Christmas (Chris Isaak album)
Christmas is a 2004 album by Chris Isaak released on Warner Bros. Records. All tracks composed by Chris Isaak. – 2:43 "Let It Snow" – 2:29 "Christmas on TV" – 2:19 "Pretty Paper" – 2:33 "White Christmas" – 2:32 "Mele Kalikimaka" – 1:56 "Brightest Star" – 3:03 "Last Month of the Year" – 2:14 "Gotta Be Good" – 2:42 "Auld Lang Syne" – 1:09Australian edition bonus tracks"I'll Be Home for Christmas" – 2:48 "Santa Bring My Baby Back" – 2:12
"Wicked Game" is a song by American rock musician Chris Isaak, released from his third studio album Heart Shaped World. Despite being released as a single in 1989, it did not become a hit until it was featured in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart. Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director who loved David Lynch films, began playing the song, it became a nationwide top-ten hit in January 1991, reaching number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the first hit song of Isaak's career, it has subsequently been covered by many other artists and been featured in numerous high-profile movies and television series and advertisements, so much so that Dazed magazine questioned whether it might be the most influential love song in modern music. The song is in the key of A Major and is played with notes from the B Dorian mode performed in what AllMusic describes as a "brooding, sorrowfully conflicted" tone. Although it is interpreted as a ballad about unrequited love, Isaak himself has said that the song was inspired by a telephone call from a girl seeking to arrange a casual sexual liaison and is about "what happens when you have a strong attraction to people that aren't good for you".
It was written in short order following the call. Through several years, many different versions and arrangements of the song were made before the final version was released. Both the bassline and drums were sampled from previous recordings of the song and looped. James Calvin Wilsey played the distinctive lead guitar solo on the song. There are two different music videos for this song; the most well-known music video of the song was directed by Herb Ritts, shot in Hawaii at what was known as Kamoamoa beach in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. The newly formed black-sand beach was created from lava from Kilauea volcano flowing into the ocean about a mile away; the beach was covered by lava not long. The video featured supermodel Helena Christensen frolicking on the beach with Isaak, it was filmed in black and white. Isaak and Christensen were shirtless through most of the video, although her nudity was concealed by clever camera angles. In the middle of the video, Christensen was seen only in panties.
The video won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video, Best Cinematography and Best Video from a Film. It was ranked #13 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos, #4 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments, #73 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 100 Top Music Videos, #1 on Fuse's 40 Sexiest Videos in 2010. Another video was directed by David Lynch, it features scenes of Lula and Sailor from the film, interspersed with black-and-white footage of Isaak performing the song. Chris Isaak – vocals, acoustic guitar James Calvin Wilsey – electric guitar Rowland Salley – bass guitar, vocals Kenney Dale Johnson – percussion Frank Martin – keyboards The Finnish band HIM remade this song, first using it in their demo This Is Only the Beginning on their EP 666 Ways To Love: Prologue, followed by another recording of it on their first album Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666, lastly on the British and American versions of their second album Razorblade Romance. The last recording they made of it reappeared on their compilation album And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits 1997–2004.
"Wicked Game" became the band's breakthrough song in their native Finland. HIM frontman Ville Valo had this to say about "Wicked Game": "I went to Pasila's library and borrowed the soundtrack-vinyl of Wild At Heart and recorded it on tape. So with Linde we tried to'learn' the song from the tape, it was kind of funny. We did not hear the guitar parts well enough from that'bad quality' tape. We heard the lyrics wrong, when the song was recorded to our first EP, there were a few funny mistakes in the lyrics." German release"Wicked Game" – 3:54 "For You" – 4:00 "Our Diabolical Rapture" – 5:20 "Wicked Game" – 3:58Finnish release"Wicked Game" "For You"2000 UK release"Wicked Game" – 3:36 "When Love and Death Embrace" – 3:34 "The Heartless" – 3:112000 Swedish release"Wicked Game" 2000 "When Love and Death Embrace" – 3:34 Il Divo bought the copyright and covered the song in the classical crossover genre, performing the song in his lyrical voice, in Italian. It was included on his 2011 album of the same name.
