Black Hole Sun - Cover Versions

Cover Versions

"Black Hole Sun" has been covered by numerous artists. Lo-fi pioneer R. Stevie Moore recorded a homemade version in 1994. An instrumental version of the song by The Moog Cookbook appears on the band's 1995 debut album The Moog Cookbook, performed entirely using vintage analog synthesizers. Cibo Matto covered the song on their self titled debut 1995 EP release. Another one of the first cover recordings was a jazz version by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé on the 1997 compilation album Lounge-A-Palooza. Former Hugo Largo vocalist Mimi Goese covered the song on her 1998 solo album Soak. The singer-songwriter Paul Anka gave "Black Hole Sun" a swing treatment on his 2005 album Rock Swings. A cover was also done by the band Copeland which was featured on the 2006 compilation album Punk Goes '90s. Peter Frampton covered "Black Hole Sun" on his 2006 instrumental album Fingerprints, joined on the track by Pearl Jam/Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. In 2008, the Brad Mehldau Trio covered "Black Hole Sun" on the band's Live album (recorded in late 2006), working the song's verse and chorus melodies into a 23 minute long extemporaneous jazz piece. The strings group The Section Quartet covered the song on its 2007 album Fuzzbox. In 2009, English alternative rock band Fightstar posted an acoustic cover of the song on its Facebook account. In 2010, the band VersaEmerge covered an acoustic version of "Black Hole Sun" for Revolver Magazine. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals began covering the song on their 2012 tour.

In addition to cover versions, "Black Hole Sun" has also inspired a few parodies. "Weird Al" Yankovic included the song in "The Alternative Polka", a polka medley entirely made up of alternative rock songs, from the 1996 album Bad Hair Day.

In 2002, Bob Rivers wrote a parody called "Ass Hole Son". The song depicts a twenty-nine-year-old bum who still lives with his parents and does irresponsible things such as not paying the rent and trashing the car.

In 2005, Lea DeLaria also made a jazz version on the album "Double Standards".

In 2012, Anastacia released a version on her cover album of male rock standards.

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