Tuesday, July 9, 2024 – Wicked Game turns 35

A Meditation on Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" Released 35 Years Ago

Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

It’s a Wicked Game on the next Echoes. Chris Isaak‘s single, “Wicked Game,” was released 35 years ago. Released on July 14, 1989, it was a single from his album Heart Shaped World released the previous month. I have been intoxicated with this song since I first heard it in the David Lynch film, Wild at Heart, where they used the instrumental version. Lately. I’ve been hearing Echoes of “Wicked Game” all over the place including “A Reckoning” from Jeff Oster, Vin Downes and Tom Eaton’s Seven Conversations and Still Corners’ “Today is the Day” from Dream Talk. This sound has influenced pop music, ambient country and more. We’ll hear a meditations on “Wicked Game” from the original, to covers to outer reverberations and early influences including Mimi Page, Jess Lamb, Parra for Cuva, and Hermanos Gutierrez.  It’s on Echoes from PRX.

  2 comments for “Tuesday, July 9, 2024 – Wicked Game turns 35

  1. I can’t wait to listen to the program tonight and am sharing the details with friends in the hopes they’ll listen, too. Wonderful idea for an episode, John.

    P.S. I’ve been a big fan of your show since I was a teen. Thank you for your decades of service to your listeners and the music community!

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