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Chris Isaak — Wicked Game
Album: Heart Shaped World
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Total ratings: 3992









Released: 1989
Length: 4:46
Plays (last 30 days): 1
World was on fire and no one could save me but you
It's strange what desire will make foolish people do
I'd never dreamed that I'd meet somebody like you
And I'd never dreamed that I'd lose somebody like you

No, I don't wanna fall in love
(This world is only gonna break your heart)
No, I don't wanna fall in love
(This world is only gonna break your heart)
With you
With you
(This world is only gonna break your heart)

What a wicked game to play, to make me feel this way
What a wicked thing to do, to let me dream of you
What a wicked thing to say, you never felt this way
What a wicked thing to do, to make me dream of you

And I don't wanna fall in love
(This world is only gonna break your heart)
No, I don't wanna fall in love
(This world is only gonna break your heart)
With you

World was on fire, no one could save me but you
It's strange what desire will make foolish people do
I'd never dreamed that I'd love somebody like you
And I'd never dreamed that I'd lose somebody like you

No, I don't wanna fall in love
(This world is only gonna break your heart)
No, I don't wanna fall in love
(This world is only gonna break your heart)
With you
(This world is only gonna break your heart)
With you
(This world is only gonna break your heart)
No, I...
(This world is only gonna break your heart)
(This world is only gonna break your heart)

Nobody loves no one
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To me this is a       SOLID                                                                                8 -Most Excellent
For me it is one of those songs that serves as a bookmark to a chapter in my life. 
 Jenny.lendrum1 wrote:
this one never fails to rock my heart
 

Never fails to make me hit the skip toggle 
If you have the chance to see Chris in concert, don't think about it, just go, you won't be disappointed.
I paid waaaay too much attention to this video when it came out on MTV and got caught by my mom. 
Only 3 chords. Amazing.
Said by a friend of mine... "Women get pregnant just *listening* to this song!" 
One of the best songs, ever. I like the cover of London Grammar even better, even if that makes me a terrible person.
I first heard Chris Isaak c.1986 when he opened for Suzanne Vega... he was quite impressive.
Love this tune
 icuski2 wrote:
This isn't Roy Orbison??
 
It's a 4 or 5 on the Orbison scale.  Roy singing this would deliver chills on the big notes.
 Queue wrote:

I think it is a bit of a yodel nod/tribute if you will.  Certainly not full-on yodeling, but that yodel-y crack from full voice to falsetto is definitely there.
 
I always thought that a part of his singing style was a nod to Slim Whitman and/or Frank Ifield.
Song 8.... Vocal 9...... Guitar 10....9 average
this one never fails to rock my heart
This world is only gonna break your heart.{#Cry}
 RobN wrote:

I stand corrected.This forum can be educational at times.

 
I think it is a bit of a yodel nod/tribute if you will.  Certainly not full-on yodeling, but that yodel-y crack from full voice to falsetto is definitely there.
Reminds me so much of Ricky Nelson. Who? LOL Look him up. Ozzie And Harriet.
I remembered watching the video to this song and having to quickly turn off the TV when my mom came in the room. Thanks for the memory.
Great Song...Better Video
 Solanus wrote:

That's not yodeling - it's just a falsetto. Yodeling would be if he quickly oscillated between falsetto and full voice.

 
I stand corrected.This forum can be educational at times.
MMMM - Helena! - One of the original Angels + Victoria Secret Fashion Show Tonight at 10 {#Dancingbanana}
Mistakenly I always mistook the artist for Roy Orbison.  He gets my 10 too... guitar AND vocal chords intertwine...iiiiiin...iiiing....
Enough said .... 

On_The_Beach wrote:
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love this one  : )
I've loved this song since the first time I heard it over 25 years ago. Still feel the same.
Great transition from Delerium Innocente.  Bill has an incredible ear.
 RobN wrote:
Decent lyrics, great tune, heartfelt and moving vocal performance, fine guitar work and lovely production. If only he could have resisted the temptation to yodel it would have been a straight ten from me.

 
That's not yodeling - it's just a falsetto. Yodeling would be if he quickly oscillated between falsetto and full voice.
Takes me back, brilliant track
 chyk5 wrote:
This song has held up well; seems timeless. 

 
My thoughts exactly. I'm not his biggest fan, but if he never did anything else...
Decent lyrics, great tune, heartfelt and moving vocal performance, fine guitar work and lovely production. If only he could have resisted the temptation to yodel it would have been a straight ten from me.
 Jota wrote:

Write properly please.

 
A DJ on the radio said kids today don't use vowels. Hence artists like STRFKR, MGMT, SBTRKT, etc.

There's even a name for it, disemvoweling!  {#Lol}
Love it! Thanks for playing
 
Average rating 8.4.  A lot of negative, but certainly many, including me really enjoying this tune.  Boston 1991.  Thanks Bill.
This song has held up well; seems timeless. 
Definitely No 1 on my PSD top 10 list of all time {#Mrgreen} 
 jbuhl wrote:

No sh!t bro.  Not much on RP that gets under my skin but this one is just dripping with to much sap for me {#Rolleyes}

 
That's why there IS a PSD option!!! It's a good tune whether YOU like it or not.
 kgage wrote:
Omg!
PSD! 

