Chris Isaak About

Christopher Joseph “Chris” Isaak (born June 26, 1956) is an American rock musician and occasional actor. He is best known for his hit “Wicked Game”, as well as the popular hit songs “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying”. He is renowned for his signature 1950s rock & roll style and crooner sound, as well as his soaring falsetto and reverb-laden music. He is closely associated with film director David Lynch, who has used his music in numerous films and gave him a large role in the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. His songs generally focus on the themes of love, loss and heartbreak. With a career spanning four decades, he has amassed a total of twelve studio albums, and has accumulated numerous award nominations and tours.
Isaak signed a contract to Warner Bros. Records, and released his first album in 1985, Silvertone. The name was taken from the band he formed after graduating college. The album’s sound was raw and diverse, mingling country blues with conventional folk ballads Although the album was a critical success, it failed to sell respectably.The track “Dancin” was the first music video that featured on MTV. Two other tracks from the album, “Gone Ridin'” and “Livin' for Your Lover”, featured in David Lynch’s cult classic Blue Velvet. Isaak’s self-titled follow-up album was released in 1986, and managed to scrape into the Billboard Top 200. The album saw Isaak hone his style to sophisticated R&B. The artwork for Chris Isaak, was photographed by fashion photographer Bruce Weber. Isaak’s contract was renewed in 1988 when Warner Bros. moved him to their Reprise Records label. “Suspicion of Love” appears in the 1988 hit movie Married to the Mob starring Matthew Modine, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dean Stockwell.

Isaak’s best known song is “Wicked Game”.Though released on the 1989 album Heart Shaped World, an instrumental version of the song was later featured in the 1990 David Lynch film Wild at Heart.Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director who was obsessed with Lynch films, played the vocal version and it became the station’s most-requested song. Chesnut spread the word to other radio stations and the single became a national Top 10 hit in February 1991. It also reached No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart. The music video for the song was directed by Herb Ritts and was a MTV and VH1 hit; shot in black and white, it featured Isaak and supermodel Helena Christensen in a sensual encounter on the beach, caressing each other and whispering erotically in each other’s ears. Another less-seen version of “Wicked Game” is directed by David Lynch and comprises scenes from the film Wild at Heart. “Wicked Game” featured as the backing music in the 2001 TV advertisement for the Jaguar X-Type in the UK. In 1995, Isaak split with longtime guitarist James Calvin Wilsey. That year’s Forever Blue album and the accompanying tour featured Hershel Yatovitz on guitar.

In an interview with Mark Needham, an engineer who worked with Isaak on “Wicked Game”, Needham claimed that it took several years to put the track together.

In 1999, Isaak’s “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing” was featured in Stanley Kubrick’s final film, Eyes Wide Shut. The song is on his 1995 Forever Blue album. The music video for the song is directed by Herb Ritts, it was shot in color and featured Isaak and French supermodel Laetitia Casta in a motel room. This was Isaak’s second collaboration with Ritts.

Isaak composed a theme song for U.S. late-night television variety/talk show, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. In 2001, Isaak starred in his own television show, The Chris Isaak Show. It aired from March 2001 to March 2004 in the United States on the cable television network Showtime. This adult comedy show featured Isaak and his band playing themselves and the episode plots were based on fictional accounts of the backstage world of Isaak—the rock star next door. In 2004, his track “Life Will Go On” was featured on Chasing Liberty’s soundtrack, which starred Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode. His track “Two Hearts” was featured in the closing credits of the 1993 film True Romance, directed by Tony Scott, written by Quentin Tarantino, and starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette.

Isaak’s producer, Erik Jacobsen, was instrumental in his sound for 15 years. Jacobsen is known for his production work with The Lovin' Spoonful, and solo albums from Spoonful’s John Sebastian and Jerry Yester. Isaak ceased working with Jacobsen on his 2002 album, Always Got Tonight. In 2007 Isaak opened for Stevie Nicks on her Crystal Visions Tour during the first leg of the tour.

In 2006, he was guested by Johnny Hallyday to cover Fats Domino’s hit Blueberry Hill. The duet was recorded and issued on Johnny Hallyday’s live album La Cigale (2007, Warner Music). At the end of this record you can hear Isaak thanking the French Rock'n'Roll star as “The King”.

Isaak collaborated with John Shanks for his 2009 album Mr. Lucky.

He contributed a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” for a tribute album, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released in September 2011.

Isaak released an album called Beyond the Sun, which was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee at the Sun Records studio.

