Chris Isaak

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December 7, 2021

Christopher Joseph "Chris" Isaak (Stockton, California, June 26, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, rock musician and occasional actor. Isaak is widely known for his 1990 international hit "Wicked Game", as well as his minor hits "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" and "Somebody's Crying."

Biography

Isaak was born in Stockton, California, the son of Dorothy Vignolo, a potato chip factory worker, and Joe Isaak, a tow truck driver. Isaak's mother is Italian-American, originally from the city of Genoa. He attended Stag Alto Schoolet High School between Delta College and then continued his studies at the University of the Pacific. By virtue of an academic exchange to Japan, in parallel with his studies, he worked as a roofer, a tour guide, and even an amateur boxer (his damaged nose has been operated on 7 times).

Music career

In 1984, he signs a contract with Warner Bros. Records for his first album, Silvertone. In 1987 he recorded a second self-titled album. That same year, six songs are extracted from these two recordings for the first two chapters of the US series by NBC Private Detective, (Private Eye) [1] titled as one of their hits: Blue Hotel, part. 1 and Blue Hotel, part. 2. Set during the 50's and starring Michael Woods and a very young Josh Brolin, it narrates the investigation into the murder of a rock and roll singer (Billy Ray). This was a boost for his career, and the renewal of his contract in 1988, when Warner decided to pass it to its subsidiary Reprise Records. A year later he released the album Heart Shaped World, which includes his best-known song: "Wicked Game." This theme would be used later, in an instrumental version, in the film Wild Heart, by director David Lynch, and also in the film Family Man (2000). Lee Chesnut, musical director of an Atlanta radio station, obsessed with Lynch's films, began showing the full version of the song that quickly began to climb the charts in his country. The video, directed by Herb Ritts and starring Isaak himself alongside Danish model Helena Christensen, was a hit on major networks such as MTV and VH1. There is also a lesser-known video directed by David Lynch himself and containing scenes from the film. In 1999, the theme "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing", included in his album Forever Blue (1995), is used by director Stanley Kubrick in his last film, titled Eyes Wide Shut. The video is directed by Herb Ribbs himself and, again, starring Isaak with another model, this time the French Laetitia Casta. Isaak also composed a theme song for the television show The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. In 2001 he hosted his own television show, The Chris Isaak Show, which ran from March 2001 to March 2004 and was broadcast on the American cable network Showtime. In 2004, his theme Life Will Go On was used on the soundtrack of the film Chasing Liberty (directed by Andy Cadiff). Also his theme Two Hearts was used in the end credits of the 1993 film Point Blank Love, directed by Tony Scott.

Acting career

Isaak has appeared in numerous films, mostly playing small roles, although he had a major appearance in Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha (1993) and David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. He has also been a guest star on the television series Friends and was featured in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. In 2004 he played Tracey Ullman's husband in the comedy A Dirty Shame, from underground director John Waters. He also appeared in a brief cameo, characterized as a policeman, in a sequence from the film The Silence of the Lambs (1991), by Jonathan Demme. Before, in 1988, there were already

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