Black Hole Sun



"Black Hole Sun" is a song by Seattle grunge band Soundgarden. It originally appeared on their 1994 album Superunknown and was the second single released from it (the previous single being "Spoonman"). It would later appear on the band's greatest hits album A-Sides. It is arguably the band's most recognizable and most popular song. In 1995 it won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Released as a single in the summer of 1994, the song's success came shortly after the death of grunge icon Kurt Cobain.

The surreal music video was directed by Howard Greenhalgh, produced by Megan Hollister for Why Not Films (London), shot by Ivan Bartos, and features post production work by 525 Post Production (Hollywood) and Soho 601 Effects (London). It accompanied the song contained scenes that possibly reference the British TV series Doctor Who. Others assert that some scenes reference the films of David Lynch. After several weeks of airplay on MTV, a second version of the video was substituted containing more elaborate visual effects than the original. In 1995 it received the Clio Award for Alternative Music Video.[citation needed]

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Clear Channel included the song on its list of possibly inappropriate songs.[citation needed]

"Black Hole Sun" has been covered by Judith Owen (mainly in 5/4 time, in a dramatic break with the original), Paul Anka, Mimi Goese, Incubus, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, Cibo Matto, jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, The Moog Cookbook, Alanis Morissette, Copeland, Peter Frampton, Handsome Hank And His Lonesome Boys as well as by former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell on his Euphoria Morning tour and by Cornell's former band, Audioslave, on their Out of Exile tour and during their Live 8 performance.

It was also featured in a polka medley by "Weird Al" Yankovic. Bob Rivers's parody of the song is occasionally misattributed to Weird Al.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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