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Chris Isaak

Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, March 1991

CHRIS ISAAK IS almost too perfect a package. With his iconic, Elvis-meets-Jimmy Dean looks immortalised on an album cover by Bruce Weber, he is a walking retro wet dream, complete with authentic 1964 Gretsch guitar. The difference, as David Lynch knew when he picked Chris Isaak songs like ‘Blue Hotel’ and ‘Wicked Game’ for the soundtracks to Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart, is that genuine musical substance lurks behind the perfect monochrome image.

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