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Chris Isaak: Call him 'Mr. Lucky' - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Chris Isaak's most recent release, "Mr. Lucky," is his first full album of original tunes in seven years. By JOHN BECK There's always been something timeless about singer Chris Isaak. Maybe it's the throwback voice always quivering on the edge of...
San Rafael man 'blessed' to be Chris Isaak's friend, drummer - Trading Markets (press release)
May 01, 2009 (The Marin Independent Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- SRFB | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- The Chris Isaak Band headlines in a few weeks at the Sonoma Jazz Plus Festival, a rare close-to-home...
Thousands turn out for Chris Isaak, OAR (OF A REVOLUTION) - Examiner.com
Chris Isaak also was huge, even in a snowstorm. There was so much activity in town for closing weekend, it would be nice to expand the festivities to two weekends next year, said Bob Lazier, owner of the Tivoli Lodge. About $70000 in Vail tax revenues...
Dixon Fair continues through Sunday - Vallejo Times-Herald
The fair began Thursday with headliners Cheap Trick, followed tonight by Jessica Simpson, Chris Isaak on Saturday, and the demolition derby takes place on Sunday. Simpson's credits include seven Billboard Top 40 hits and three gold and two...
Man on the Street by Greg Kristapovich - Sierra Mountain Times
Janee' Martin, Murphys, (retail sales) “I'm definitely looking forward to Chris Isaak, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Boz Scaggs, as well, 'cause I definitely like to hear these classic guys from my generation. I've never gotten to see any of these bands before!...
Dixon May Fair: Just in time, it's fair time - Vallejo Times-Herald
"Fun, You Can Bank On It" is this year's theme, and fair managers are banking on top-name entertainers such as Cheap Trick, Jessica Simpson, Chris Isaak and the ever-popular demolition derby to draw in the crowds. Nearly 90000 people are expected to...
Sound Advice - Bangor Daily News
Chris Isaak knows his strengths and he plays to them in his first studio album in seven years. The front end of the album is heavy on pessimism, starting with “Cheater's Town,” a bleak song with the resonating line “You opened up your little black...
A musical May Fair - TheReporter.com
By Richard Bammer/ RBammer@TheReporter.com The Dixon May Fair is where it's happening this weekend in eastern Solano County: Rockers Cheap Trick, singer-songwriter-actress Jessica Simpson and rock crooner Chris Isaak top the headliner shows at the...
Stockton goalie needs a paint job - Las Vegas Sun
He may want to consider an asparagus leaf, to call attention to the annual Stockton Asparagus Festival; Chris Isaak's guitar or crazy suit with the treble clefs on it (the singer-songwriter was born in Stockton in 1956); or maybe even a "For Sale" sign...
Kevin Costner: actor, director, crooner - Boston Globe
On disc, Costner can sound like a cross between Chris Isaak and John Hiatt, with a bit of the Boss tossed in. "We wish we were those guys," he joked. It's clear that Costner doesn't take this side project as seriously as, say, Billy Bob Thornton,...

Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak at a USO show in Washington, D.C.

Christopher Joseph Isaak (born June 26, 1956) is an American rock musician and occasional actor.

Isaak was born in Stockton, California, the son of Dorothy (née Vignolo), a potato chip factory worker, and Joe Isaak, a forklift driver. Isaak's mother is Italian American, originating from Genoa.. Chris has two older brothers, Nick and Jeff.

Isaak signed a contract to Warner Bros. Records in 1984 for his first album Silvertone. The tracks "Gone Ridin'" and "Livin' for Your Lover", from this album, were featured in David Lynch's cult classic Blue Velvet. Isaak's second self-titled album 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. His 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, began playing the vocal version and it quickly became the station's most-requested song. Chesnut spread the word to other radio stations around the country and the single became a national top 10 hit in February of 1991. The music video for the song was directed by Herb Ritts and was a big MTV and VH1 hit; shot in black and white, it starred Isaak and Danish supermodel Helena Christensen rolling on the beach, embracing and whispering in each other's ears. Another less-seen version of the "Wicked Game" is directed by David Lynch and comprises scenes from the film Wild at Heart. In 1995 Isaak split with long time guitarist James Calvin Wilsey, and that year's Forever Blue and the accompanying tour featured Hershel Yatovitz on guitar.

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

Isaak also composed a theme song for US 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 Chris Isaak and his band playing themselves with the episode plots based on fictional accounts of the backstage world of Chris 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 longtime 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.

Isaak was ranked #68 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

Isaak is now considered an honorary Australian due to all his fans and is currently participating in the Melbourne Spring Carnival as a special guest.

Isaak also plays a Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar, which he uses for songwriting.

Isaak has also appeared in numerous films, mostly playing minor cameo roles, though he starred with Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda in the 1993 Bernardo Bertolucci-directed Little Buddha, and also played a major role in David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). Other motion pictures include Married to the Mob (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), That Thing You Do! (1996), and A Dirty Shame (2004).

Isaak turned down the roles of Jeffrey Beaumont in David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986) and Ray Sinclair in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild (1986).

Isaak starred in The Chris Isaak Show (2001-2004) playing himself and featuring actual members of his band along with numerous celebrity guests. He also guest-starred on the "The One After the Superbowl, Part One" - the Super Bowl XXX edition of the television sitcom Friends; and on the HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon.

Isaak is also an amateur boxer, a former Golden Gloves champion and an avid surfer. He is a correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Extra.

