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What about this artist ?

enchanting
14% - 1
a great voice
28% - 2
I like it
14% - 1
I can listen but not too much
14% - 1
Not my style
14% - 1
I've never listened
14% - 1

Total : 7

#1 2006-12-03 21:33:29

Arwen
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France
Registered: 2006-11-29
Posts: 154

Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak

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Short biography

Date & place  of birth : Stockton (California), June 26,1956.

          Chris, the youngest of three brothers, grew up in a working class neighborhood in Stockton, California. From an early age, he was a fan of a wide variety of music. After attending the University of the Pacific, he spent a year in Japan, studying, working part-time at a movie studio, and doing a little amateur boxing on the side. He didn't really consider a career in music until he was 20 and living in Tokyo. Inspired by Elvis Presley's Sun Sessions, Chris decided to try his hand at singing.

http://img486.imageshack.us/img486/4417/boxing016si.jpg Woo ! Be careful ^^

He started out solo, working the club circuit in San Francisco, and soon formed an early version of his band Silvertone (name of his first guitar). The group was spotted by a producer (Erik Jacobsen,) and offered a deal by Warner Brothers.

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Isaak released his first album, Silvertone, on Warner Bros. in 1985. It was critically well received, yet it didn't sell.

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Two years later, he released Chris Isaak, which managed to scrape into the Top 200 album charts. After its release, the singer began an acting career with a bit part in Jonathan Demme's 1988 film Married to the Mob; he would later have parts in Wild at Heart, The Silence of the Lambs, and A Dirty Shame, as well as starring in his own situation comedy series for the Showtime cable network.

Released in 1989, Heart Shaped World initially sold more than Chris Isaak, yet it didn't manage to break big until late 1990, when the single "Wicked Game" was featured in David Lynch's Wild at Heart. Soon, the single became a Top Ten hit; the album also made it into the Top Ten and sold over a million copies. Both 1993's San Francisco Days and 1995's Forever Blue mined essentially the same vein as Heart Shaped World, yet both went gold and spawned a handful of hits. In 1996, Isaak released The Baja Sessions; Speak of the Devil followed two years later. Isaak's busy touring schedule and growing visibility as an actor kept him out of the recording studio until 2002, when he released Always Got Tonight, though in 2004 he did find time to cut his first seasonal album, Chris Isaak Christmas, which featured five new Yuletide tunes along with a batch of holiday favorites.

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ooooh! What a great pout ^^ ...................................He looks so shy.........................................I arriveeeeeee !!!!!


Musical Influences :

Chris says to have been influenced at his beginnings by Elvis Presley or Roy Orbison, but he refuses being considered as a Rockabilly singer... That doesn't avoid him to take up again during concerts standards of American rock.

We can however notice out some influences given by :......................................................................................................................Similar Artists :

Rick Nelson.......................................................................................................................................................................................The Mavericks
Elvis Presley......................................................................................................................................................................................Dwight Yoakam
Gene Pitney......................................................................................................................................................................................Bob Dylan
Roy Orbison.....................................................................................................................................................................................John Hiatt
Eddie Cochran....................................................................................................................................................................................Little Village
The Everly Brothers..............................................................................................................................................................................Lyle Lovett
Duane Eddy........................................................................................................................................................................................Ben Vaughn
Neil Diamond......................................................................................................................................................................................Nick Lowe
Chuck Berry.......................................................................................................................................................................................Stray Cats
.........................................................................................................................................................................................................Brian Setzer
.........................................................................................................................................................................................................John Fogerty
.........................................................................................................................................................................................................Dave Edmunds
.........................................................................................................................................................................................................T-Bone Burnett
.........................................................................................................................................................................................................Paal Flaata


Another little things :

Anectodes
He did a few jobs during his youth, roofer, docker, tourist guide and also employee in a..... mortician's shop !

Residence
He presently lives in San Francisco, in a house in front of the ocean.

Hobbies
He practices surf, especially in winter in San Francisco, when waves are the strongest. He is also TV presenter in his spare time (he sometimes appears in "The Tonight Show" by Jay Leno), musician (guitar, harmonica, drums, accordion, clavier, among other things)...  draws comics and writes some novels.

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Marital status
Still single yikes (argh ! A little too old for me  sad )


Discography :

2005    Christmas   
2004    Chris Isaak Christmas   
2002    Always Got Tonight   
1998    Speak of the Devil   
1996    Baja Sessions   
1995    Forever Blue   
1993    San Francisco Days   
1989    Heart Shaped World   
1986    Chris Isaak   
1985    Silvertone


My opinion :

If you don't know Chris Isaak by name, maybe you've already heard his voice, in movies for instance, such as :

2000 - Family Man (Brett Ratner) : Wicked game
1999 - Eyes wide shut (Stanley Kubrick) : Baby did a bad bad thing
1996 - Beautiful girls : Graduation day
1990 - Sailor et Lula (Wild at heart - David Lynch) : Wicked game

Which are I suppose the most known, but you can see the complete list here
Morever, He made brief appearances in several series and some little roles in movies.


I can't explain to you how is Chris Isaak's music, but his voice is really enchanting, he is a typical californian crooner.

The songs I prefer are :
"Baby did a bad bad thing"
"Please" (That I love ^^)
"Blue Hotel"

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waaaa! So luckyyyyyy !!


Links :

- A Website dedicated to Chris Isaak
- Biography on Starpulse


I'm so stupid ......
One day, I'll do the french riddle n°93... One day...
Stopped at the english 60 a long time ago

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