Bobby Earth turns Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” into a perfect, emotional eulogy for the belated Chris Cornell.

Yesterday, the rock world – the music world, really – lost a modern-day legend in Chris Cornell. The former frontman for Audioslave and Soundgarden’s sudden passing took many by surprise, especially given that Soundgarden was currently touring the U.S.

Soundgarden’s classic cut “Black Hole Sun” is bleak. It’s a grunge rock jam about a world at its worst and a cry for something, anything, to make it just a little bearable. And its lyrics are a little random. In a recently reprinted interview with Request Magazine, Cornell himself admitted, “Lyrically, it’s probably the closest to me just playing with words for words’ sake. It worked for a lot of people who heard it, but I have no idea how you’d take that one literally.” In spite of the randomness, “Black Hole Sun” was catchy and fans loved it – so much so, that it ended up hitting #1 on the Billboard charts back in 1994 and remains one of the band’s all-time biggest hits.

Leave it to Bobby Earth to give “Black Hole Sun” a new meaning. The Houston sound sequencer and Milky Wayv paid tribute to Chris Cornell by sharing his own cover of the classic track. Earth’s “Black Hole Sun” embodies the emotion of the moment, his bluesy arrangement adding keys and emphasizing the kickdrums and snares. Bobby’s voice is melodic and melancholy, almost sorrowful on the song’s hook. While Cornell may have just been putting words together, hearing Bobby sing, “Call my name through the cream and I’ll, hear you scream again,” seems almost like a plea for the belated singer to come back from the dead for one last performance.

Stream Bobby Earth’s “Black Hole Sun” cover for yourself down below. The cover can be downloaded for free off Earth’s Bandcamp page here.

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