Wicked Game

Wicked Game

Infobox Single
Name = Wicked Game

Artist = Chris Isaak
from Album = Heart Shaped World
B-side = Wicked Game (Instrumental)
Released = 1989
Format = CD Single
Recorded =
Genre = Pop, Rock
Length = 4:46
Label = Warner Brothers
Writer = Chris Isaak
Producer = Erik Jacobsen
Certification =
Last single = "Don't Make Me Dream About You"
This single = "Wicked Game"
Next single = "Blue Hotel" (re-release)
"Wicked Game" is a 1989 song by Chris Isaak from his third studio album "Heart Shaped World". It is written in the key of B minor and utilizes the B Dorian modal scale. Despite being released as a single in 1989, it didn't 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 of 1991, reaching #6 on the "Billboard" Hot 100 chart, making it the only hit song of his career in the U.S.

Chris Isaak version

Music video

The music video of the song was directed by Herb Ritts and featured top model Helena Christensen rolling on the beach with Isaak. It was shot in black and white. Both Christensen and Isaak were topless through most of the video, although clever camera angles concealed any actual nudity. Viewers still reacted to Christensen's sexually suggestive performance, and the video was later featured on MTV's "Sexiest Video of All-Time" countdown.Fact|date=July 2007 The video won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video, Best Cinematography and Best Video from a Film. A previous version of the video was commissioned for the "Wild at Heart" soundtrack, and was directed by David Lynch. [ [http://chrisisaak.online.fr/english/us-screencaps-wg.htm US Screencaps - Wicked Game] ]

The video was ranked #13 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos and was also ranked #4 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments. The video was ranked #73 on Rolling Stone magazine's "The 100 Top Music Videos".


The song is a classic Love/Hate relationship. The narrator (Isaak) acknowledges that “no one could save me but you” in the first line but then paradoxically says it was “foolish” to partake in the second line. The chorus pines for not wanting to fall in love yet is sung with such passion that one knows he is, or has been in love. He expresses his reluctance, yet hints at wanting to "fall in love" knowing this love of worldly desire will most likely break his heart.

Uses in popular culture

*The song was used as a theme for supercouple Jack and Jennifer in the "soap opera" "Days of our Lives"
*The song was used in Brett Ratner's film, "The Family Man".
*The song was used in 2 episodes of "Beverly Hills, 90210" "One Man and a Baby" from Season 1 and "Wildfire" from Season 2.
*The song was used in an episode of "Melrose Place" "Responsibly Yours" from Season 1.
*The song was used in the episode "The One Where Ross And Rachel...You Know" (2x15) of "Friends".
*The HIM version of the song was used in the fifth season of Smallville and was on the soundtrack album "Smallville: The Metropolis Mix".
*The Giant Drag version of the song can be heard in the preview commercial for Season 5 of "Nip/Tuck".
*The song was used in the 1992 movie "Leaving Normal" directed by Edward Zwick.
*The song was used in the commercial introducing the Jaguar X-Type.

Track listings

; CD maxi - Europe
# "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak
# "Cool Cat Walk" by Angelo Badalamenti
# "Dark Spanish Symphony" (string version) by Angelo Badalamenti — 2:34

; CD maxi - Promo - U.S.
# "Wicked Game" (album version) — 4:46
# "Wicked Game" (edit) — 4:06
# "Wicked Game" (instrumental) — 4:48

; Cassette
# "Wicked Game" (edit) — 4:06
# "Wicked Game" (instrumental) — 4:48; 12" maxi - UK
# "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak
# "Cool Cat Walk" by Angelo Badalamenti
# "Dark Spanish Symphony" (string version) by Angelo Badalamenti — 2:34

; 7" single - Europe
# "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak — 4:06
# "Cool Cat Walk" by Angelo Badalamenti — 3:22



Cover versions

HIM cover

Infobox Single
Name = Wicked Game

Artist = HIM
from Album = Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666
Released = September 28, 1998
Format = CD Single
Recorded =
Genre = Alternative rock
Length = 3:54
Label =
Writer = Chris Isaak
Producer =
Certification =
Chart position =
Last single = "Your Sweet Six Six Six"
This single = "Wicked Game"
Next single = "When Love and Death Embrace"
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate covers
Type = single