Singer songwriter Gemma Hayes recorded a version of the song. On February 16, 2012 Hayes revealed in an interview with Evening Echo's'Downtown', she recorded a cover version of Wicked Game" for US Teen drama Pretty Little Liars, the song featured throughout her 2012 tour playlist. On 1 March 2012, gemmahayes.com confirmed her cover of "Wicked Game" would appear on Pretty Little Liars on 12 March and will be available to download as a single. The track was released after her fourth studio album Let It Break and before her fifth studio album release Bones+Longing. In March 2015, a video musical session was recorded playing this song at St. Patrick's Chapel – Irish Cultural Center, Paris. Chart positionIn January 2012, Hayes was asked to record a cover version of Chris Isaak"Wicked Game' for US teen drama'Pretty Little Liars'; the track appeared on US TV in March 2012. The track was released on iTunes on 12 March 2012; the song performed well in the charts peaking at #5 in Canada, #4 in Ireland, #3 in France and #1 in Sweden.
In 2013, German house producer Parra for Cuva released a cover version. The single was re-titled as "Wicked Games" in plural, it was first released on Beatport worldwide as a digital download in August 2013 a mainstream release as a digital downlo
Christopher Joseph Isaak is an American musician and occasional actor. He is 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 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 focus on the themes of love 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 also compared to Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Duane Eddy. Isaak was born in Stockton, California, at St. Joseph's Medical Center, the son of Dorothy, a potato chip factory worker, Joe Isaak, a forklift driver, his father's family is Catholic Black Sea German from North Dakota. Isaak's mother is Italian American, from Genoa.
Isaak attended Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in north Stockton, graduating in 1974. He was class president all three years, culminating with his election as student body president in his senior year, along with being the 1974 graduating class valedictorian and head of the all-male cheer squad, he subsequently attended a local college, San Joaquin Delta Community College, before transferring to the University of the Pacific, graduating with a bachelor's degree in English and communications arts in 1981. He was in an exchange program that allowed him to study in Japan. After graduating from college, Isaak put together Silvertone; this rockabilly outfit consisted of James Calvin Wilsey, Rowland Salley, Kenney Dale Johnson, who remained with Isaak as his permanent backing band. In 1985 Isaak signed a contract with Warner Bros. Records, released his first album, Silvertone, to critical acclaim, including from John Fogerty; the name was taken from the band. The album's sound was diverse, mingling country blues with conventional folk ballads.
Although the album was a critical success, it failed to sell respectably. Two tracks from the album, "Gone Ridin'" and "Livin' for Your Lover," featured in David Lynch's cult classic Blue Velvet. Isaak's self-titled follow-up album was released in 1986 and managed to scrape into the Billboard Top 200; the album saw Isaak hone his style to sophisticated R&B. The artwork for Chris Isaak, was photographed by fashion photographer Bruce Weber. Isaak's contract was renewed in 1988. "Suspicion of Love" appears in the 1988 hit movie Married to the Mob starring Matthew Modine, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dean Stockwell. Isaak's best known song is "Wicked Game." First released on the 1989 album Heart Shaped World, an instrumental version of the song was subsequently featured in the 1990 David Lynch film Wild at Heart. Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director, obsessed with Lynch films, played the vocal version and it became the station's most-requested song. Chesnut spread the word to other radio stations and the single became a national Top 10 hit in February 1991.
