The lengthy career of rockabilly star Chris Isaak is as much a product of his sensual songs as it is the cinema, where the storytelling quality of his lyrics and the unvarnished and haunting sentimentality of his music are perfect for setting a mood. Two tracks from his first album, 1984’s Silvertone, landed in David Lynch’s famed Blue Velvet film, while Suspicion of Love found its way into the 1988 film Married to the Mob. Although Chris Isaak’s work continued to appear onscreen, with his videos in rotation at MTV and VH1, he gained a major commercial Billboard success with his 1989 album Heart Shaped World, which peaked at number seven on the . The song Wicked Game caught the attention of the public after it appeared in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart, and radio station request lines lit up. The song quickly cracked the Top 10, and the accompanying video became one of the sexiest videos of all time. The continued linking of Chris Isaak’s music to erotic movie scenes continued when his bluesy rock anthem Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing cracked the Top 40 after it appeared in Eyes Wide Shut. His contemporary Appalachian rhythms and Carl Perkins’ style have landed him solidly on alternative radio and allowed him to record incredible covers of rockabilly’s biggest stars, from Elvis Presley to Buddy Holly. His musical experimentation with underground sounds give Chris Isaak an enduring popularity in Europe, Australia, and the United States, continents and countries he frequently tours.
Chris Isaak First Comes the Night Tour
Chris Isaak has been out ahead of his First Comes the Night album, playing plenty of songs on tour from his 2015 release. He has established a reputation as a must-see live performer who jokes around with the band, charms the audience, and heads into the crowd to serenade them with selected love songs. Chris Isaak is a veteran performer who offers a heavy dose of new material, with a decent selection of greatest hits, including the haunting, Roy Oribson-esque Wicked Game. He also gets the audience up and dancing to several rollicking rockabilly tunes, particularly Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing. A traditional highlight of a Chris Isaak concert, and his First Comes the Night Tour is no exception, is a tribute to the artists he admires, from Elvis Presley to Jerry Lee Lewis. Expect him to bring his voice and energy to a rousing rendition of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire, as well as another classic or two from rock ‘n’ roll’s Golden Age. Chris Isaak’s music has a sensual and cinematic quality that lends itself to short movie scenes and four-minute snippets of radio time, but his concerts are notably lengthy and fulfilling, that makes only that time that flies by seem short.