 
No sh!t bro.  Not much on RP that gets under my skin but this one is just dripping with to much sap for me {#Rolleyes}
This isn't Roy Orbison??
The "King" lives. 10 - 4me
Perfect.  Will never get old.  
love, love love!!!
{#Sleep}
Omg!
PSD! 
Yesssssssss...
 kgage wrote:
SRSLY! PSD.

 
SRSLY! EAD.
This just never gets old. It just transports me back to 1990.
 coccyx wrote:
sexiest

song

ever 


+1  


 kgage wrote:
SRSLY! PSD.

 
Write properly please.
SRSLY! PSD.
Great song, great voice, great guitar !
Outstanding indeed!
 Steely_D wrote:
Ignoring "sexy" I'm thinking that the point was how he's so enamored and she's so not. (edit)
 
Hmm, OK, I'll buy that.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
People talk about how sexy the video is. The model playing the girlfriend couldn't have looked any less interested in being there; biting her nails, staring off blankly into space and barely staying awake. Is that sexy? (Good song, though.)

 
Ignoring "sexy" I'm thinking that the point was how he's so enamored and she's so not.

But she's a good looking girl, that's for sure. 
People talk about how sexy the video is. The model playing the girlfriend couldn't have looked any less interested in being there; biting her nails, staring off blankly into space and barely staying awake. Is that sexy? (Good song, though.)
damn every time these goose bumps! {#Bananajam}
Love Chris's crooner, Roy Orbison like voice.  Great music. We saw him in Missoula, MT one summer evening.  He came into the crowd and stood next to my wife!  Think that didn't just blow her mind.  He has a wonderful self-effacing sense of humor.
Sexy sexy sexy. Check out Wolf Alice's cover of this - good stuff!
Yes, please.
sexiest

song

ever 
still love this song
The music is awesome, he is incredible but it is a little poo hoo me...
Great guitar sound
Is this his only song?


Classic Video / Song.... https://youtu.be/vvvX5QM4z3Y
Love, love, love
 TJOpootertoot wrote:

Yeah, I don't remember 1989 being a big year for moody, country-inflected, Roy  Orbison-ish ballads. A fast glance at Wikipedia shows the Top 10 songs that year were by the likes of Poison, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul and Milli Vanilli. I suspect the record company had ZERO idea what to do with this and it's by the grace of David Lynch that it rightfully had the spotlight shone upon it.

 
Herb Ritts' video didn't hurt the popularity of this song either.
He came through Eugene a few years ago, nice outdoor amphitheater, very very good show {#Bounce} 
 TerryS wrote:
the song was a breakthrough, but the video was also a breakout soft-core porn phenomenon.
's all good. 

 
Looks like I'll be watching this then.Beautiful,thought provoking song.
the song was a breakthrough, but the video was also a breakout soft-core porn phenomenon.
's all good. 
One of the best songs ever written.

Nothing sounded like this when it came out. But it was a huge hit. I loved that, seeing a great song break through the clutter. And this from someone who loved all the other mainstream hits, too.

I think it was the video that took this into stratosphere...
MTV was still considered new and people watched.
Videos became their own art form
It was a GREAT video and everyone (man/woman) could see/wish they were the lucky one on the beach.

It sold a dream we all have.
Sometimes we get close enough to touch but never can hold it.


 


TJOpootertoot wrote:

Yeah, I don't remember 1989 being a big year for moody, country-inflected, Roy  Orbison-ish ballads. A fast glance at Wikipedia shows the Top 10 songs that year were by the likes of Poison, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul and Milli Vanilli. I suspect the record company had ZERO idea what to do with this and it's by the grace of David Lynch that it rightfully had the spotlight shone upon it.

 


{#Sunny}
Damn, this sounds so good on a half-moonlit, half-thunderstormy balmy Boulder night, as I reflect anew what a wicked game Love is...
Likes me some Chirs Isaak.. {#Bananajam}
Still a great tune. Can't let no one indifferent.
 Solanus wrote:


Seeing that Heart Shaped World was released in June 1989 and the song didn't do anything until early 1991, it's pretty obvious his record label had no idea what they were sitting on.

 
Yeah, I don't remember 1989 being a big year for moody, country-inflected, Roy  Orbison-ish ballads. A fast glance at Wikipedia shows the Top 10 songs that year were by the likes of Poison, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul and Milli Vanilli. I suspect the record company had ZERO idea what to do with this and it's by the grace of David Lynch that it rightfully had the spotlight shone upon it.
A fave...but i like the dance remix better.
 
{#Sleep}
 Spiderwoman wrote:
Imagine being Isaak's record label when this came to their attention. Cha CHING. 

