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Chris Isaak

Background information
Birth name Christopher Joseph Isaak
Born June 26, 1956 (1956-06-26) (age 50)
Stockton, California, USA
Genre(s) Pop
Rock n Roll
Blues
Surf rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor
Years active 1985Present
Label(s) Reprise Records
Website ChrisIsaak.com

Christopher Joseph Isaak (born June 26, 1956 in Stockton, California) is an American indie rock, pop and rock and roll singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2596x1970, 301 KB) Subject: Chris Isaak Source page url: http://www. ... June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Stocktons Great, Take A Look! Location in the state of California Coordinates: Country United States State California County San Joaquin County Incorporated 1850 Government  - Mayor Edward J. Chavez  - City Manager J. Gordon Palmer, Jr. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Depending on context, pop music is either an abbreviation of popular music or, more recently, a term for a sub-genre of it. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental musical form which evolved from African American spirituals, shouts, work songs and chants and has its earliest stylistic roots in West Africa. ... Surf music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture. ... A singer is a musician who uses his or her voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... The present is the time that is perceived directly, not as a recollection or a speculation. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Stocktons Great, Take A Look! Location in the state of California Coordinates: Country United States State California County San Joaquin County Incorporated 1850 Government  - Mayor Edward J. Chavez  - City Manager J. Gordon Palmer, Jr. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... }} For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... A singer is a musician who uses his or her voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...

Contents

Biography

Isaak's music can be described as a blend of country, blues, rock and roll, pop and surf rock. This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that most often follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... }} For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... In the early 1960s, one of the most popular forms of rock and roll was surf rock. ...


He signed a contract to Warner Bros. Records in 1984 for his first album Silvertone. Isaak's contract was renewed in 1988 when Warner Bros. moved him to their Reprise Records label. Warner Bros. ... Silvertone is the first album by Chris Isaak, released in 1985. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ...


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 David Lynch film Wild at Heart (and also years later in the 2000 film The Family Man). Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director who was obsessed with David Lynch films, began playing the full version and it quickly became a nationwide top ten hit. 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 model Helena Christensen rolling on the beach, embracing and whispering in each others' ears. Another less-seen version of the "Wicked Game" is directed by David Lynch and comprises scenes from the film Wild at Heart. Wicked Game is a song that was originally released by Chris Isaak in 1989. ... Heart Shaped World is the breakthrough album by Chris Isaak released in 1989, featuring the Top 10 hit Wicked Game. // Heart Shaped World – 3:26 Im Not Waiting – 3:15 Dont Make Me Dream About You – 3:30 Kings of the Highway – 4:44 Wicked Game – 4:46... David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946, in Missoula, Montana) is an American filmmaker. ... Wild at Heart is a 1990 American film written and directed by David Lynch and based on Barry Giffords novel Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula about a couple on the run from the mob. ... The Family Man is a 2000 Brett Ratner film starring Nicolas Cage (as Jack Campbell) and Téa Leoni, about a man who is given a glimpse at what could have been, if he had made a different decision 13 years ago. ... Olivia Newton-Johns album Physical, photograph by Ritts Herb Ritts (August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002) was an American fashion photographer who concentrated on black-and-white photography and portraits in the style of classical Greek sculpture. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... Helena Christensen (IPA: , born December 25, 1968 in Copenhagen) is a Danish supermodel. ... Wicked Game is a song that was originally released by Chris Isaak in 1989. ... Wild at Heart is a 1990 American film written and directed by David Lynch and based on Barry Giffords novel Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula about a couple on the run from the mob. ...


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. Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing is a song by American rock and roll artist Chris Isaak. ... Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an influential and acclaimed American film director and producer. ... Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 feature-length motion picture directed and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novella Traumnovelle (in English Dream Story) by Arthur Schnitzler. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... Nicole Mary Kidman AC (born June 20, 1967), is an Academy Award-winning Australian[1] actress. ...


Isaak also composed a theme song for US late-night television variety/talk show, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. The theme music of a radio or television program is a melody closely associated with the show, and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... Another program called The Late Late Show is Irelands longest-running TV chat show. ...


In 2001, Chris 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. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Chris Isaak Show takes an irreverent look at the sexy, outrageous backstage world of rock music. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. ...


In 2004, his track "Life Will Go On" was featured on the Chasing Liberty soundtrack, which starred Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode. Chasing Liberty is a 2004 romantic comedy directed by Andy Cadiff about the American Presidents daughter. ... Amanda Leigh Mandy Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer and actress. ... Matthew Goode (born April 3, 1978) is a British actor. ...


