Wicked Game

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It is impossible to have any blog featuring Renault Bears without featuring Wicked Game – it has kind of become their unofficial theme song. As soon as Dave gave me the job of Musical Correspondent to Jammy Toast I have been inundated with requests to feature this song. It is a 1989 song by Chris Isaak from his album Heart Shaped World. Funnily enough, despite being released as a single in 1989, it did not become a hit until it was later featured in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart (1990).

The music video released for the song was directed by Herb Ritts and was shot in Hawaii featuring top model Helena Christensen rolling and frolicking on the beach with Chris. It was filmed in black and white – Renault Bears favourite colours – with Helena topless throughout, although clever camera angles concealed any actual nudity. The video won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video, Best Cinematography and Best Video from a Film.

The video has been ranked #13 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Videos and was also ranked #4 on VH1’s 50 Sexiest Video Moments. The video ranked #1 on Fuse’s 40 Sexiest Videos in 2010 and I don’t think we can think of a sexier music video so it probably goes down as the bear’s sexiest video ever.

According to the character Dave in the film Flight of the Conchords; “Women like three things: Men in Kilts, Southern Comfort and Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game.” I pretty much second that motion except let’s forget about the men in kilts!

Although the original version of the film is excellent, our favourite version is of Chris in a sound studio rehearsing with his band. The relaxed atmosphere of the studio signs through and gives a real laid back version.

We all love it!

Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

Chris Isaak – Wicked Game


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Flat Eric is a star of Levi’s commercials for Sta-Prest One Crease Denim Clothing. His name comes from an idea for a commercial that included having a car run over his head and flattening it. The idea was not used but the name stuck. Flat Eric rides with his friend Angel around California, evading the police as a wanted criminal.


16 Comments on “Wicked Game”

  1. I bet he laughed his way to the bank while dating that gorgeous Danish supermodel whose name I have forgotten… and that was from a time when supermodels had great bodies instead of the skinny bags of bones we have nowadays..

  2. I was so jealous of Chris Isaak when the original video for this song came out. I thought Helena Christensen was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. She is still gorgeous today at 45.

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