Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme performing Black Hole Sun

Steve! Eydie! Soundgarden!

Yes, really. Here is the immortal Vegas lounge duo Steve and Eydie putting their silken throats to that heroin-laced grunge classic Black Hole Sun, from the album Loungeapalooza. And this time no chipmunk effects. Lyrics over the jump.

And by the way, Eydie‘s got a blog.

Loungeapalooza, baby!

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In my eyes
In disguise
As no one knows
Hides the face
Lies the snake
The sun
In my disgrace
Boiling heat
Summer stench
neath the black
The sky looks dead
Call my name
Through the cream
And Ill hear you
Scream again

Black hole sun
Wont you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Wont you come
Wont you come

Cold and damp
Steal the warm wind
Tired friend
Times are gone
For honest men
And sometimes
Far too long
For snakes
In my shoes
A walking sleep
And my youth
I pray to keep
Heaven send
Hell away
No one sings
Like you

Hang my head
Drown my fear
Till you all just


31 thoughts on “Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme performing Black Hole Sun

  1. Well that should be interesting. Black Hole Sun is one of my all-time favorite songs. I’ll never forget hearing it live in Seattle back in ’97. One of the best concerts I ever went too. And Chris Cornell was hot then, and I’m sure he still is! @ LOL at Frontier’s comment.

  2. Yes, Chris Cornell, hot then as now.

    It was a Nirvana concert that I missed because no-one would go with me that made me decide I needed new friends. And that was an excellent decision, it turned out, although one concert too late. I never did see them live.

  3. “49 years ago in Las Vegas, Steve asked me to marry him. I said, “Can I get back to you”? I did, and I said “Yes, Yes, Yes”! He sent a car for me but fortunately I got out of the way Just in time.”

    Hot damn! I’m in love . . . .

  4. I thought it was just great. I’ll pass this url to my son, and his unlikely crew, who, unlike some, get a big kick out of hearing ‘their’ music done in different ways.
    Johnny Cash started a trend with Hurt, maybe. Good!

  5. Johnny Cash can take credit for many things, but I’m not sure postmodernism is among them. Glad you liked it; this is proof positive if a song is good, you can do what you like to the tempo and it will survive.

  6. what’s next, Cannibal Corpse doing “Stayin’ Alive”?

    I’d love them to try something by Annie Haslam (5 octave range). Can you imagine them doing “Carpet of the Sun”?

  7. I think the clock is ticking on these two, what with them being so advanced in years. Better get that call in to their producer ASAP. Maybe we should start them off with yet another My Humps remake?

  8. I love Chris Cornell. In the Shinto way, I’ll deify him after he passes on. However, he’s getting up there and it might not be too many years before he’s doing lounge-type covers of bands like Linkin Park.

  9. Heard on XM Radio “LUCY” cannel 54, got a kick out of it. It really is true, if a song is good, it will stay around forever.

  10. OMG!!!! I remember Steve and Eydie from when I was a kid and their voices are still like a fine wine – I just cannot believe it. How they can still perform with such smoothness and they must be octagenarians by now. Kudos to them both!!!!

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  12. Never my favorites in their younger years, this track really works for me. What a pleasant and amazing surprise. Good taste is indeed timeless.

  13. Amazing performance – I never was really excited by their earlier stuff, but this really works. I admit it: I love it. Good taste is indeed timeless!

  14. Sorry about the semi-duplicate post – I didn’t see the other one had gone up.

    By the way, are you familiar with “Prozak for Lovers”? Created by a fellow named Bruce Lash, it has some great tracks done cocktail style, also with he and a female duetting; my favorites are Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up” and Tull’s “Aqualung,” both of which work well in translation. You used to be able to find the4 album at – probably, you still can.

    Now I’ll go away….

  15. No need to go away. In fact, if the rest of your recommendations are that good, you can post every damn day!

    I agree with you. Steve and Eydie never really rang my bell, no matter how Vegas-perfect they were, but this particular version is transcendant. Knowing or unknowing, they reached a new plateau of meaning with this.

  16. Awesome, Totally awesome. I wish I could find Eydies Blog, she may not even be performing any longer. Proves any song can be alive forever! Love it!

  17. It’s a stunning testament to the abilities of Steve & Eydie and the arranger. If you had never heard the original you’d never know it wasn’t some interesting song they came across. I heard it 6/14/09 on 100.3FM in LA as Todd Rungren was playing DJ and tossed this into the mix of stuff he was playing in the vein of “songs I like” program. A friend said turn this up and as soon as I heard it I knew I needed it.

    Just stunning.

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