Isaak has also appeared in numerous films, mostly playing minor cameo roles, though he starred with Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda in the 1580 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). 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. Keanu Charles Reeves (pronounced in IPA: ) is a Canadian actor, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Bridget Fonda and Luc Besson at Cannes, 2001 Bridget Jane Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is an American actress. ... Bernardo Bertolucci. ... Little Buddha is a 1993 movie by director Bernardo Bertolucci and starring Bridget Fonda and Keanu Reeves. ... Fire Walk With Me is a 1992 movie directed by David Lynch and starring Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland, Mädchen Amick, Phoebe Augustine and Dana Ashbrook. ... Married to the Mob is a 1988 comedy film. ... The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 Academy Award-winning film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. ... That Thing You Do! is a 1996 film, written and directed by Tom Hanks. ... A Dirty Shame is a 2004 film by Baltimore, Maryland filmmaker John Waters starring Tracey Ullman, Selma Blair, Johnny Knoxville, Chris Isaak and Mink Stole. ... The One After the Superbowl, Part One is the twelfth episode of season two of the television situation comedy Friends. ... Date January 28, 1996 Stadium Sun Devil Stadium City Tempe, Arizona MVP Larry Brown, Cornerback Favorite Cowboys by 13 1/2 National anthem Vanessa Williams Coin toss Joe Montana representing previous Super Bowl MVPs Referee Red Cashion Halftime show Diana Ross Attendance 76,347 TV in the United States Network... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable television network. ... From the Earth to the Moon is a twelve-part HBO television miniseries (1998) co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, and Michael Bostick detailing the landmark Apollo expeditions to the Moon during the 1960s and early 1970s. ...


Isaak is also an amateur boxer, a former Golden Gloves champion and an avid surfer.


Isaak is currently a correspondent for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush and current host Jay Leno. ...


Trivia

  • Many guitarists have thought Isaak's main electric guitar is a Gretsch 6120, however Isaak revealed in a 2002 interview with Acoustic Guitar that it is in fact a one-of-a-kind Gibson: "For my electric, I've got a one-off Gibson version of a Gretsch 6120, a sort of Chet Atkins thing. They made one of these things and gave it to me to see if I liked it, and I liked it so much I've been playing it ever since. People told me they thought it was a White Falcon, but it's not. It's just a white Gibson. I don't think they ever manufactured any of the things. They strung up this one prototype, scratched their heads, and said, 'Huh. Give it to Isaak" [1].

Gretsch is a U.S. musical instrument manufacturer currently being distributed by guitar company Fender and drum craft company Kaman. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... John Sebastian (born March 17, 1944) is an American songwriter and harmonica player. ... Jerry Yester (b 1942 ?) is an American folk rock musician and record producer. ... Release Year: 2002 Track List: 1. ...

Discography

Discography of the American indie rock, pop, and rock and roll singer, songwriter, and occasional actor Chris Isaak. ...

Studio albums

Silvertone is the first album by Chris Isaak, released in 1985. ... Album Title: Chris Isaak Release Year: 1987 1. ... Heart Shaped World is the breakthrough album by Chris Isaak released in 1989, featuring the Top 10 hit Wicked Game. // Heart Shaped World – 3:26 Im Not Waiting – 3:15 Dont Make Me Dream About You – 3:30 Kings of the Highway – 4:44 Wicked Game – 4:46... Release Year: 1993 Track List: 1. ... For the Wii video game, see Forever Blue (video game) Forever Blue is a 1995 album by American rock and roll musician Chris Isaak. ... Baja Sessions is a 1996 album by Chris Isaak. ... Release Year: 1998 Track List: 1. ... Release Year: 2002 Track List: 1. ... Christmas is a 2004 album by Chris Isaak released on the Warner Brothers record label. ...

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK
1987 "Blue Hotel" - - - #100 Chris Isaak
1989 "Don't Make Me Dream About You" - #18 #39 - Heart Shaped World
1990 "Wicked Game" #6 #2 #10 #10 Heart Shaped World
1991 "Blue Hotel" (re-release) - - - #17 Wicked Game
1991 "Dancin'" - - - #100 Wicked Game
1993 "Can't Do A Thing (To Stop Me)" - #7 - #36 San Francisco Days
1993 "San Francisco Days" - - - #62 San Francisco Days
1995 "Somebody's Crying" #45 #34 - - Forever Blue
1995 "Go Walking Down There" - #32 - - Forever Blue
1999 "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" - - - #44 Forever Blue

