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6 things we were doing and watching when Black Hole Sun was a hit

Black Hole Sun, won’t you come and wash away the rain?

IN A BLAST from the past, grunge band Soundgarden have announced a gig in the O2 in Dublin on September 16th.

Their most famous song, Black Hole Sun, was released in 1994. You might even remember their RDS gig the following year.

What else we doing with ourselves back then?

Stick on some Soundgarden, close your eyes and follow us back in time to 1994…

The Eurovision was in the Point…

…And we won! For the third time in a row!

Image: via Riverdance

The presenters were Cynthia Ni Mhurchu and Gerry Ryan, our winning entry was Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids performed by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan and GET THIS, the interval performance was Riverdance – the first ever time we saw it.

The year in politics

Albert Reynolds resigned as Taoiseach and John Bruton, then leader of Fine Gael, became head of the “Rainbow” government in a coalition with Labour and the Democratic Left parties. Sounds a bit familiar, actually.

Image: via Riemann’s Cut

Oh… and Bertie Ahern was elected leader of Fianna Fail. Ahem.

We were watching…

Image: via Kat Ph

BBC and RTE teamed up with Roddy Doyle and Michael Winterbottom to give us hit drama Family. It was set in Ballymun and featured Irish actors Sean McGinley and Ger Ryan. Do you remember watching it?

Image: via Jimmy Fungus

Meanwhile, on the silver screen – Forrest Gump, Speed, Dumb & Dumber, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction and The Lion King were all released in 1994. What a year for cinema trips!

Sporting year

We got knocked out of the World Cup by Holland. Sad times.  BUT we beat Italy 1-0, one of the favourites to win.


Ray Houghton, you beauty.

In the ‘Zone

As well as Black Hole Sun, you were probably dancing along to Boyzone’s debut release Said and Done.

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Love me for a reason, y’all, and let the reason be love.

A star is born

Want to feel old? Well, Irish Hollywood export Saoirse Ronan was only just born in 1994.

Image: via Wikimedia Commons

Wouldn’t it make you sick!

But back to the song at hand…

Soundgarden’s frontman, Chris Cornell, has said he wrote Black Hole Sun in “about 15 minutes”. Do you reckon it shows? Give it a listen for old time’s sake.


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