 

Seeing that Heart Shaped World was released in June 1989 and the song didn't do anything until early 1991, it's pretty obvious his record label had no idea what they were sitting on.
Perfect dark blue ballad. The guitar player put out ONE solo album in this same vein
Not sure what the RP policy is regarding cover versions but...  if you like the song and are a bit tired of the original version then what about the cover by London Grammar?  Her voice is lower than Chis Isaak's and that makes for an interesting change. Worth a playlist experiment RP?
I think, today, that this is probably my favourite song of all time.
Such a beautifully produced, lush tune

that feels so mannered and untouchable. 

Gorgeous voice and subtle style and, after a while, it feels too perfect. 
 zepher wrote:


 
Knew someone like her once. In love only with herself—no room for anyone else. Then again, I knew that going in.
 liamu5 wrote:
We listen through our TV, I normally love the photos put with the songs. But you
 totally missed it with Wicked Game. Tennis? Bowling? That is not what the song is about.

 
It's not?  Man, that's disappointing.  Cool tune anyhow.
vintage bowling
 jmkate wrote:
Haunting and distracting, in a positive fashion..

 
Agreed.  I stop what I'm doing every time I hear this :) 
Haunting and distracting, in a positive fashion..
I surprise myself by always liking this. Solid 7 from the Southern UK judge!
Four minutes too long!
  {#Cheers}   ICONIC
I imagine it's difficult to take photos of the Wicked Game Mr. Isaak is singing about.  {#Roflol}
7>>>8
 

liamu5 wrote:
We listen through our TV, I normally love the photos put with the songs. But you
 totally missed it with Wicked Game. Tennis? Bowling? That is not what the song is about.

 


We listen through our TV, I normally love the photos put with the songs. But you
 totally missed it with Wicked Game. Tennis? Bowling? That is not what the song is about.
Opfer dieses Liedes :-) (-> les reines prochaines)
 Scientist79 wrote:
sperm just oozes out without wanking
 
Talk to your GP, not us.
 Scientist79 wrote:
sperm just oozes out without wanking

 
Sigh, it's good to be a rock star.
This makes four times today I've had to turn the speakers up.  Thumbs up, RP.  {#Daisy}
{#Bananajam}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana_2}
 ckevin63 wrote:
9 for the song....10 for the video:)

 
...... yes
 AndyJ wrote:
A place, A time, a Face... All come with this song... Thank you...

 
Amen...
Always loved the lazy, slinky guitar on this.
 kingart wrote:
I wouldn't miss this tune if I never heard it again. Mr. Isaak laments a lot. Lighten up, bro. Heartbreak and pining away is his niche of lover's angst, she done me bad never gonna fall in love, but hey, man, can we get an upbeat high energy rock-out tune every five years or so?

 

Do you have any of his releases?!
 There is quite a bit of "upbeat high energy rock-out" tunes there!
Anyone look at those wedding profiles in the Sunday NY Times? Last Sunday one of the weddings they profiled mentioned that the bride walked down the aisle to this tune. Seemed SUCH an odd choice!
 Scientist79 wrote:
sperm just oozes out without wanking

 

hahaha...dude, you've changed my perspective, and redefined the sport of articulation!!

Hats off! (but tissues at the ready.....!)
So high this song
sperm just oozes out without wanking
Would love to hear a polka version of this. Or a mariachi take, with the singer going "Ay Yai YAI!" at the break.
I have loved this song from the first time I heard it.  Even after Beavis and Butthead made fun of it.  :)
 Spiderwoman wrote:
Imagine being Isaak's record label when this came to their attention. Cha CHING. 

 
Imagine Isaak's reaction after recorded it..."Nailed it!"
A place, A time, a Face... All come with this song... Thank you...
 ckevin63 wrote:
9 for the song....10 for the video:)

 
oh yeah
9 for the song....10 for the video:)
Imagine being Isaak's record label when this came to their attention. Cha CHING. 
I wouldn't miss this tune if I never heard it again. Mr. Isaak laments a lot. Lighten up, bro. Heartbreak and pining away is his niche of lover's angst, she done me bad never gonna fall in love, but hey, man, can we get an upbeat high energy rock-out tune every five years or so?
 Stratocaster wrote:


The chord progression running through the whole song is Bm, A and E.  It never changes!

Plus, you need to grab the whammy bar and really abuse it while playing the chords.

Beautiful, beautiful tune and WOW what a sexy video.
 

Bingo...  well said...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll... 
I'm sure it's been said, but this is forever Lynch's "Sailor and Lula" to me. I can't even give it a rating, because I'd be rating the movie, not the song... (the movie would get a 9 though ;)  )
wicked cool
Sends me to the time it was all over the radio waves...I was having premonitions against marrying my ex-wife...but I, like Odysseus, who despite being told of the Future, was doomed to see it unfold precisely as revealed; yeah, my head was, like, floating in the breeze, man... 
 geordiezimmerman wrote:
Only decent song he's ever done.

 

Really dude?
This has to be one of the highest rated post 1980 songs. With reason.