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This article is about the song. For the compilation album, see Wicked Game (album). "Wicked Game" Single by Chris Isaak from the album Heart Shaped World B-side "Wicked Game" (Instrumental) Released 1989 Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single, 12" maxi Genre Rockabilly Length 4:46 (album version) 4:06 (edit) Label Warner Brothers Writer(s) Chris Isaak Producer Erik Jacobsen Chris Isaak singles chronology "Don't Make Me Dream About You" (1989) "Wicked Game" (1989) "Blue Hotel" (re-release) (1991) "Wicked Game" is a 1989 song by Chris Isaak from his third studio album Heart Shaped World. It is written in the mode of B Dorian. Despite being released as a single in 1989, it did not 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 1991, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the only hit song of his career in the U.S. James Calvin Wilsey played the distinctive lead guitar solo on the song. Through several years, many different versions and arrangements of the song were made before the final version was released. Both the bassline and drums (except the cymbals) were sampled from previous recordings of the song and then looped.[1] Contents 1 Chris Isaak version 1.1 Music videos 1.2 Uses in popular culture 1.3 Track listings 1.4 Charts 1.4.1 Peak positions 1.4.2 End of year charts 1.4.3 Certifications 2 Cover versions 2.1 HIM cover 2.1.1 Track listings 2.2 Other versions 3 References Chris Isaak version Music videos The music video of the song was directed by Herb Ritts, shot in Hawaii and featured top model Helena Christensen rolling and frolicking on the beach with Isaak. It was filmed in black and white. Christensen was topless and Isaak was shirtless 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.[citation needed] 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.[2] 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 video ranked #1 on Fuse's "40 Sexiest Videos" in 2010. 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 the Brett Ratner film, The Family Man, and the Ridley Scott film, Matchstick Men; both starred Nicolas Cage. The song was used in 2 episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 "One Man and a Baby" from Season 1 and "Wildfire" from Season 2. It was also used in its spin-off, 90210 in the episode "How Much Is That Liam on the Window". The song was used in an episode of Melrose Place "Responsibly Yours" from Season 1. The song was used in two episodes The One with the Prom Video (2x14) and "The One Where Ross And Rachel...You Know" (2x15) from season 2 of Friends. 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. The song was used in the film wicked game during the opening credits. The song was also used in the soap opera The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, and General Hospital. In Flight of the Conchords the character Dave states that "Women like 3 things: Men in kilts, Southern Comfort, and Chris Isaak’s 'Wicked Game'." (season 2, episode 9) The master recording song was featured in Konami's rebooted version of their singing video game called "Karaoke Revolution". 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 Charts Peak positions Chart (1990/91) Peak position Australian ARIA Singles Chart[3] 15 Dutch Top 40[4] 5 French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 42 German Singles Chart[5] 9 Irish Singles Chart[6] 10 New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[3] 7 Swedish Singles Chart[3] 3 UK Singles Chart[7] 10 U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 6 U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 10 U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[8] 2 End of year charts End of year chart (1991) Position Dutch Top 40[4] 30 U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 79 Certifications Country Certification Date Sales certified U.S.[10] Gold April 17, 1991 500,000 Cover versions HIM cover "Wicked Game" Single by HIM from the album Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666 Released September 28, 1998 Format CD Single Genre Alternative metal Hard rock Length 3:54 Writer(s) Chris Isaak HIM singles chronology "Your Sweet Six Six Six" (1998) "Wicked Game" (1998) "When Love and Death Embrace" (1998) Alternative covers "Wicked Game" cover (Finnish version) 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 666 Ways To Love: Prologue, 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 did not 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.[11] Australian musician Edward Guglielmino plays it as a cover at his live performances. 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 Chapter 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 their MySpace site in 2006, and then on 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 album, 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.