Ep. 37 Notes (“Black Hole Sun,” by Soundgarden)

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The Song

And here are the lyrics.

Supporting Videos

“25 or 6 to 4,” by Chicago

“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” by Led Zeppelin

“Blurred Lines,” by Robin Thicke, ft. Pharrell Williams and T.I.

“Brain Stew/Jaded,” by Green Day

Children of Men trailer

“A Day in the Life,” by the Beatles

“Enter Sandman,” by Metallica

“Fall Down,” by Toad the Wet Sprocket

“God Only Knows,” by the Beach Boys

“Got to Give It Up,” by Marvin Gaye

Incidental Music for ep. 36

Incidental Music for ep. 37

“Louie Louie,” by the Kingsmen

“Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin

“Stairway To Heaven Vs Taurus Guitar examination Led Zeppelin Vs Spirit,” by TJR

(The video above was the one that introduced me to “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.”)

“Undone (The Sweater Song),” by Weezer

“Walking on Sunshine,” by Katrina and the Waves

“Wild Thing,” by the Troggs


Information on which I drew for this episode can be found at the following links.


The Wikipedia article for “Black Hole Sun.”

The Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs Charts for 1994.

The Billboard Alternative Songs Chart for July 2, 1994.

The Wikipedia article for “25 or 6 to 4.”

The Wikipedia article for “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.”

Jordan Runtagh, “Songs on Trial: 10 Landmark Music Copyright Cases,” Rolling Stone

Kory Grow, “Led Zeppelin Win in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Trial,” Rolling Stone

Q: Can you copyright a chord progression?

A1: “Yes.” A2: “Yes.” A3: “Yes and no.”

Philosophical Sources


“The Cops of Pop” episode at Hi-Phi Nation is an excellent philosophical investigation of songs that can be “mashed up” together, and whether this is an insult to the creativity of pop musicians.

Margaret Boden on the three types of creativity [PDF]. From her book, The Creative Mind.

The Philosophy Talk episode on creativity, with Margaret Boden.

Scott Barry Kaufman, “The Philosophy of Creativity,” Scientific American

Meaning, Projects, Continuing on

The Philosophy Bites episode with Shelly Kagan, discussing “Death and Deprivation.”

William Lane Craig, “The Absurdity of Life without God,” Reasonable Faith

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