Chris Isaak was born in Stockton CA and came up through the San Francisco music scene. His songs were embraced by modern rock fans, though they often contained easy-listening and rock’n'roll leanings. Early guitar-driven hits included “You Owe Me Some Kind of Love” “Blue Hotel” and “Heart Full of Soul”. In 1989, Isaak released Heart Shaped World with the lead single “Wicked Game“. The song was a minor hit.

In 1990, David Lynch used an instrumental version of the song in his film Wild at Heart. The song’s distinctive guitar riff (played by James Calvin Wilsey) was a key element of it’s inclusion in Lynch’s twisted fantasy. This renewed interest in the song, and thanks to DJs who pushed the record, Isaak suddenly found renewed life on the charts. The song went into the top 10 before peaking at number 6 in early 1991. The song’s music video was directed by Herb Ritts, often called one of the sexiest of all time. In addition to Wilsey’s guitar, the song showcases Isaak’s strong crooning voice. The song was used in numerous places in popular culture, from movies to soap operas.

Isaak continues to record and scored several hits after “Wicked Games”, such as “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing”. He has also appeared in movies and television (That Thing You Do! and Friends, among others). From 2001-2004 Showtime ran a show about a fictionalized sitcom version of Isaak’s life, The Chris Isaak Show.