Similar to "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak?

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Could anyone recommend any similar sounding stuff for me, old or new, the only thing i can think of is a few cowboy junkies tracks (Blue moon revisited, Sweet Jane). I'm thinking there must be some recent-ish american indie bands that may be similar?

rebop, Sunday, 24 February 2008 22:38 (thirteen years ago) link

smog? mark lanegan? there's lots of langorous guitar picking brushed drums stuff, but hey there's only one "Wicked Game".

wanko ergo sum, Sunday, 24 February 2008 22:47 (thirteen years ago) link

C60: Vaguely Creepy Lynchian Nostalgia

Curt1s Stephens, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Thanks for the recommendations, but, they're not really what i'm looking for. Maybe something a bit more old sounding and a bit Lynchian. Some Dan Hicks stuff has these qualities, but maybe you're right, there's only one "Wicked Game"

rebop, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Interesting thread, some suicide stuff fits into what i'm thinking of, but maybe a bit less terrifying.

rebop, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes! Bobby Gentry "Ode To Billie Joe" is getting there, forgot about that one.

rebop, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:22 (thirteen years ago) link

How was Roy Orbison not the first post?

Hurting 2, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Richard Hawley (but I consider his recent stuff light-years better than Chris Isaak's singles).

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Hmmm, i don't know. I think i'm thinking of female artists a bit more for some reason, maybe i should have started a thread asking for similar stuff to the Cowboy Junkies. But any input is appreciated.

rebop, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:36 (thirteen years ago) link

i don't know if i'm getting it, but "falling" by julee cruise, "constant craving" by kd lang..

electricsound, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:39 (thirteen years ago) link

scott seward, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Who is that? And, yes, Julee Cruise, thanks.

rebop, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:44 (thirteen years ago) link

"constant craving" by kd lang..


chaki, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:46 (thirteen years ago) link

"constant craving" by kd lang..

Yes, thanks, wasn't sure which one that was.

rebop, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:50 (thirteen years ago) link

"Fade Into You" by the 'Star, surely?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 24 February 2008 23:58 (thirteen years ago) link

"Who is that?"

scott seward, Monday, 25 February 2008 00:08 (thirteen years ago) link

probably not what you're looking for but: 'bicycle spaniard' and 'big dipper' by cracker

omar little, Monday, 25 February 2008 00:51 (thirteen years ago) link

this definitely:

Curt1s Stephens, Monday, 25 February 2008 00:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Harlan T Bobo - "One of These Days". A lot of his other ballads too. More the first record than the second.

bendy, Monday, 25 February 2008 02:40 (thirteen years ago) link

'pablo and andrea' by yo la tengo

electricsound, Monday, 25 February 2008 02:41 (thirteen years ago) link

red house painters? i think maybe i'm not getting it.

wanko ergo sum, Monday, 25 February 2008 02:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Carol by The Reigning Sound

Billy Pilgrim, Monday, 25 February 2008 03:08 (thirteen years ago) link

"Deep Red Bells" by Neko Case. A few tracks on "Blacklisted" give me this vibe, actually.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 25 February 2008 11:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Deep Red Bells seconded with vim.


even Jim White a bit.

CharlieNo4, Monday, 25 February 2008 12:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Some of the darker Gram Parsons stuff maybe. Such as "Hot Burrito #1".

Geir Hongro, Monday, 25 February 2008 12:47 (thirteen years ago) link

And how about Lloyd Cole and Grant Lee Buffalo?

Geir Hongro, Monday, 25 February 2008 12:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Paula Frazer, especially her songs on the first Tarnation record.
Mark Eitzel/American Music Club: "Highway 5" and "Last Harbor" among many others.

dad a, Monday, 25 February 2008 15:31 (thirteen years ago) link

I think "Flowers in December" is the better Mazzy Star song for this category.

Michael J. Sheehy's "Dark Country Moment" is another good one.

Tindersticks are a great suggestion as well, "My Sister" is a favorite though other songs probably have more of a country vibe.

Early Red House Painters certainly fits ... "24" perhaps?

Good call on American Music Club, they have many songs that fit like "Western Sky" or "Why Won't You Stay"

That first Tarnation record is a great call as well.

zaxxon25, Monday, 25 February 2008 15:39 (thirteen years ago) link


m0stlyClean, Monday, 25 February 2008 16:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Late stuff by And Also the Trees

baaderonixx, Monday, 25 February 2008 16:51 (thirteen years ago) link

does anyone remember this album?

the goth cowboy thing was all the rage for a second there.

scott seward, Monday, 25 February 2008 17:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Great stuff, thanks for all the suggestions, i'm trying to check out all of them. Mazzy Star definately fit the bill. I'm looking for stuff that's, dare i say it - a bit "sexy" if you know what i mean.

rebop, Monday, 25 February 2008 17:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes, good suggestion re. Bonney. I think Crime and the City Solution would fit even better, altho they had some post-punk grit that doesn't fit with Isaak.

baaderonixx, Monday, 25 February 2008 17:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Sarah Coleman/Ladytown has this great song called "Aint Never Win" that fits the bill. Worth buying for a buck as an iTunes song. CD here: url=

Oh! Oh! Oh! Kendra Smith's "Valley of the Morning Sun".

Half of Mary Margaret O'Hara's Miss America.

Some Lisa Germano, maybe?

Half of Emmylou Harris's Wrecking Ball.

Most of Calexico.