The Biography Channel will air The Chris Isaak Hour, a music interview and performance show (think: Inside The Actors Studio for musicians). The series premiere will feature Trisha Yearwood, and will include the first ever performance of Breaking Apart, a duet from Isaak's new album. Additional guests include Stevie Nicks, Smashing Pumpkins, Chicago, Glen Campbell, Michael Buble and Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens).

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Best of Chris Isaak

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Best of Chris Isaak is an album by Chris Isaak released on May 9, 2006 on the Reprise Records Warner Bros. Records record label.

Note: the "Solitary Man" video (not listed on the CD cover) is only available with the audio commentary on.

All songs written by Chris Isaak and published by C. Isaak Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP) except: "Can't Do A Thing To Stop Me" written by Chris Isaak and Brian Elliot. Published by C. Isaak Music Publishing Co./Elliot Jacobsen Music (ASCAP); "Only The Lonely" written by Joe Melson and Roy Orbison. Published by Barbara Orbison Music Company/Roy Orbison Music Company/Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music (BMI); and "I Want You To Want Me" written by Rick Nielsen. Published by Screen-Gems-EMI Music, Inc./Adult Music (BMI).

All songs mastered by Steve Hall at Future Disc.

A long and drawn out legal battle commenced upon the release of this record, after a British man named Chris Best had registered the rights to use the words Chris and Best in a future release - Chris Best - Chris Best Of...

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Christmas (Chris Isaak album)

Christmas cover

Christmas is a 2004 album by Chris Isaak released on Warner Bros. Records.

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Chris Isaak (album)

Chris Isaak cover

Chris Isaak is the eponymous second album by Chris Isaak, released in 1986 on Warner Bros..

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The Chris Isaak Show

The Chris Isaak Show is a television sitcom which follows a fictionalized version of the life of American rock musician Chris Isaak. The show portrays Isaak and his band members as everyday people with everyday problems. The series was produced for the Showtime channel from 2001-2004, and was filmed in Vancouver, Canada, which stands in for the show's home setting of San Francisco.

The series featured Isaak and several members of his band, Silvertone, portraying themselves. Other roles were portrayed by dedicated actors, including the role of Isaak's fictional keyboardist, who was hired in place of Isaak's actual keyboardist Brett Tuggle (a part-time band member) to add some comedy to the show. While Rees had studied piano, much of his character's keyboard work is performed by a session player. Other characters featured on the show include Yola Gaylen, Isaak's manager and her colleague, Cody Kurtzman. The final regular character, Mona appears as a mermaid-of-sorts (no tail) who lies nude (generally in a prone position--though at least once the viewer could see her topless) on a revolving circular bed in the basement of Bimbo's, a club Isaak frequents. She typically talks only with Isaak, acting as his conscience or a sounding board for him ("The Naked Lady" with "nothing to hide").

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Wicked Game (album)

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Wicked Game is the name of a compilation album by Chris Isaak, an American singer and songwriter which was released by WEA International Inc. on the Reprise Records label in the UK, Europe and Australia in 1991. The record contains 11 songs from his first 3 albums.

In early 1991 to capitalise on Isaak's growing success, after the song "Wicked Game" went top 10 in the UK and top 15 in Australia, a division of Warner Music Group, WEA International Inc. released an album Wicked Game. The album, compiled by Phil Knox-Roberts of WEA UK, was essentially highlights of Chris Isaak's recording career up to that point. Three of the songs were taken from Isaak's first album Silvertone (1985) - "Dancin'", "Voodoo" and "Funeral in the Rain", four from his eponymous 1987 album, Chris Isaak - "Blue Hotel", "Lie to Me", "Heart Full of Soul" (a cover of The Yardbirds 1965 top 10 hit) and "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love" and four from 1989's Heart Shaped World album - "Wicked Game", "Nothing's Changed", "Blue Spanish Sky" and "Heart Shaped World". A bonus track was included in the form of an instrumental version of the song "Wicked Game". The album was released on CD and LP. "Blue Hotel" was re-released as a single in support of the album, reaching #17 in the UK and #23 in Australia.

Warner Music Canada eventually added Wicked Game to their regular CD catalogue after years of it being a steady import seller.

The album was a hit, and introduced the highlights of Isaak's back catalogue to his ever-growing body of fans outside of North America. In addition to the album, a video compilation of 5 of Isaak's songs was released, including the acclaimed "Wicked Game" video (directed by Herb Ritts), "Dancin'" (Mary Lambert), "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love" (Jean-Baptiste Mondino), "Blue Hotel" (Mark Lebon) and "Don't Make Me Dream About You" (Geoffrey Barish). "Don't Make Me Dream About You" from Heart Shaped World was not included on the Wicked Game album.

All tracks written by Chris Isaak, except where noted.

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James Wilsey

James Calvin Wilsey is an American musician. He played bass with San Francisco punk band The Avengers but become better known as lead guitarist with Stockton crooner Chris Isaak and his band Silvertone, and featured in Isaak's solo albums Silvertone, Chris Isaak, Heart Shaped World, and San Francisco Days.

It was Wilsey's Stratocaster, and in particular Wilsey's use of reverb and gentle tremolo, which gave the distinctive 50's sound to Isaak classics such as Wicked Game (the simple two-note riff that opens which, in his own words, "crystallizes Wilsey’s approach") and Blue Hotel. As of 2004 he lived in the Los Angeles area.

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Source : Wikipedia