[12] 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". Aaron Lewis of Staind has done a cover version of this song on his solo acoustic tour. Bossasonic did a Bossa version for their album "Club Life". The video was parodied in the Bloodhound Gang video Screwing You on the Beach at Night. Courtney Jaye recorded a version for 2006 EP 'Til It Bleeds. Bassboosa (Tim Clarke and Jasmine Badir) covered "Wicked Game" on their self titled album (Bassboosa) released May 21, 2007. Les Reines Prochaines, an all-girl band from Switzerland, recorded an intense version with shouting included. Siobhan Magnus performed the song on the ninth season of American Idol during the top 24. Indie band Exlovers have done a cover version of the song. Minneapolis band Solid Gold performed the song during Daytrotter session Dayton rock band Sizter Machyne did a cover of the song, which appeared on their YouTube site in 2010. Faith No More has covered Wicked Game live. Tangerine Dream, in their 2010 album Under Cover - Chapter One. Trance duo Myon & Shane 54 have recorded a version which as of September 2010 has not been released. Rebecca Ferguson performed the song during halloween week on the seventh season of The X Factor. French woman singer Annabel recorded her version of "Wicked Game" on her second album BY MY SIDE, released in 2003 (Reference STUDIO MAG PAPR03-2GV). Brooklyn band Widowspeak released a cover version of "Wicked Game" on 21 June 2011 as the b-side to their single "Gun Shy." In a March 2, 2011 New York Press interview, singer/guitarist Molly Hamilton explains the influence for the cover: "'I was watching Wild at Heart and I realized, damn, I wish I had written that song.'" References ^ "Classic Tracks: Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game"". Mixonline.com. 2002-05-01. http://mixonline.com/recording/interviews/audio_chris_isaaks_wicked/. Retrieved 2011-05-22.  ^ Claire PITTARD. "US Screencaps - Wicked Game". Chrisisaak.online.fr. http://chrisisaak.online.fr/english/us-screencaps-wg.htm. Retrieved 2011-05-22.  ^ a b c d "Wicked Game", various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 23, 2008) ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1991" (in Dutch) (PDF). Top40. http://www.top40.nl/pdf/Top%20100/top%20100%20-%201991.pdf. Retrieved 13 April 2010.  ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved August 9, 2008) ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved February 23, 2008) ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved August 9, 2008) ^ a b c Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 9, 2008) ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". http://longboredsurfer.com/charts.php?year=1991. Retrieved 2009-09-15.  ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved August 9, 2008) ^ "VAST Concert Review 2-8-08"[dead link] ^ "Girls Aloud release Kaiser Chiefs cover". NME. October 6, 2006. Retrieved August 23, 2007. v · d · eChris Isaak Studio albums Silvertone · Chris Isaak · Heart Shaped World · San Francisco Days · Forever Blue · Baja Sessions · Speak of the Devil · Always Got Tonight · Christmas · Mr. Lucky Singles "Dancin'" · "Gone Ridin'" · "Livin' for Your Lover" · "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love" · "Blue Hotel" · "Lie to Me" · "Heart Full of Soul" · "Don't Make Me Dream About You" · "Wicked Game" · "Blue Spanish Sky" · "Can't Do A Thing (To Stop Me)" · "San Francisco Days" · "Solitary Man" · "Two Hearts" · "Dark Moon" · "Somebody's Crying" · "Go Walking Down There" · "Graduation Day" · "Think of Tomorrow" · "Flying" · "Please" · "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" · "Let Me Down Easy" · "One Day" · "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (with Stevie Nicks) · "King Without a Castle" · "Let's Have a Party" · "I Want You to Want Me" · "We Let Her Down" · "You Don't Cry Like I Do · "Breaking Apart" (with Trisha Yearwood) Compilation/Live albums Wicked Game · 3 for One · Best of Chris Isaak · Live in Australia · Live at the Fillmore Filmography Married to the Mob · The Silence of the Lambs · Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me · Little Buddha · Grace of My Heart · That Thing You Do! · Blue Ridge Fall · A Dirty Shame · The Informers Television The Chris Isaak Show · The Chris Isaak Hour Discography Chris Isaak discography v · d · eHIM Ville Valo · Linde · Migé · Emerson Burton · Gas Lipstick Antto Melasniemi · Jussi-Mikko "Juska" Salminen · Juhana Tuomas "Pätkä" Rantala Discography Studio albums Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666 · Razorblade Romance · Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights · Love Metal · Dark Light · Venus Doom · Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice EPs and demos Witches and Other Night Fears · This Is Only the Beginning · 666 Ways to Love: Prologue Compilation albums and box sets The Single Collection · And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits 1997–2004 · Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666/Razorblade Romance/Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights · Uneasy Listening Vol. 1 · Uneasy Listening Vol. 2 · Uneasy Listening Vol. 1 & 2  · SWRMXS DVD's The Video Collection: 1997–2003 · And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits 1997–2004 · Love Metal Archives Vol. I · Digital Versatile Doom Singles "Your Sweet Six Six Six" · "Wicked Game" · "When Love and Death Embrace" · "It's All Tears (Drown in This Love)" · "Join Me in Death" · "Right Here in My Arms" · "Poison Girl" · "Gone With the Sin" · "Pretending" · "In Joy and Sorrow" · "Heartache Every Moment"/"Close to the Flame" · "The Funeral of Hearts" · "Buried Alive By Love" · "The Sacrament" · "Solitary Man" · "And Love Said No" · "Wings of a Butterfly" · "Vampire Heart" · "Killing Loneliness" · "The Kiss of Dawn" · "Bleed Well" · "Heartkiller" · "Scared to Death"