Lower caption = "Wicked Game" conaxyi vsexver on "Razorblade Romance"

The Finnish band HIM remade this song, first using it in their demo "This is Only the Beginning", then in their EP "", then another recording on their first album "Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666", and lastly on the British and American versions of their second album "Razorblade Romance". The last recording they made of it then reappeared on their compilation album "And Love Said No - The Greatest Hits 1997-2004". With "Wicked Game" on their EP and first album, HIM gained fame in their native Finland. HIM frontman Ville Valo had this to say about "Wicked Game": "I went to Pasila's library and borrowed the soundtrack-vinyl of "Wild At Heart" and recorded it on tape. So with Linde we tried to 'learn' the song from the tape. It was kind of funny, that we learnt the song a bit wrong. We didn't hear the guitar parts well enough from that 'bad quality' tape. We also heard the lyrics wrong, and when the song was later recorded to our first EP, there were a few funny mistakes in the lyrics."

Track listings

; German release
#"Wicked Game" - 3:54
#"For You" - 4:00
#"Our Diabolikal Rapture" - 5:20
#"Wicked Game" (666 Remix) - 3:58

; Finnish release
#"Wicked Game"
#"For You"

; 2000 UK release
#"Wicked Game" - 3:36
#"When Love And Death Embrace" (Amnt mix) - 3:34
#"The Heartless" (Serdlidlim Mix) - 3:11

; 2000 Swedish release
#"Wicked Game" 2000
#"When Love And Death Embrace" (Amnt mix) - 3:34

Other versions

* VAST plays a cover of Wicked Game during some of their live performances. [ [http://davidstrack.com/?p=127 "VAST Concert Review 2-8-08"] ]
* The industrial band Crossbreed recorded a version of this song for their 1998 release ".01".
* The Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist also recorded a version of this song for her 1998 album Remake of a weekend, changing the title to I'm a Victim of this song. She also made a video shot in the interior of a European café.
* Irish band JJ72 released an acoustic version of the song on their 2003 UK single release 'Always and Forever'
* Giant Drag added a cover of the track to the European release of their Hearts and Unicorns album
* The German dance/techno-outfit Novaspace recorded a version of the song for their 2004 album "Cubes".
* Heather Nova included a cover on her 2005 album "Redbird".
* The gregorian chant -inspired music group Gregorian made a cover of the song for their album "Masters of Chant III".
* R.E.M. included a cover of the song on their 1995 Fan Club Christmas Single.
* The winner of "Australian Idol" Damien Leith performed the song in 2006.
*Ima Robot did a cover of the song, which appeared on [http://www.myspace.com/imarobot their] MySpace site in 2006, and then on [http://www.mindviz.com/imarobot their mindviz] site in early 2007.
* Corey Taylor of Stone Sour performed this song acoustic in the band's tours of 2006 and 2007. A live acoustic version of the song is on the special edition version of the Stone Sour album Come What(ever) May.
* "Adam Gontier" of "Three Days Grace" performed this song acoustic in the bands tours of 2007 and this version is available for download on the iTunes version of their cd, One-X.
* West Australian hard rock band, Karnivool often play a small version of this song live in the middle of L1fel1ke.
* Lights of Euphoria recorded a remixed version of this song
* British girl group Girls Aloud recorded a cover of the Chris Isaak original, but it remains unreleased. [ [http://www.nme.com/news/girls-aloud/24598 "Girls Aloud release Kaiser Chiefs cover"] . "NME". October 6, 2006. Retrieved August 23, 2007.]
* British band Turin Brakes have played the song during various radio sessions, as well as playing it live on their live dates in late 2007. However, they have yet to release a studio version.
* Green Carnation covered this song for the bonus section of their DVD "Alive and well... In Krakow"
* Maroon 5 has played a portion of the song on its 2008 tour as a lead-in to their song "She Will Be Loved".
* The video was parodied in the Bloodhound Gang video "Screwing You on the Beach at Night".


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