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1 Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing Chris Isaak 361 2 Wicked Game Chris Isaak 283 3 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Chris Isaak 181 4 Gotta Be Good Chris Isaak 162 5 Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing Chris Isaak 152 6 Forever Young Chris Isaak 150 7 Go Walking Down There Chris Isaak 146 8 Return To Me Chris Isaak 143 9 Only The Lonely Chris Isaak 140 10 Blue Christmas Chris Isaak 138 11 Somebody's Crying Chris Isaak 135 12 Somebody's Crying Chris Isaak 132 13 Hey Santa Chris Isaak 131 14 Shadows In A Mirror Chris Isaak 131 15 Unhappiness Chris Isaak 130 16 Blue Spanish Sky Chris Isaak 127 17 The Christmas Song Chris Isaak 123 18 Dancin Chris Isaak 122 19 Last Month Of The Year Chris Isaak 122 20 Two Hearts Chris Isaak 122 21 Two Hearts Chris Isaak 121 22 Dancin Chris Isaak 121 23 Best I Ever Had Chris Isaak 120 24 San Francisco Days Chris Isaak 120 25 Back On Your Side Chris Isaak 118 26 Beautiful Homes Chris Isaak 117 27 Love Me Chris Isaak 116 28 South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way) Chris Isaak 116 29 I Believe Chris Isaak 116 30 King Without A Castle Chris Isaak 115 31 Blue Hotel Chris Isaak 113 32 Wrong To Love You Chris Isaak 113 33 Pretty Girls Don't Cry Chris Isaak 112 34 Summer Holiday Chris Isaak 111 35 Pretty Paper Chris Isaak 111 36 I Wonder Chris Isaak 111 37 Mele Kalikimaka Chris Isaak 110 38 Solitary Man Chris Isaak 109 39 Livin' For Your Lover Chris Isaak 109 40 Cheater's Town Chris Isaak 109 41 Two Hearts Chris Isaak 108 42 San Francisco Days Chris Isaak 108 43 I Got It Bad Chris Isaak 107 44 Blue Hotel Chris Isaak 106 45 Can't Do A Thing (To Stop Me) Chris Isaak 106 46 Graduation Day Chris Isaak 105 47 Don't Leave Me On My Own Chris Isaak 105 48 Gone Ridin' Chris Isaak 103 49 The End Of Everything Chris Isaak 103 50 Washington Square Chris Isaak 101 51 Cool Love Chris Isaak 101 52 Lie To Me Chris Isaak 100 53 Speak Of The Devil Chris Isaak 100 54 Things Go Wrong Chris Isaak 100 55 Changed Your Mind Chris Isaak 100 56 My Happiness Chris Isaak 99 57 We Let Her Down Chris Isaak 98 58 Lonely with a Broken Heart Chris Isaak 98 59 Lovers Game Chris Isaak 97 60 Tears Chris Isaak 97 61 Waiting Chris Isaak 97 62 You Don't Cry Like I Do Chris Isaak 96 63 Dancin Chris Isaak 96 64 I Lose My Heart Chris Isaak 95 65 Please Chris Isaak 95 66 Let It Snow Chris Isaak 95 67 Wild Love Chris Isaak 94 68 We Lost Our Way Chris Isaak 94 69 Sweet Leilani Chris Isaak 94 70 Breaking Apart Chris Isaak 93 71 Speak Of The Devil Chris Isaak 93 72 Can't Help Falling In Love Chris Isaak 92 73 Move Along Chris Isaak 92 74 Solitary Man Chris Isaak 92 75 Heart Full Of Soul Chris Isaak 92 76 Very Pretty Girl Chris Isaak 91 77 You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love Chris Isaak 91 78 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Ft. Stevie Nicks) Chris Isaak 91 79 Christmas On TV Chris Isaak 91 80 White Christmas Chris Isaak 91 81 Yellow Bird Chris Isaak 91 82 You Took My Heart Chris Isaak 90 83 5:15 Chris Isaak 89 84 Great Balls of Fire Chris Isaak 88 85 My Baby Left Me Chris Isaak 88 86 Auld Lang Syne Chris Isaak 88 87 Like The Way She Moves Chris Isaak 87 88 Blue Hotel Chris Isaak 86 89 Talk To Me Chris Isaak 86 90 Big Wide Wonderful World Chris Isaak 86 91 You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love Chris Isaak 85 92 One Day Chris Isaak 85 93 Super Magic 2000 Chris Isaak 85 94 Goin' Nowhere Chris Isaak 85 95 Waiting For The Rain To Fall Chris Isaak 84 96 Let's Have A Party Chris Isaak 84 97 Think Of Tomorrow Chris Isaak 84 98 You Took My Heart Chris Isaak 83 99 Cryin' Chris Isaak 83 100 Waiting For The Rain To Fall Chris Isaak 83 101 Black Flowers Chris Isaak 83 102 Oh, Pretty Woman Chris Isaak 82 103 Mr. Lonely Man Chris Isaak 82 104 Courthouse Chris Isaak 82 105 Please Chris Isaak 82 106 You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love Chris Isaak 82 107 Except The New Girl Chris Isaak 81 108 The Lonely Ones Chris Isaak 81 109 Ring Of Fire Chris Isaak 81 110 Flying Chris Isaak 81 111 Waiting For My Lucky Day Chris Isaak 81 112 Round 'n' Round Chris Isaak 81 113 Western Stars Chris Isaak 80 114 Brightest Star Chris Isaak 80 115 Only The Lonely Chris Isaak 80 116 There She Goes Chris Isaak 80 117 Fade Away Chris Isaak 79 118 Live It Up Chris Isaak 79 119 I'm Not Sleepy Chris Isaak 79 120 I Want You To Want Me Chris Isaak 78