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"Black Hole Sun" is a song by 1990's grunge band Soundgarden. It originally appeared on their 1994 album Superunknown and was the second single released from it (the previous one being "Spoonman"). It would later appear on the band's greatest hits album A-Sides. It is possibly the band's most popular song, and was the most popular grunge song of 1994. It is considered by some to be the last major hit for grunge in the mainstream. In 1995 the song won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. A song is a relatively short musical composition for the human voice (possibly accompanied by other musical instruments), which features words (lyrics). ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Soundgarden was a seminal Seattle rock band who helped to define the sound that came to be called grunge. ... Superunknown was released March 8, 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... Spoonman is a hit song by the band Soundgarden. ... A-Sides is a best-of album by Soundgarden with songs spanning their 10 year career. ... The Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance has been awarded since 1990. ...

Released as a single in the summer of 1994, the song's success came shortly after the death of the grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain. With its bleak lyrics (particularly the chorus's "black hole sun/Won't you come/And wash away the rain"), its popularity may have been a result of the sadness that was felt throughout the grunge community at the time. Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – ca. ...

The music video that 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. As in the case of its radio airplay, the video was given heavy rotation on MTV. A music video (also promo) is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known only as The Doctor, who explores time and space with his companions, fighting evil. ... David Lynch at Cannes in 2001 David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946, in Missoula, Montana) is an American filmmaker. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Clear Channel put it on its list of possibly inappropriate songs. The explosion resulting from the crashing of United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower. ... Clear channel stations are AM radio stations that are designated as such so that only one or two 50,000 watt powerhouses operate at night on each designated frequency, covering a wide area via sky wave propagation. ... In the days following the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., many television and radio stations altered normal programming in response to the events. ...

"Black Hole Sun" has been covered by Paul Anka, Mimi Goese, Incubus, Jandek, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, Cibo Matto, jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, The Moog Cookbook, Alanis Morissette, Copeland, as well as by former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell on his Euphoria Morning tour and by Cornell's current band, Audioslave, on their Out of Exile tour and Live 8 performance. Paul Anka receiving the Order of Canada from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in a ceremony performed at Rideau Hall on Friday, June 10, 2005. ... Former vocalist for college rock band Hugo Largo, her two collaborations with Moby, Into the Blue and When Its Cold Id Like to Die appear on Mobys album Everything Is Wrong. ... Incubus is a five-man alternative rock band based out of Calabasas, CA. Members include Brandon Boyd (vocals and percussion), Mike Einziger (guitar), Ben Kenney (bass), Jose Pasillas (drums) and DJ Kilmore (turntables). ... Jandeks second album, Six and Six (1981) Jandek is a musician, presumably from Houston, Texas. ... Steve Lawrence (born July 8, 1935) is an American singer, perhaps best known as a member of a duo with his wife Eydie Gormé. The two have appeared together since appearing regularly on Steve Allens The Tonight Show in the mid 1950s[1][2]. Lawrence is an actor as... Eydie Gormé (b. ... Cibo Matto Cibo Matto was a New York City-based band formed by Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda in the 1990s. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... Pianist Glenn Gould, Toronto, 1974 A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... Brad Mehldau (born August 23, 1970) is an American jazz pianist. ... The Moog Cookbook was the first album by electronica duo Moog Cookbook. ... Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a Grammy Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and occasional actress. ... Copeland is an indie rock group. ... Chris Cornell in the music video for the Audioslave song Be Yourself Chris Cornell(born July 20, 1964) is an American guitarist/singer-songwriter most well-known for being the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave. ... Euphoria Morning is the first solo album released by Chris Cornell. ... Audioslave is an alternative rock supergroup consisting of Chris Cornell (formerly of Soundgarden) and the instrumentalists of Rage Against the Machine. ... Out of Exile is the second album by American rock band Audioslave, first released on May 23 2005 internationally and a day later in the US. As of now, four singles have been released: Be Yourself, Your Time Has Come, Doesnt Remind Me, and Out of Exile. Critical response... Official Live 8 DVD. Released 7th/8th November 2005 Live 8 was a series of benefit concerts that took place in July 2005, in the G8 nations and South Africa. ...

Dispite the song's popularity, nobody, not even Chris Cornell (who wrote it) know exactally what the song is actually about.

Chart positions

Year Single Chart Position
1995 Black Hole Sun Official Irish Singles Chart No. 7
1994 Black Hole Sun Official UK Singles Chart No. 12
1994 Black Hole Sun Mainstream Rock Tracks (US) No. 1
1994 Black Hole Sun Modern Rock Tracks (US) No. 2
1994 Black Hole Sun Top 40 Mainstream (US) No. 9

External link

  • All Music Guide review

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From: kkr@connected.com (Kelly Kristek) Black hole sun (parts anyways) By SoundGarden (SuperUnknown) Transcibed (partly) by kelly Kristek.
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