Wicked Game

Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)

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"Wicked Game" is a 1989 song by Chris Isaak from his third studio album Heart Shaped World. It is written in the mode of B Dorian. Despite being released as a single in 1989, it did not become a hit until it was later featured in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart. Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director who was obsessed with David Lynch films, began playing the song and it quickly became a nationwide top ten hit in January 1991, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the only hit song of his career in the U.S.

Through several years, many different versions and arrangements of the song were made before the final version was released. With its sound, one might be surprised to learn that both the bassline and drums (except the cymbals) were sampled from previous recordings of the song and then looped.

The music video of the song was directed by Herb Ritts, shot in Hawaii and featured top model Helena Christensen rolling and frolicking on the beach with Isaak. It was filmed in black and white. Christensen was topless and Isaak was shirtless through most of the video, although clever camera angles concealed any actual nudity. Viewers still reacted to...

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