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Weak Become Heroes

"Weak Become Heroes" is a song by English alternative hip hop group The Streets. It was released in July 2002 as the third single from their debut album Original Pirate Material.

"Weak Become Heroes"
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Single by The Streets
from the album Original Pirate Material
Released22 July 2002 (2002-07-22)
GenreElectronica, hip house
Songwriter(s)Mike Skinner
The Streets singles chronology
"Let's Push Things Forward" "Weak Become Heroes" "Don't Mug Yourself"
Alternative Covers
UK CD 2 cover
UK CD 2 cover
Alternative cover
Double A-side cover
Double A-side cover
Alternative cover
Remix cover
Remix cover


The song concerns Skinner's experiences of rave culture in the mid-1990s. He says:

The reference I made to Nicky Holloway, Danny Rampling and all that were because I was intelligent enough to find out that those were the guys that started it. So it was 1995, it wasn't '89, even though everyone thinks it was about '89. Which goes to prove that that experience is the same experience that was had for everyone, even though people in 1989 will say it was better in 1989 than it was in 1995. Because I never experienced 1989 but '95 was pretty good.[1]

Skinner also makes reference to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, an act which was seen as curtailing the rights of people to host raves.

Music VideoEdit

The video was filmed in the Works Nightclub (now Hippodrome) in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey with some external shots outside the club in St James's Road in 2002.

Track listingsEdit

CD 1Edit

  1. "Weak Become Heroes" (Ashley Beedle's Love Bug Vocal)
  2. "Same Old Thing" (Outlaw Breaks Remix)
  3. "Same Old Thing" (Morph Resurrection Remix)

Double A-sideEdit

  1. "It's Too Late" (Album version)
  2. "Weak Become Heroes" (Single edit)
  3. "Weak Become Heroes" (Ashley Beedle's Love Bug Vocal)
  4. "Weak Become Heroes" (Röyksopp's Memory Lane Mix)
  5. "Let's Push Things Forward" (The Streets Remix featuring Roll Deep)

Remixes EPEdit

  1. "Weak Become Heroes" (3 Fans Vocal Rerub, by DJ Swingsett, Takuya Nakamura & Lisa Shaw)
  2. "Weak Become Heroes" (3 Fans Dub Rerub, by DJ Swingsett, Takuya Nakamura & Lisa Shaw)
  3. "Weak Become Heroes" (Röyksopp's Memory Lane Mix)
  4. "Weak Become Heroes"


Chart (2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 74
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[3] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 27


  1. ^ "BBC Radio 1: Masterpieces: The Streets - 'Original Pirate Material'". Zane Lowe. 1 December 2009.[1]
  2. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 639 (Week Commencing 27 May 2002)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 2. Archived from the original on 27 June 2002. Retrieved 31 May 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  4. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.