Time for Heroes

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"Time for Heroes"
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Single by The Libertines
from the album Up the Bracket
Released January 13, 2003
Format 7", CD
Genre Indie rock
Length 2:40
Label Rough Trade
Producer(s) Mick Jones
The Libertines singles chronology
"Up the Bracket"
(2002)
"Time for Heroes"
(2003)
"Don't Look Back into the Sun"
(2003)
"Up the Bracket"
(2002)
"Time for Heroes"
(2003)
"Don't Look Back into the Sun"
(2003)

"Time for Heroes" is a song by English rock band the Libertines, and is featured on their debut album, Up the Bracket. It was released 13 January 2003 as the second single from that album, placing at #20 in the UK Singles Chart (see 2003 in British music). The song is based on singer/guitarist Pete Doherty's experiences and police brutality at the London May Day Riots of 2000.

Background[edit]

Writing under the name Heavyhorse to fans on the Libertines web forum about the song, Doherty explained the meaning behind the lyric "wombles bleed, truncheons and shields":[1]

"The 'wombles' were a revolutionary sect from the era of the Mayday riots in the year 2000. They were rioters who all dressed up like wombles from the t.v series, including tinfoil shields and wobbly truncheons, mimicking the riot police. There were about 12 of them, but they had many enthusiastic disciples."

Release[edit]

Aside from being released in three different versions in the UK, the single was released as a six track EP in Japan, featuring the music video for "Time for Heroes" as well.

Reception[edit]

The song was a fan favourite of the Libertines' live shows, and Pete Doherty's later band Babyshambles often play the song at their gigs. It is also widely acclaimed, coming in at number 2 (behind "Last Nite" by the Strokes) on NME's list of the best 50 songs of the previous decade.

A music video for "Time for Heroes" was filmed in Madrid, featuring the city's Metro and Colon's Square.

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Time For Heroes" at number 6 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever, one place below "Don't Look Back Into The Sun," also by the Libertines.[2] In 2011, NME placed it at number 10 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[3]

Graham Coxon performed a version of this song for Radio 1's Live Lounge.

"Time for Heroes" also featured in the American film American Wedding.

Track listing[edit]

7"[edit]

  1. "Time for Heroes" – 2:41
  2. "7 Deadly Sins" (Demo) – 2:50

CD 1[edit]

  1. "Time for Heroes" – 2:41
  2. "General Smuts" (Demo) – 3:31
  3. "Bangkok" (Demo) – 2:14

CD 2[edit]

  1. "Time for Heroes" – 2:41
  2. "Mr. Finnegan" (Demo) – 1:51
  3. "Sally Brown" (Demo) – 2:54

Japanese EP[edit]

  1. "Time for Heroes" – 2:41
  2. "I Get Along (Original Version)" – 2:54
  3. "The Delaney" – 2:40
  4. "Mayday" – 1:04
  5. "Skag & Bone Man" – 1:48
  6. "Bangkok" (Demo) – 2:12
  7. Time For Heroes (Music Video)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 20

References[edit]