SOUNDGARDEN
BLACK HOLE SUN

LABEL
A&M Records

RELEASE DATE
1994

"Black Hole Sun" is the song that put Soundgarden over the top, made them the darlings of MTV, and propelled Superunknown to sales in excess of 5 million copies. Consistent with the release schedule of the time, there were at least 9 different versions of the single distributed throughout the world.

The video for "Black Hole Sun" was easily the band's most popular, seeming to play endlessly on MTV. It even earned the 1995 Clio Award for Alternative Music Video. The 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).

The track lists for the releases are as follows:

  RADIO PROMO CD:
  1. Black Hole Sun
    Music & Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1994 You Make Me Sick I Make Music (ASCAP)

  2. Black Hole Sun (Edit)
EUROPEAN/GERMAN CD #1:
  1. Black Hole Sun

  2. Like Suicide (Acoustic)
    Music & Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1994 You Make Me Sick I Make Music (ASCAP)
    Performed, mixed, and produced by Chris Cornell

    Chris Cornell's solo acoustic version of "Like Suicide," which later appeared on the SFW soundtrack, Songs From The Superunknown, and the Alive In The Superunknown CD+. The original version of the song is on Superunknown.

  3. Kickstand (Live)
EUROPEAN CD #2:
  1. Black Hole Sun
  2. Jesus Christ Pose (Live)
  3. My Wave (Live)

  4. Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
    As the title implies, the remix by Steve Fisk, who, incidentally, is a member of Pigeonhed, which is one of Kim Thayil's side projects.
UK BOX SET:
  1. Black Hole Sun
  2. Beyond The Wheel (Live)
  3. Fell On Black Days (Live)

  4. Birth Ritual (Demo)
    Written by Cornell, Cameron, Thayil.

    The original demo version of "Birth Ritual" appeared as a b-side to the Australian "My Wave" single in 1994 and again in 1997 as a b-side to "Burden In My Hand." The completed version of the song appeared on the Singles soundtrack and as a b-side to "Fell On Black Days."

  AUSTRALIAN/GERMAN CD #2:
  1. Black Hole Sun
  2. Jesus Christ Pose (Live)
  3. Beyond The Wheel (Live)
PROMO CD:
  1. Black Hole Sun
  2. Beyond The Wheel (Live)
  3. Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
  UK PICTURE 7", CASSETTE SINGLE:
  1. Black Hole Sun
  2. My Wave (Live)
  3. Beyond The Wheel (Live)
  FRENCH PROMO 12":
  1. Black Hole Sun
  JUKEBOX 7"
  1. Black Hole Sun
  2. Spoonman