “Heroés”

Bowie himself finally arrived in Buenos Aires for the final concert of his 1990 Sound and Vision tour at River Plate stadium. The massive crowd, familiar with Fricción’s version, reportedly sang along in Spanish when he performed “Heroes.”

Watch Bowie sing the song near the end of this video of the concert (23:19).

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