LAist Interview: Chris Isaak - 'The Chris Isaak Hour' & 'Mr. Lucky'
We've been fans of Chris Isaak since we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and saw him playing the songs that would be on his second album, "Chris Isaak", released in 1986. Then came Isaak's massive success on MTV with the video for "Wicked Game" and his musical contributions to the films, "Wild At Heart", "True Romance", and "Eyes Wide Shut".Isaak began branching into acting, with cameos and supporting roles in Married to the Mob (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Little Buddha (1993), That Thing You Do! (1996). He has also been a correspondent for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Extra".
In 2001, "The Chris Isaak Show" made its premiere on Showtime. This very funny show ran until 2004 and featured one of our favorite San Francisco hangouts, Bimbo's 365 Club, as kind of the HQ for Isaak and members of his band.
Last Thursday, the Biography Channel premiered "The Chris Isaak Hour" with special guest Trisha Yearwood. The show will feature interviews and discussions with the musicians, as well as live performances with Isaak sitting in. Additional guests this season will include Stevie Nicks, Smashing Pumpkins, Chicago, Glen Campbell, Michael Buble and Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens). "The Chris Isaak Hour" is on the Bio Channel at 10:00pm on Thursdays.
We had the chance to talk to the very busy Chris Isaak, who was about to depart to Australia, about his new show and his new album, Mr. Lucky, which was also released last week.
To hear the complete interview with Chris Isaak, listen below:
LAist: We wanted to talk to you about your new show, we've been looking forward to it since we first heard about it a few months ago.
Chris Isaak: So I can expect in the next weeks for children to pelt me with candy and for adults to greet me with derisive laughter, more than usual?
LAist: Your arrival into every town should be greeted with parades and keys to the city.
Chris Isaak: I came from a small town, and they had a "Chris Isaak Day", and they actually had the Mayor came out on the steps of the old civic hall, and I was looking around for Barney because it was so like "Andy Griffith Comes Home".