It reached No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart. The music video for the song was a MTV and VH1 hit. Another less-seen version of "Wicked Game" is directed by David Lynch and comprises scenes from the film Wild at Heart. "Wicked Game" featured as the backing music in the 2001 TV advertisement for the Jaguar X-Type in the UK. In 1995 Isaak split with longtime guitarist James Calvin Wilsey; that year's Forever Blue album and the accompanying tour featured Hershel Yatovitz on guitar. In an interview with Mark Needham, an engineer who worked with Isaak on "Wicked Game," Needham claimed that it took several years to put the track together. In 1999 Isaak's "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" was featured in Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut; the song is on his 1995 Forever Blue album. The music video for the song is directed by Herb Ritts, it was shot in color and featured Isaak and French supermodel Laetitia Casta in a motel room; this was Isaak's second collaboration with Ritts. Isaak composed a theme song for U.
S. late-night television variety/talk The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. In 2001, Isaak starred in 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 Isaak and his band playing themselves and the episode plots were based on fictional accounts of the backstage world of Isaak—the rock star next door. In 2004 his track "Life Will Go On" was featured on Chasing Liberty's soundtrack, which starred Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode, his track "Two Hearts" was featured in the closing credits of the 1993 film True Romance, directed by Tony Scott, written by Quentin Tarantino, starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. Isaak's producer, Erik Jacobsen, was instrumental in his sound for 15 years. Jacobsen is known for his production work with The Lovin' Spoonful, solo albums from Spoonful's John Sebastian and Jerry Yester. Isaak ceased working with Jacobsen on Always Got Tonight. In 2007 Isaak opened for Stevie Nicks on her Crystal Visions Tour during the first leg of the tour.
In 2006 he appeared on a duet with Johnny Hallyday covering Fats Domino's hit Blueberry Hill. The duet was rec
Silvertone is the debut album by American musician Chris Isaak, released in 1985, named after his three-piece backup band. The US edition includes the song "Another Idea" as track 13 and early CD editions of the album utilized CD+G technology; the album peaked at #77 in Australia in June 1986. The album was not a hit until the song "Gone Ridin'" was featured in the 1986 David Lynch film Blue Velvet, the first of many Isaak/Lynch collaborations, though the song had appeared on the soundtrack to the film American Flyers the year before. "Dancin'" appeared in the film Modern Girls released the same year, but wasn't included on the soundtrack. It appeared in the season 2 episode of Miami Vice'Payback'. "Gone Ridin'" was used in the 1987 comedy Morgan Stewart's Coming Home. Two songs from this album were played on the Fox's long running teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 including "Gone Ridin'", played in the Season 2 episode "Pass, Not Pass". All songs written by Chris Isaak. "Dancin'" – 3:44 "Talk to Me" – 3:04 "Livin' for Your Lover" – 2:56 "Back on Your Side" – 3:14 "Voodoo" – 2:44 "Funeral in the Rain" – 3:18 "The Lonely Ones" – 3:12 "Unhappiness" – 3:10 "Tears" – 2:44 "Gone Ridin'" – 2:36 "Pretty Girls Don't Cry" – 2:24 "Western Stars" – 3:12 "Another Idea" – 2:53 MusiciansChris Isaak – vocals, guitar James Calvin Wilsey – lead guitar, lap steel guitar Prairie Prince – drums Chris Solberg – bass Pee Wee Ellis – saxophone Jim Keltner – drums on "Livin' for Your Lover" Pat Craig – organProductionProduced by Erik Jacobsen Engineered by Tom Mallon, Mark Needham, Lee Herschberg, Dave Carlson & Pat Craig Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Heart Full of Soul
"Heart Full of Soul" is a song recorded by English rock group the Yardbirds in 1965. Written by Graham Gouldman, it was the Yardbirds' first single after Jeff Beck replaced Eric Clapton as lead guitarist. Released only three months after "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" reached the top ten on the charts in the United Kingdom and the United States; the Yardbirds' first recorded the song with an Indian sitar player performing the distinctive instrumental figures. However, the group was dissatisfied with the results. Beck developed the part on electric guitar using a fuzz box distortion unit. Music writers have described his contribution as introducing Indian-influenced guitar stylings to rock music; as one of the Yardbirds' most popular songs, it was performed in concert. There are a number of live recordings, the earliest of which feature Beck, while ones feature guitarist Jimmy Page. "Heart Full of Soul" appears on several of the group's compilations and renditions have been recorded by other musicians.
