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Chris Isaak

Christopher Joseph Isaak is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional actor. He is widely known for his hit "Wicked Game", as well as the songs "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing" and "Somebody's Crying". He is known for his signature 1950s rock & roll style and crooner sound, as well as his 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 released a total of 12 studio albums, toured, and received numerous award nominations. He has been called the Roy Orbison of the 1990s and is also often compared to Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, and Duane Eddy.

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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 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 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.
I keep things pretty simple. β€” Β© Chris Isaak
I keep things pretty simple.
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.
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.
I'm in showbusiness. I'm an entertainer.
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.
I got by as a musician since day one. I don't live beyond my means. I have real cheap tastes.
I put music on and I drive around town.
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.
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'.
I think I've had the slowest, most methodical career in the business.
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.
My advice is: if you've got to be miserable to write great music, then drive a truck. β€” Β© Chris Isaak
My advice is: if you've got to be miserable to write great music, then drive a truck.
I didn't grow up in the typical happy American home, but music was always a safe and wonderful place for me to go.
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.
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.
I think as far as self-promotion goes, I probably have a lot to learn.
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.
The '50s was a pretty wonderful time for people, it was hopeful.
Any time you talk about your own stuff you sound self-aggrandising.
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?'
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.
I'm a natural ham. It doesn't bother me to perform.
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.
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 never set out to write a certain kind of song, I just play my guitar and see if I catch something.
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.'
My only expenses are probably guitar strings and records.
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.
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.
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 write my own songs, and I only see their flaws.
I blow up fireworks all the time, and I love making milkshakes and banana splits. β€” Β© Chris Isaak
I blow up fireworks all the time, and I love making milkshakes and banana splits.
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.
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.
If you listen to old Jerry Lee Lewis records, he'll always - about nine times out of 10 have the lyrics different than the original record is.
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?
I don't know what people think in making record is like. But basically, I got a bunch of spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, and the whole band was staying at my house and we had a ball.
I think everybody in my generation, we wanted to be Elvis.
It's strange what desire will make foolish people do.
I grew up, I was going I want to be Jerry Lee Lewis. Only I can't play piano and sing that good.
I picked songs that I've been singing my whole life that stuck with me. I tried to pick stuff that was a variety. And I think the same way I always imagine that people are going to play the record at their house and I imagine them doing stuff with music on, like the way I am.
Glen Campbell told me, 'Stay out of the way of a good song.' I think it's true. If a song's good, don't overdo it.
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.
I believe the angels listen, God hears us pray. And I believe in a beautiful day. β€” Β© Chris Isaak
I believe the angels listen, God hears us pray. And I believe in a beautiful day.
I've been gone on the road for the past three years; maybe I've been home for two or three weeks in a year. I literally live - it's like one of those old movies where they show a train, and pages of a calendar are peeling away like leaves, and then there's a picture of me with gray hair.
If Frank Sinatra is singing, maybe everything will go good.
The one thing I’ve always had going for me was people’s low expectations. Nobody ever expects a whole hell of a lot from me.
I'm a hopeful romantic. In a couple of drinks, I'll be a lucky romantic. That's why they call me Mr. Lucky.
I did all my guitar playing at my house. And then finally, I was throwing hay and stuff working in Stockton and somebody offered - somehow they had heard me singing at the house and said: Hey, I'll hire you for our fraternity party or sorority party. And I said: Well, are they going to pay me? And he said: Yeah, we'll pay you 50 bucks.
I put on music and I'm washing my car. And I put on music if you have somebody and you're trying to make love. You put that on in the background and you go, maybe this will be romantic.
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