Wicked Games by Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak is an American musician, singer and occasional actor who began his career in 1985. His first album, “Silvertone”, was released in 1985 and included the hit single, “Wicked Game”. The single was released in November of 1989 and peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song reflects on the painful knowledge that reality will eventually force its way into an otherwise loving relationship between two people. The singer bemoans the fact that he “knows this love is wrong” yet can’t let go of his obsession with his lover. The song perfectly encapsulates the bittersweetness of a relationship doomed to fail, yet making the most of the time spent together.
“Wicked Game” became one of Chris Isaak’s signature songs and enjoyed considerable acclaim. It was featured in David Lynch’s movie “Wild at Heart” and has been covered by artists such as HIM, The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, and Parra for Cuva featuring Anna Naklab. The song was also used in an episode of the TV series, “The O.C.”, as well as in a number of major films and TV series, such as “Gone Girl”, “True Detective” and “Fifty Shades of Grey”.
The song received a Grammy nomination in 1992 for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. It placed at number ten on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time” and at number 16 on Billboard’s list of “The 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s”.
The classic song has been widely recognized and praised for its unique sound and compelling lyrics. “Wicked Game” has been awarded the following accolades:
- MTV Video Music Award for Best International Video (1993)
- ASCAP Pop Song Award for Most Performed Song (1997)
- Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee (2019)
In summary, the classic song, “Wicked Game”, was written by Chris Isaak and released in 1989. It has achieved great success, receiving a number of awards and accolades, and making its way into popular culture through various films and TV series.