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... See also: 1986 in music, other events of 1987, 1988 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Album Title: Chris Isaak Release Year: 1987 1. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 other events of 1989 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul... Heart Shaped World is the breakthrough album by Chris Isaak released in 1989, featuring the Top 10 hit Wicked Game. // Heart Shaped World – 3:26 Im Not Waiting – 3:15 Dont Make Me Dream About You – 3:30 Kings of the Highway – 4:44 Wicked Game – 4:46... See also: 1989 in music, 1990 in British music, other events of 1990, 1991 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident... Wicked Game is a song that was originally released by Chris Isaak in 1989. ... Heart Shaped World is the breakthrough album by Chris Isaak released in 1989, featuring the Top 10 hit Wicked Game. // Heart Shaped World – 3:26 Im Not Waiting – 3:15 Dont Make Me Dream About You – 3:30 Kings of the Highway – 4:44 Wicked Game – 4:46... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 other events of 1991 list of years in music 1990s in music // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... Wicked Game is the name of a compilation album by Chris Isaak, an American singer and songwriter which was released by Warner Brothers in 1990. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 other events of 1991 list of years in music 1990s in music // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... Wicked Game is the name of a compilation album by Chris Isaak, an American singer and songwriter which was released by Warner Brothers in 1990. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 1990s in music. ... Release Year: 1993 Track List: 1. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 1990s in music. ... Release Year: 1993 Track List: 1. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 other events of 1995 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... For the Wii video game, see Forever Blue (video game) Forever Blue is a 1995 album by American rock and roll musician Chris Isaak. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 other events of 1995 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... For the Wii video game, see Forever Blue (video game) Forever Blue is a 1995 album by American rock and roll musician Chris Isaak. ... See also: 1999 in music (UK) other events of 1999 Musical groups established in 1999 Record labels established in 1999 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing is a song by American rock and roll artist Chris Isaak. ... For the Wii video game, see Forever Blue (video game) Forever Blue is a 1995 album by American rock and roll musician Chris Isaak. ...

Filmography

Married to the Mob is a 1988 comedy film. ... The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 Academy Award-winning film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. ... Fire Walk With Me is a 1992 movie directed by David Lynch and starring Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland, Mädchen Amick, Phoebe Augustine and Dana Ashbrook. ... Little Buddha is a 1993 movie by director Bernardo Bertolucci and starring Bridget Fonda and Keanu Reeves. ... Grace of My Heart is a 1996 film from writer-director Allison Anders. ... That Thing You Do! is a 1996 film, written and directed by Tom Hanks. ... A Dirty Shame is a 2004 film by Baltimore, Maryland filmmaker John Waters starring Tracey Ullman, Selma Blair, Johnny Knoxville, Chris Isaak and Mink Stole. ...

Television

To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ... From the Earth to the Moon is a twelve-part HBO television miniseries (1998) co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, and Michael Bostick detailing the landmark Apollo expeditions to the Moon during the 1960s and early 1970s. ... Ed was an NBC television program produced by David Lettermans Worldwide Pants Incorporated from 2000-2004. ... The Chris Isaak Show takes an irreverent look at the sexy, outrageous backstage world of rock music. ... This article is about the 2002-2005 television series. ... Another program called The Late Late Show is Irelands longest-running TV chat show. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ...

References

  1. ^ Acoustic Guitar Central. What They Play: Chris Isaak. Retrieved on April 26, 2007.

April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (117th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

External links

  • Chris Isaak.com - Official site of Chris Isaak
  • Chris Isaak at the Internet Movie Database
  • Chris Isaak landing page - The singer who's known as Stockton's most famous native son is profiled in this collection from The Record.
  • Chris Isaak.frChris Isaak Website

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Chris Isaak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (466 words)
Chris Isaak (born Christopher Joseph Isaak June 26, 1956 in Stockton, California) is an American indie rock, pop, and rock and roll singer, songwriter, and occasional actor.
Isaak's music can be described as a blend of country, blues, rock and roll, pop and surf rock.
Isaak's contract was renewed in 1988 when Warner Brothers moved him to their Reprise Records label.
Chris Isaak - definition of Chris Isaak in Encyclopedia (216 words)
Christopher Joseph Isaak (born June 26, 1956), better known as Chris Isaak is a U.S. indie rock, pop and rock and roll singer and songwriter.
The video for the song, directed by Herb Ritts, is also well-known: shot in fl and white, it stars Isaak and model Helena Christensen rolling on the beach, holding each other, and whispering in each others' ears.
In 2001, Chris Isaak stared on his own television show called The Chris Isaak Show.
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