Chris Isaak

(Christopher Joseph Isaak)

Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak
  • Born: June 26, 1956
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Actor, Talk Show Host

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Christopher Joseph Isaak is an American musician and occasional actor. He is widely 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 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 12 studio albums, and has accumulated numerous award nominations and tours. He has been called the Roy Orbison of the 1990s, and is often also compared to Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, and Duane Eddy.

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Any time you talk about your own stuff you sound self-aggrandising. Time
I blow up fireworks all the time, and I love making milkshakes and banana splits. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I come from a small town and I come from a background where we didn't have money to travel. I thought I'd have to join the military to get to Europe. So I'm thrilled to travel. Travel ;Money, Coins & Minting
I didn't grow up in the typical happy American home, but music was always a safe and wonderful place for me to go. Music, Chants & Rapps
I don't spend as much time on my hair as people think. I get out of the shower, whack some grease on there and I'm done. Time
I don't think I've had a more miserable life than a lot of people. I think I've had a pretty lucky life. Life
I got by as a musician since day one. I don't live beyond my means. I have real cheap tastes.
I hate modern car radios. In my car, I don't even have a push-button radio. It's just got a dial and two knobs. Just AM. One knob makes it louder, and one knob changes the station. When you're driving, that's all I want.
I keep things pretty simple.
I never set out to write a certain kind of song, I just play my guitar and see if I catch something.
I put music on and I drive around town. Music, Chants & Rapps
I remember listening to the radio as a kid and finding that the songs always made me feel more peaceful. Funny, but the more hurtin' the music was, the better it made me feel. I think of that now when I write my songs. I may not be feelin' the blues myself, but I'm writing them for other people who have a hard life. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps ;Humor
I still don't know if I'm good enough or if it's a calling or a vocation or something, but the talent part is out. My desire to do it is undoubted. I just love doing this. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I talk to people who are musicians, and they go, Oh this is hell. And I go, Are you kidding me? You never put tar paper on a roof, did ya?
I think as far as self-promotion goes, I probably have a lot to learn.
I think I had kind of an advantage. When I was growing up, my dad had just got out of jail and he had a great record collection. He had - it was all - these were the songs. So I heard a lot of these songs, like, my whole life, so for me it was easy. I already knew what I was going to sing. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
I think I'm in a really nice position, where I'm sure I could do another show if I wanted to do one, but right now the main thing in my mind is writing songs.
I think I've had the slowest, most methodical career in the business. Business, Commerce & Finance
I wear a lot of second hand clothes unless I have a concert and then I wear beaded and sequined second hand clothes. No stylist dresses me although I do have a woman that assists me with the buttons.
I write my own songs, and I only see their flaws.
If I would get an album out every eight months and if I would write songs that were more up-tempo and try to focus more on making singles, then I could probably get more attention. But I don't think the albums would be very fun to listen to, and it would be a drag for me.
I'm a natural ham. It doesn't bother me to perform.
I'm in showbusiness. I'm an entertainer.
I'm not a very spiritual guy when it comes to music. I remember hearing Carlos Santana say that angels helped him write his songs. And I thought, 'Really, angels?' Music, Chants & Rapps
I'm not the kind of guy to talk about angels: I'm a very pragmatic kind of guy.
I'm the star of stage, screen, and television now, but I'm also available for children's parties and bar mitzvahs.
In the long run, there are people who've made more money or had bigger stardom at points. But, I think I'll have come out winning. Money, Coins & Minting
My advice is: if you've got to be miserable to write great music, then drive a truck. Music, Chants & Rapps
My mom and dad played this music all the time when I was growing up, so to me songs by Jerry Lee and Fats Domino are the classics, they're the best songs ever. Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps
My only expenses are probably guitar strings and records.
One thing, when you're an actor, you finish something and then you have to worry about what the next gig is. When you're a musician, you can always write your own stuff, and I'm working on new stuff for a new album right now.
Singing is something that I'm always happy to do it and going in the studio I never felt any pressure. I just feel like I get to sing, you know. It's fun.
The '50s was a pretty wonderful time for people, it was hopeful. Time
The things that got me through grade school are helping me out later in life. It's like, I show up on time. If you buy a ticket to one of my shows, I'll show up. I'll be there. And if it says 10:00, I'll be on stage at 10:00. Life ;Time
The tough thing about radio is I've met a lot of people in it who like my music. But it's hard for them to figure out how to play what they like when there's somebody up above them yelling 'you have to play this.' Music, Chants & Rapps
There was a misconception about me when I started off because I had my hair greased up and I have some vague resemblance to the hillbilly gene pool that Elvis came from. People would say, 'You want to be Elvis' and I would say, 'No'.
When I play it I look out and see people hold on to each other and dance or just couples leaning into each other and kiss. And I'll go: 'You know, I could have worked hard at school and been a dentist. But I'm so glad I didn't.' Because when I look out and see that I feel like the Pied Piper of love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
When people ask me really stupid questions or get it really wrong, I feel embarrassed for them. I don't really feel angry at them.

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