D’Angelo’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ Cover is Very Good

Close your eyes and envision watching MTV back when music videos existed outside of Vimeo. There’s a strong chance that in your imagination you are viewing an iconic video like the one for Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” or D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does it Feel?).” You would think those songs share nothing in common besides the videos that defined their respective slices of the past 20 years. Now, via Head Nodz, we have D’Angelo’s neo-soul cover of “Black Hole Sun,” which was just leaked onto the Internet to bring these two artists together.

D’Angelo and Soundgarden, it turns out, go together like pineapples and pepperoni pizza. You can’t figure out how the combination will work in your head, but then you take a bite and—BOOM—you realize how delicious Hawaiian pizza is. Take a taste:

This cover is reportedly from 2003 or 2004 (while other outlets suggest 2008), but languished on some hard drive before its recent leak. That’s an interesting time frame, considering it straddles D’Angelo’s rehab stint for alcoholism that was documented in this Spin story.

Funny how a cover of a mid-nineties alt-rock staple recorded years ago by a soul artist who reached the apex of his fame in 2000 sounds fresher than anything else being released nowadays. Hawaiian pizza truly is timeless.

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