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October 26, 2006

Chris Isaak

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Chris Isaak's music sometimes doesn't do much for me. But occasionally his easy-swinging, comic/soulful, super-smooth, po-mo-Elvis, dreamboat-crooner act snaps into enjoyable focus. Herewith my faves.

"Let Me Down Easy." Nice cyber-eye-candy -- and dig those cute go-go girls!:

"Somebody's Crying":

And, of course, the immortal "Laetitia Did a Bad, Bad Thing." The visuals count for, ahem, more than usual in the case of this particular performance:

Good lord, could there be a bigger Laetitia Casta fan than YouTube denizen "Terriblegallo"?



posted by Michael at October 26, 2006


Reminds me of Roy Orbison. But a better looking version.

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on October 26, 2006 4:24 PM

The musical likeness is no coincidence. He played as Orbison on the NBC mini-series "American Dreams" during one of their American Bandstand moments.

Posted by: Andrew Yen on October 26, 2006 4:54 PM

Isaak is really good at what he does, but it's an awfully narrow range. He is very funny in person and in interviews, and could easily make a career as an actor.

Posted by: the patriarch on October 26, 2006 5:11 PM

I never understood why he didn't have a bigger career. As a singer, maybe he is too much of a Roy Orbison clone to be a big name, but, still, being able to sing like Roy Orbison is not something that most people can come close to doing. Further, he's extremely handsome and extremely funny.

Posted by: Steve Sailer on October 26, 2006 5:37 PM

Isaak is really funny and charming in person.
I was lucky enough to see him at a small party thrown by Adobe a decade ago. He is "on" non-stop for many hours when on stage [and off-stage, as he walks through the audience during the show].

And he is an actor: his eponymous TV show has been on Showtime for a couple of years.

Posted by: Paul Worthington on October 27, 2006 1:46 PM

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