Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak


6/26/1956, Stockton, California

Birth Name

Christopher Joseph Isaak


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From Showtime: Throughout his career as a musician and actor, Chris Isaak has carved out a unique niche in American popular culture. As a musician, Chris' sly sense of humor and raw charisma have colored the popular songs he's written over the years and he's written some classics…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Album: Mr. Lucky

      Release Date: February 24, 2009

      Label: Wicked Game/Reprise


      "Cheater's Town"-3:37

      "We Let Her Down"-3:21

      "You Don't Cry Like I Do"-4:11

      "We've Got Tomorrow"-2:22

      "Breaking Apart"-3:39 (duet with Trisha Yearwood)

      "Baby Baby"-3:15

      "Mr. Lonely Man"-2:41

      "I Lose My Heart"-2:57 (duet with Michelle Branch)

      "Summer Holiday"-3:05

      "Best I Ever Had"-4:11

      "We Lost Our Way"-3:38

      "Very Pretty Girl"-4:20

      "Take My Heart"-2:23

      "Big Wide Wonderful World"-4:04

      "I Got It Bad" (Bonus Track)-4:21

      "Dream Deferred" (Bonus Track)-3:03

      "She" (Bonus Track)-4:01

      "Movie Star is Sleeping" (Bonus Track)-3:04

      "Keep the Heartache Real" (Bonus Track)-3:24

      "Blues Has Found Us" (Bonus Track)-3:19

    • Chris is a month older than movie, television, video game, and comic book writer, director, and producer Danny Bilson, father of actress Rachel Bilson.

    • Chris was ranked #11 on MuchMoreMusic's 20 Studliest Musicians Over 40.

    • Chris did a duet with the late Ray Charles on "You Are My Sunshine", which is on Charles' 2005 album Genius And Friends.

    • Chris contributed to the song "Besame Mucho" from the soundtrack to the 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile.

    • Chris contributed to two songs "Dark Moon" and "The Little White Cloud that Cried" from the soundtrack of the 1993 Clint Eastwood film A Perfect World.

    • Chris was named Outstanding Male Vocalist at the California Music Awards in 1999.

    • Chris is good friends with fashion photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber.

    • Chris is good friends with the late fashion photographer/music video director Herb Ritts.

    • Chris was named one of People magazine's "Hottest Bachelors" in 2000.

    • Chris is good friends and collaborator with Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks.

    • Chris is currently a correspondent for the entertainment talk show Extra.

    • Chris is an amateur boxer, a former Golden Gloves champion and an avid surfer.

    • Chris composed a theme song for US late-night television talk showThe Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn(1999-2004).

    • Chris returned to San Francisco and performed as a solo act then backed by Silvertone band. He signed with Warner Bros. Records in 1984 for his debut album Silvertone. His contract was renewed in 1988 when Warner Bros. moved him to their Reprise Records label.

    • He contributed to the song "Suspicion of Love", which is on the soundtrack of the 1988 Jonathan Demme film Married to the Mob. He had a small role as the hit-man clown at the fast food drive-in window.

    • Greatest Hits Album: Best of Chris Isaak
      Release Date: May 9, 2006
      Label: Reprise
      "San Francisco Days"-2:59
      "Somebody's Crying"-2:47
      "Wicked Game"-4:45
      "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing"-2:56
      "Let Me Down Easy"-4:05
      "Two Hearts"-3:34
      "King Without a Castle"-3:06
      "Only the Lonely"-2:53
      "Speak of the Devil"-3:30
      "Blue Spanish Sky"-3:57
      "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love"-3:47
      "Can't Do a Thing (To Stop Me)"-3:37
      "Let's Have a Party"-3:27
      "Blue Hotel"-3:12
      "I Want You to Want Me"-3:21
      "Forever Blue [Acoustic Version]"-2:38

    • Christmas Album: Chris Isaak Christmas
      Release Date: October 12, 2004
      Label: Wicked Game/Reprise
      "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"-2:11
      "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"-3:09
      "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"-2:30
      "Washington Square"-3:22
      "Blue Christmas"-2:20
      "Christmas Song"-2:46
      "Hey Santa!"-2:43
      "Let It Snow"-2:28
      "Christmas on TV"-2:18
      "Pretty Paper"-2:33
      "White Christmas"-2:31
      "Mele Kalikimaka"-1:55
      "Brightest Star"-3:03
      "Last Month of the Year"-2:13
      "Gotta Be Good"-2:41
      "Auld Lang Syne"-1:08

    • Album: Always Got Tonight
      Release Date: February 12, 2002
      Label: Reprise
      "One Day"-4:26
      "Let Me Down Easy"-4:08
      "Worked It Out Wrong"-3:48
      "Life Will Go On"-3:07
      "Always Got Tonight"-3:50
      "Cool Love"-3:45
      "Notice the Ring"-3:47
      "I See You Everywhere"-3:23
      "American Boy"-2:51
      "Somebody to Love"-2:36
      "Nothing to Say"-4:41

    • Album: Speak of the Devil
      Release Date: September 22, 1998
      Label: Reprise
      "Walk Slow"-3:01
      "Breaking Apart"-3:45
      "This Time"- 3:12
      "Speaking of the Devil"-3:30
      "Like the Way She Moves"-2:49
      "Don't Get So Down on Yourself"-3:11
      "Black Flowers"-2:43
      "I'm Not Sleepy"-2:36
      "Lonely Nights"-2:09
      "Talkin' About a Home"-4:44
      "Super Magic 2000"-3:45