Half of Lucinda Williams's Essence and World Without Tears

Eazy, Monday, 25 February 2008 17:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Wow, "Crime and the City Solution" i only know them from the two songs from 'Wings of desire'. I just thought of Joan As Policewoman, but only one or two songs, 'Christobel' kind of fits. Thanks even more!

rebop, Monday, 25 February 2008 17:20 (thirteen years ago) link

what about that popcorn ad w/ "Wicked Game" soundalike music that Isaak filed a lawsuit over?

Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 25 February 2008 17:36 (thirteen years ago) link

what about quickspace? I know its not a usual association, but tracks like 'goodbye precious mountain' has that same - uh, slightly dreamlike guitar.. not got the vocal crooning though. What about Mazzy Star come to think of it?

Sandy Blair, Monday, 25 February 2008 23:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Carol by The Reigning Sound

their version of "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)" off the first lp definitely.

will, Monday, 25 February 2008 23:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Try some Jesse Sykes from Reckless Burning or Oh, My Girl.

This audio-only track on YouTube will give you the flavor:
You Are Not Gotten Here

that's not my post, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 05:51 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Shearwater "Palo Santo" (I think so at least)

matinee, Friday, 4 April 2008 00:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Palo Santo is a little on the dark/eccentric side for the comparison to work, but it is a really great album.

Simon H., Friday, 4 April 2008 00:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, title track in particular, when he starts to get into the crooning is a close match to Isaak's "AH ooooo", similar mood as well IMO

matinee, Friday, 4 April 2008 00:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Early Morning by A-ha. Lock Thread.

CarlosDP, Friday, 4 April 2008 02:42 (thirteen years ago) link

The most Lynchian stuff I've ever heard that hasn't actually been used on one of his soundtracks (yet) is that album Black Earth by Bohren and Der Club of Gore (Ipecac).

Nate Carson, Saturday, 5 April 2008 23:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Search: Jody Reynolds, monster of mood-a-billy. "Endless Sleep" is well nigh definitive.

As is Kris Jensen's "Torture".

briania, Sunday, 6 April 2008 00:12 (thirteen years ago) link

"Blue Moods Of Spain" Spain...Josh Haden is a genius

sonnyboy, Sunday, 6 April 2008 07:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Jimmy Wilsey -- El Dorado

Wilsey was in Isaak's backing band Silvertone and played guitar on "Wicked Game." Before that he was in the Avengers, and most recently has played with Miss Derringer, a pretty kick-ass LA band. His first solo album, El Dorado, was released earlier this year on Lakeshore. It's all instrumentals, all in the "Wicked Game" vein, and quite good.

deusner, Monday, 7 April 2008 16:43 (thirteen years ago) link

four months pass...

Milk And Honey - Jackson C Frank

I know, right?, Sunday, 17 August 2008 13:27 (thirteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

I hate this fucking song. I heard it today and fuck it

hopefully this review helped someone (Neanderthal), Monday, 27 December 2021 22:14 (three weeks ago) link

lol this is my karaoke fave

Khafre's clown (Noodle Vague), Monday, 27 December 2021 22:27 (three weeks ago) link

I love Chris Isaak.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 27 December 2021 22:29 (three weeks ago) link

Man I forgot all about Neko Case til seeing her mentioned here. Several years ago there was a glitch in iTunes where it wouldn't let me add anything on Blacklisted to my library, causing her to be absent from all my playlsits and whatnot. Tried adding it again just now and the glitch is still there! Wtf

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 27 December 2021 23:07 (three weeks ago) link

it's been blacklisted, iirc

Texas Medicine v. Railroad Gin (morrisp), Monday, 27 December 2021 23:21 (three weeks ago) link


A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 27 December 2021 23:23 (three weeks ago) link

I can't imagine hating this song, my lounge obsession is partially searching for Twin Peaks/twilight Zone sounds and the lonely desert vibes of Wicked Games.

JacobSanders, Tuesday, 28 December 2021 00:36 (three weeks ago) link
Friends of Dean Martinez

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 02:14 (three weeks ago) link

Ry Cooder

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 02:14 (three weeks ago) link

Jose González from Red Dead Redemption soundtrack

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 02:17 (three weeks ago) link

All of those need some steel guitar imo

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 02:20 (three weeks ago) link

i love this song and chris isaak!

the jerkcurb album from a couple years ago reminded me a lot of what i love in chris isaak's music. this was the highlight of the album for me, but thd whole thing is solid:


please don't refer to me as (Austin), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 02:34 (three weeks ago) link

Ooh that's nice

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 02:46 (three weeks ago) link

Dope Lemon

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 02:46 (three weeks ago) link

I would have sworn I contributed Friends of Dean Martinez to this thread years ago, good call.

Blue Hawaiians - “A Cheat”

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 03:06 (three weeks ago) link

This may be too obvious to mention, but some of Lana Del Rey’s recent stuff sounds like she literally wrote it right after listening to this song (which I understand she’s also covered).

Texas Medicine v. Railroad Gin (morrisp), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 03:19 (three weeks ago) link

I think it's the ur-text of her songwriting and persona.

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 03:32 (three weeks ago) link

Khafre's clown (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 29 December 2021 08:59 (three weeks ago) link

this is so similar...erm.. ok, it's the same song

Wicked Game - Lakshmi

Swanswans, Wednesday, 29 December 2021 09:48 (three weeks ago) link

Huh, no mention of this yet in the thread?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 29 December 2021 15:14 (three weeks ago) link

'The Crow' by Hurts:

Valentijn, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 14:09 (one week ago) link

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 15:53 (one week ago) link

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