Guitarist Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in March 1965 because of a perceived shift in musical direction. Inspired in part by Jeff Beck, who replaced Clapton, the group began to experiment with different musical styles. Beck had more varied influences and used electronically enhanced guitar effects, such as fuzz and feedback, which he brought to the group's sound; when preparing for a follow-up single to their first record chart hit, "For Your Love", the song's writer Graham Gouldman provided a demo for a new song. Music critic Richie Unterberger described Gouldman as "a genius at alternating tempos and major/minor modes", which are used in "Heart Full of Soul"; the shift in tempo and use of double-time was a feature of the Yardbirds' live performances and was known as a "rave up". At the time, popular music at large was seen as becoming more experimental. Gouldman's arrangement was perceived as creating an exotic sound. Yardbirds' drummer Jim McCarty explained that "the riff on the demo suggested a sitar" and that the group's manager, Giorgio Gomelsky, hired a sitar and a tabla player for a recording session.
Beck biographer Martin Power notes that "For Your Love" had been made more memorable by a prominent harpsichord part and that may have influenced Gomelsky's decision. Beck notes this parallel; the use of sitar was a new approach. Several months the Beatles recorded "Norwegian Wood", the first rock song released to incorporate a sitar part. Session guitar player Jimmy Page, who joined the Yardbirds, was working in an adjacent studio and attended the session; the Yardbirds' first attempt to record "Heart Full of Soul" was on 13 April 1965 at Advision Studios in London. The session began with the sitar player playing the distinctive instrumental riff. However, he was unfamiliar with the type of rock sound the group was trying to achieve – "It just didn't have any groove to it", Beck felt. McCarty added: "It was fine in principle, but while the tablas sounded OK, the sitar just wasn't up front enough, it just didn't cut through." Beck developed a riff on guitar to replace the sitar line. He elaborated in an interview: The sitar player couldn't get the 4/4 time signature right.
So I said,'Look, is this the figure?' I had a Toneblender, going. We did one take, it sounded outrageous. So they kept the tabla player, they rushed that out, the rest was a rollercoaster ride. According to McCarty, Beck developed the riff after borrowing Page's prototype fuzz box, designed for him by Roger Mayer; when he played the lick for the band, they felt that it was a perfect fit: "this great sounding riff emerged... I mean Beck just nailed it", rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja recalled; the group returned to Advision on 20 April to complete the song. Beck was able to achieve the sitar-like hook by bending the higher notes on his guitar in an while using his own Tone Bender unit to get the distinctive tone. While sounding the open D string, he added a droning quality reminiscent of the sitar's sympathetic strings. Music writer Alan di Perna describes Beck's playing as a milestone and helped introduce "the psychedelic subgenre known as'raga rock'", which became popular during 1966 and 1967. William Echard adds "'Heart Full of Soul,' released in June 1965, is said to have marked the arrival of raga rock be pivotal in shaping the look and sound of 1960s psychedelia."
Unterberger commented, that the song does not rely on gimmicks and has other aspects that make it compelling. He added that the vocal parts by lead singer Keith Relf, backed by atmospheric harmonies, provide contrasting melancholic and upbeat sections; the song is propelled by a strummed acoustic guitar by Relf, giving it an element of contemporary folk music. McCarty and session bassist Ron Prentice comprise the rhythm section. Yardbirds' bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, who assumed the role of producer for "For Your Love", is listed as "Musical Director" on the Columbia 45 rpm single. Gomelsky received the credit as the song's producer. Less than three months after "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" was released as the Yardbirds' first single since Clapton's departure. In the UK, Columbia issued it on 4 June 1965, with Epic Records following on 2 July 1965 in the US. In an ironic twist, the picture sleeve used by Epic featured a photo of the Clapton lineup instead of the Beck lineup. Epic released the group's next single, without a picture sleeve.
