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How the heart-breaking ballad “Wicked Game“ was written? To birthday of Chris Isaak

It is no secret that in the sphere of the musical industry of one talent happens a little. Also the good luck shred is required. Here and to Chris Isaak it was necessary to wait for the whole five years, so far broken on a falsetto “Nou, And - and - and - ouch...“ won the hearts of listeners...

Our hero on June 26, 1956 in the Californian town of Stockton as speak, in a simple working family was born. Despite it, the guy managed to enter the local university on office of the English literature and even went to Japan - according to the program of an exchange of students. Studied, practiced boxing and, of course, played the guitar. As a result music won...

Chris Isaak: “My father worked as

at box factory, mother worked at factory of potato chips. And they were very happy that I want to practise music. Because it is the simplest work which we ever saw“.


Actually the collection of parental plates also created tastes of the singer. It would seem that interesting it is possible to squeeze out of an ancient rockabilly and ballads of 1950 - x? And nevertheless Isaac quickly managed to develop the original manner. In spite of the fact that a rockabilly - style mainly major, the musician “the twilight party“ attracted it more.

Isaac`s talents perfectly revealed in 1985 when there was its first album - “Silvertone“ (so called group with which Chris then played). It would seem, the guy had everything - Elvis`s cook, Orbson`s voice, good songs... Even reserved praises from critics were. However neither the album, nor two singles - “Dancin`“ and “Gone Ridin`“ - - parade got to the American hit. In sense, in general...

Chris did not give up and in 1987 wrote down one more album - already under the name - “Chris Isaak“ (“Isaaka“ in English sound as “Ayzeka“). The result was almost the same. Singles left excellent, but all - by charts. Even future “crown“ - “Blue Hotel“ in which there was already all “that Chris Isaak“ could reach worthy 28 - go the place only in France.

A record - the label was already going to terminate the contract with the unlucky singer, but Chris somehow managed to try to persuade the company on release of one more album. Longply “Heart Shaped World“ left in 1989. On it there was a perspective heart-breaking ballad “Wicked Game“ - “Cruel (angry, dangerous) game“.

As Isaac remembered, he wrote it easily and on “purely concrete“ to an occasion.

Somehow late at night Chris was called by one girlfriend and suggested “to come to talk“. Then playfully added what will be “told“ by them until it “does not have forces to rise“. Other man would be delighted, but Isaac, after a tube became dejected and: “And why I agreed? From it there will be a heap of troubles. From it there were always troubles. It as wild cat“. Grabbed a guitar and right there poured out all scale of feelings in the song about persuasive love - in the spirit of “Leave alone, good, leave alone“.

The translation - Dario:

... What only fools for the sake of the embodiment of the desires are capable of!

Ya also did not dream of getting acquainted with such as you.

Ya did not even think that it will be necessary to me such as you. there is no

, I do not want to fall in love

(This love will only break my heart)...


When “muse“ arrived, the song about “cruel love“ was already ready.

Chris Isaak:

“I think, she, perhaps, was upset because I was excited more by the song. I behaved somehow so: “Yes, you are stunning, a crumb, but listen to this song!“


However and “Wicked Game“ nearly sank Into oblivion. Isaac`s label was not going to untwist either the song, or an album.

For luck, “Cruel game“ the film director David Lynch heard. He fully estimated the gloomy ballad with shrill solo on a slide - a guitar. Lynch asked Isaac to write down the tool version of a song to include it in the new movie “Wild Heart“.

This movie with Nicholas Cage in a leading role appeared in 1990 and snipped off “Golden Palm“ in Cannes. However for Chris`s career the fact that the composition was noticed by Li Chesnat - Lynch`s fan and the director of a radio company in Atlanta was more important. Chesnat dug out the original of “Wicked Game“ and gave command to actively rotirovat the song on air.

Here - that everything also began. Not smelling hit - parades Isaac in January, 1991 unexpectedly found out that the single “Wicked Game“ with running start flew in the American TOP - 10 on 6 - e the place. Behind the song also the stale album of 1989 (No. 7 of the USA), and afterwards and all previous was immediately tightened.

At first on “Cruel game“ the unpretentious video with frames from the movie of Lynch was shot. However after hit of a song in charts decided to consolidate success by one more video. Over the second clip worked more carefully: invited fashionable model of Helen Christensen and the eminent music video director Gerba of Ritz.

The plot was simple: any obnimashka and bustle on the Hawaiian beach. However within set the director worked wonderfully well. In - the first to overtake for melancholies, the roller was made chyorno - white. In - the second though the model also runs topless, everything is mounted so skillfully that any naked went beauties in a shot it was not lit. As a result worked well “both innocence to observe, and to acquire the capital“. The charm Christensen was enough for that Ritts`s work snipped off 3 awards MTV (“The best man`s video“, “The best operator“, “The best video to the song from the movie“) and still was registered in ratings of “the most sexual clips“.

Tried to repeat the similar scheme Gerba Ritts also in other clip on Isaac`s song - “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing“. Christensen`s place was taken by other model - Laetitia Kasta. She especially was not bared, but behaved so provocatively that the clip was decided to be twisted on TV only after nine in the evening. By the way, the song so was pleasant to Nicole Kidman that she convinced the director Stenli Kubrick to include “Baby Did …“ in a soundtrack of the movie “With Widely Closed Eyes“.

As for “Wicked Game“, it still out of competition - judging at least by quantity of perepevka. One of the most successful covers the version Gothic Finnish metallyug H for some reason is considered. I. M. And as on me (except a habitual dolbezh on guitars yes of two “vicious“ clips) they to the song added nothing new though it is sung and it is quite good.

Far more effectively the parody of Alexander Pushny who finished a performing manner of Isaac to the point of absurdity sounds. During all song instead of words sad whimpers, cries and other “bu - bu - bu“ which turn “Wicked Game“ into a certain sad Gipsy song sound.

And here James Hetfild from METALLICA did not begin to laugh at Isaac. On the contrary - imitated its manner of singing by preparation of the well-known “Black album“.

Producer Bob Rock: “He told

to me: “Bob, I never really sang - I just shouted“. He delivered me Chris Isaak`s plate and gave out: “I want to sing also “Nothing Else Matters“ and “Unforgiven“. How to me to make it?“


Though Isaac was also started to respect, it could not approach success of “Wicked Game“ subsequently. Many still consider him as “the hero of one hit“. And it is absolutely vain. Chris still writes down moderately successful albums and songs capable it is not worse to torment to a shower “Cruel game“.

Eric Jacobsen, Isaac`s producer:

“I somewhere read that it pays some guy that that suffered for it, and then inquires it about feelings to describe in songs. As far as these songs are autobiographical? I think, very. It not from those who will plane the priest - songs on the basis of successful lines. At it all is serious“.


For example (“Someone cries“) Isaac wrote the song “Somebody`s Crying“ after a painful gap with the girl. To dispel a sadness and longing, the singer went to the friend to a party, but quickly understood that think “of all about it and about it“. Then Chris ran away to wardrobe, took a guitar and... it was closed in a case where in the middle of the hanging coats poured out the experiences in the song. And then still let out it, having printed on an envelope the text of the letter to that ex-the girlfriend - so to speak, for persuasiveness and reliability.

Except writing of gloomy songs, Isaac periodically acts in in not less gloomy film - it seems “the Px Twin: Fire, go with me“ or “Silence of lambs“.

P. S.: My selection of songs of Chris Isaak you can listen in 1 - m to comments to this article.