    • Album: Wicked Game
      Release Date: June 30, 1998
      Label: Reprise
      "Wicked Game"-4:49
      "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love"-3:53
      "Blue Spanish Sky"-3:58
      "Heart Shaped World"-3:28
      "Heart Full of Soul"-3:20
      "Funeral in the Rain"-3:22
      "Blue Hotel"-3:13
      "Nothing's Changed"-4:07
      "Lie to Me"-4:15
      "Wicked Game [Instrumental]"-4:47

    • Album: Baja Sessions
      Release Date: October 8, 1996
      Label: Reprise
      "Pretty Girls Don't Cry"-3:09
      "Back on Your Side"-3:04
      "Only the Lonely"-2:53
      "South of the Border [Down Mexico Way]"-3:10
      "I Wonder"-2:56
      "Wrong to Love You"-3:55
      "Waiting for My Lucky Day"-2:38
      "Yellow Bird"-2:29
      "Two Hearts"-3:19
      "Return to Me"-2:17
      "Sweet Leilani"-2:17
      "Think of Tomorrow"-2:58

    • Album: Forever Blue
      Release Date: May 23, 1995
      Label: Reprise
      "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing"-2:54
      "Somebody's Crying"-2:48
      "Graduation Day"-3:10
      "Go Walking Down There"-2:50
      "Don't Leave Me on My Own"-2:14
      "Things Go Wrong"-3:02
      "Forever Blue"-2:42
      "There She Goes"-3:14
      "Goin' Nowhere"-2:54
      "Changed Your Mind"-3:51
      "Shadows in a Mirror"-3:59
      "I Believe"-3:10
      "End of Everything"-3:05

    • Album: San Francisco Days
      Release Date: April 13, 1993
      Label: Reprise
      "San Francisco Days"-2:58
      "Beautiful Homes"-3:49
      "Round 'N' Round"-4:27
      "Two Hearts"-3:33
      "Can't Do a Thing (To Stop Me)"-3:38
      "Except the New Girl"-3:20
      "Move Along"-4:01
      "I Want Your Love"-3:09
      "Lonely With a Broken Heart"-3:08
      "Solitary Man"-2:37

    • Album: Heart Shaped World
      Release Date: June 1989
      Label: Reprise
      "Heart Shaped World"-3:26
      "I'm Not Waiting"-3:15
      "Don't Make Me Dream About You"-3:30
      "Kings of the Highway"-4:44
      "Wicked Game"-4:46
      "Blue Spanish Sky"-3:57
      "Wrong To Love You"-4:17
      "Forever Young"-3:20
      "Nothing's Changed"-4:05
      "In The Heat Of The Jungle"-6:20
      "Diddley Daddy"-4:05

    • Album: Chris Isaak
      Release Date: December 1986
      Label: Warner Bros.
      "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love"-3:52
      "Heart Full of Soul"-3:20
      "Blue Hotel"-3:12
      "Lie to Me"-4:13
      "Fade Away"-4:16
      "Wild Love"-2:56
      "This Love Will Last"-2:46
      "You Took My Heart"-2:30
      "Lover's Game"-2:55
      "Waiting for the Rain to Fall"-3:39

    • Album: Silvertone
      Release Date: January 1985
      Label: Warner Bros.
      "Talk to Me"-3:08
      "Livin' for Your Lover"-2:56
      "Back on Your Side"-3:15
      "Funeral in the Rain"-3:23
      "Lonely Ones"-3:15
      "Gone Ridin'"-2:38
      "Pretty Girls Don't Cry"-2:25
      "Western Stars"-3:11
      "Another Idea"-2:53

    • Chris was named one of People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1999.

    • Chris attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

    • Chris is good friends with actress Lara Flynn Boyle.

    • Chris has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards in 1996.

    • Chris has been nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst New Star for Little Buddha in 1995.

    • Chris Isaak's music video "Wicked Game" was ranked #73 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 100 Top Music Videos.

    • Chris Isaak has dated: Caroline Rhea, Margaret Cho, and Bai Ling.

    • Chris Isaak's two music videos "Wicked Game" was ranked #4 and "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing" was ranked #28 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments.

    • Chris shares his birthday with Chris O'Donnell, Sean Hayes, and Paul Thomas Anderson.

    • Chris Isaak's music video "Wicked Game" was ranked #13 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.

    • Chris was named one of US magazine's "10 Sexiest Bachelors" in 1992.

    • He has two older brothers: Nick and Jeff.

    • He turned down the role of Jeffrey Beaumont in the 1986 David Lynch film Blue Velvet.

    • He turned down the role of Ray Sinclair in the 1986 Jonathan Demme film Something Wild.

    • Chris was about to be dropped by his record label until David Lynch used "Wicked Game" on the soundtrack of Lynch's 1990 film Wild At Heart making the song a big hit and saving his record deal. He later acted in Lynch's 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me a prequel to the 1990-1991 cult tv series.

    • Chris's mother is Italian-American, and Chris's father is German-American.

    • He was ranked #68 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

    • He has "I (Heart) Carole L" written on one of his guitars in memory of Carole Low, his former high school girlfriend, who died of cancer.

    • Chris was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1990.

    • He is 6'1" (1.85 m).

    • He graduated from Stagg High School in Stockton, California in 1974.

  • Quotes

    • Chris: 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.

    • Chris: I don't smoke, I don't do drugs, never have - I'd much prefer to work out or go surfing or chase women or hang out and play guitar with my friends. Everyone else wants to buy a huge TV. When I'm 85 and the only thing I can move is my thumb, then I'll get one of those big screens. You know they halve your sex life - seriously, there's been a study!"

    • Chris: I don't do drugs. They take away from your innate ability to chase women.