Roots rock is rock music that looks back to rock's origins in folk and country music. It is associated with the creation of hybrid subgenres from the 1960s including country rock and Southern rock, which have been seen as responses to the perceived excesses of dominant psychedelic and developing progressive rock; because roots music is used to mean folk and world musical forms, roots rock is sometimes used in a broad sense to describe any rock music that incorporates elements of this music. In the 1980s, roots rock enjoyed a revival in response to trends in punk rock, new wave and heavy metal music. In 1966, as many rock artists moved towards expansive and experimental psychedelia, Bob Dylan spearheaded the back-to-basics roots revival when he went to Nashville to record the album Blonde on Blonde, using notable local musicians like Charlie McCoy. This, the subsequent more country-influenced albums, John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline, have been seen as creating the genre of country folk, a route pursued by a number of acoustic, folk musicians.
Other acts that followed the back to basics trend in different ways were the Canadian/American group the Band and the California-based Creedence Clearwater Revival, both of which mixed basic rock and roll with folk and blues, to be among the most successful and influential bands of the late 1960s. The same movement saw the beginning of the recording careers of Californian solo artists like Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt and Lowell George; the back to basics tendency would be evident in the Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet and Exile on Main St. the Beatles' The White Album and Let It Be, the Doors' Morrison Hotel and L. A. Woman, as well as the Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead and American Beauty albums. Dylan's lead was followed by the Byrds, who were joined by Gram Parsons in 1968. Earlier in the year Parsons had recorded Safe at Home with the International Submarine Band, which made extensive use of pedal steel guitar and is seen by some as the first true country-rock album; the result of Parsons tenure in the Byrds was Sweetheart of the Rodeo considered one of the finest and most influential recordings in the genre.
The Byrds continued for a brief period in the same vein, but Parsons left soon after the album was released to be joined by another ex-Byrds member Chris Hillman in forming the Flying Burrito Brothers. Over the next two years they recorded the albums The Gilded Palace of Sin and Burrito Deluxe, which helped establish the respectability and parameters of the genre, before Parsons departed to pursue a solo career. Country rock was a popular style in the California music scene of the late 1960s, was adopted by bands including Hearts and Flowers and New Riders of the Purple Sage; some folk-rockers followed the Byrds into the genre, among them the Beau Brummels and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A number of performers enjoyed a renaissance by adopting country sounds, including: the Everly Brothers, whose Roots album is considered some of their finest work. One of the few acts to move from the country side towards rock were the bluegrass band The Dillards; the greatest commercial success for country rock came in the 1970s, with the Doobie Brothers mixing in elements of R&B, Emmylou Harris becoming the "Queen of country-rock" and Linda Ronstadt creating a successful pop-orientated brand of the genre.
Members of Ronstadt's former backing band went on to form the Eagles, emerged as one of the most successful rock acts of all time, producing albums that included Desperado and Hotel California. Country rock began to fade in the late 1970s in the face of punk and new wave trends. Although the Southern states had been, as much as anywhere, the birthplace of rock and roll, after the decline of rockabilly in the late 1950s, it was not until the early 1970s that a distinctive regional style of rock music emerged.. The founders of Southern rock are thought to be the Allman Brothers Band, who developed a distinctive sound derived from blues rock, but incorporating elements of boogie and country. Of the acts that followed the Allmans into the emerging genre, the most successful was Lynyrd Skynyrd, who with songs like "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama" helped establish the "Good ol' boy" image of the subgenre and the general shape of 1970s guitar rock, they were followed by many other bands, including The Atlanta Rhythm Section, ZZ Top, Black Oak Arkansas, the more country-influenced The Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter Group, the Dixie Dregs.
After the loss of original members of the Allmans and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the genre began to fade in popularity in the late 1970s, but was sustained the 1980s with acts like The Outlaws, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Pointblank.38 Special, Molly Hatchet. The term heartland rock was first used in the early 1970s to describe Midwestern arena rock groups like Kansas, REO Speedwago