This article is about the song. For the Chris Isaak album, see Wicked Game (Chris Isaak album). For Il Divo album, see Wicked Game (Il Divo album). For Gemma Hayes single, see Wicked Game (Gemma Hayes song). "Wicked Game" is a song by American rock musician Chris Isaak, released from his third studio album Heart Shaped World (1989). Despite being released as a single in 1990, it did not become a hit until it was later featured in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart (1990). Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director who loved David Lynch films, began playing the song and it quickly became a nationwide top ten hit in January 1991, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the first hit song of his career. Composition: The song is written in the mode of B Dorian and it is a ballad about unrequited love, performed in what Allmusic describes as a "brooding, sorrowfully conflicted" tone. Through several years, many different versions and arrangements of the song were made before the final version was released. Both the bassline and drums (except the cymbals) were sampled from previous recordings of the song and then looped.James Calvin Wilsey played the distinctive lead guitar solo on the song. Music videos: There are two different music videos for this song. The most well-known music video of the song was directed by Herb Ritts, shot in Hawaii and featured top model Helena Christensen rolling and frolicking on the beach with Isaak. It was filmed in black and white. Christensen and Isaak were both topless through most of the video, although Christensen's nudity was concealed by clever camera angles. The video won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video, Best Cinematography and Best Video from a Film. The video was ranked #13 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos and was also ranked #4 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments. The video was ranked #73 on Rolling Stone magazine's "The 100 Top Music Videos". The video ranked #1 on Fuse's "40 Sexiest Videos" in 2010. A previous version of the video was commissioned for the Wild at Heart soundtrack, and was directed by David Lynch. Use in popular culture: The song was used in the 1989 film The Preppie Murder director by John Herzfeld, The song was used as a theme for supercouple Jack and Jennifer in the soap opera Days of our Lives., The song was used in the Brett Ratner film, The Family Man, the Ridley Scott film, Matchstick Men, and the David Lynch film, Wild at Heart; each starring Nicolas Cage., The song was used in two episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 "One Man and a Baby" from Season 1 and "Wildfire" from Season 2. It was also used in its spin-off 90210 in the season 3 episode "How Much Is That Liam in the Window"., The song was used in two episodes of Friends Season 2; "The One with the Prom Video" (2x14) and "The One Where Ross and Rachel...You Know" (2x15)., In Flight of the Conchords, the character Dave states that "Women like three things: Men in Kilts, Southern Comfort and Chris Isaak's Wicked Game.", The song was used in The Mentalist in the season 4 finale, "The Crimson Hat"., The song was used in the 1992 film Leaving Normal directed by Edward Zwick., The song has been used in the soap operas The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live and General Hospital., The master recording song was featured in Konami's rebooted version of their singing video game called Karaoke Revolution., The song was covered by South African singer Nicholis Louw in 2005., Singer Rebecca Ferguson covered it on the seventh season of The X Factor., The song was covered by Pink on her 2013 tour, The Truth About Love Tour., The song was covered by Phillip Phillips and is available on the deluxe edition of his debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon., John Pritchard auditioned with the song on series 2 of The Voice UK in 2013, and will.i.am turned his chair to become his coach., The song was covered by Emika and is available on her second album, Dva. Emika's cover was used in the fifth episode of The Blacklist, "The Courier"., A cover of the song by Coves was also used in 2013 in the trailers for the BBC TV series The White Queen., The song was used on episode 9 of series 3 of Top Gear at the beginning of the Chrysler Crossfire review., The Australian band Karnivool incorporated a portion of Wicked Game into an in-concert performance of their own song, "Lifelike", during the period 2005-2006., The song was used in the 2014 Revival of Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, and Vanessa Kirby, Track listings: CD maxi - Europe "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak, "Cool Cat Walk" by Angelo Badalamenti, "Dark Spanish Symphony" (string version) by Angelo Badalamenti -- 2:34, CD maxi - Promo - U.S. "Wicked Game" (album version) -- 4:46, "Wicked Game" (edit) -- 4:06, "Wicked Game" (instrumental) -- 4:48, Cassette "Wicked Game" (edit) -- 4:06, "Wicked Game" (instrumental) -- 4:48, 12" maxi - UK "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak, "Cool Cat Walk" by Angelo Badalamenti, "Dark Spanish Symphony" (string version) by Angelo Badalamenti -- 2:34, 7" single - Europe "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak -- 4:06, "Cool Cat Walk" by Angelo Badalamenti -- 3:22, Charts and certifications: Weekly charts: HIM cover version: The Finnish band HIM remade this song, first using it in their demo This Is Only the Beginning, then on their EP 666 Ways To Love: Prologue, followed by another recording of it on their first album Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666, and lastly on the British and American versions of their second album Razorblade Romance. The last recording they made of it then reappeared on their compilation album And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits 1997-2004. With "Wicked Game" on their EP and first album, HIM gained fame in their native Finland. HIM frontman Ville Valo had this to say about "Wicked Game": "I went to Pasila's library and borrowed the soundtrack-vinyl of Wild At Heart and recorded it on tape. So with Linde we tried to 'learn' the song from the tape. It was kind of funny, that we learnt the song a bit wrong. We did not hear the guitar parts well enough from that 'bad quality' tape. We also heard the lyrics wrong, and when the song was later recorded to our first EP, there were a few funny mistakes in the lyrics." Track listings: German release "Wicked Game" - 3:54, "For You" - 4:00, "Our Diabolikal Rapture" - 5:20, "Wicked Game" (666 Remix) - 3:58, Finnish release "Wicked Game", "For You", 2000 UK release "Wicked Game" - 3:36, "When Love and Death Embrace" (Amnt mix) - 3:34, "The Heartless" (Serdlidlim Mix) - 3:11, 2000 Swedish release "Wicked Game" 2000, "When Love and Death Embrace" (Amnt mix) - 3:34, Parra for Cuva cover version: In 2013, German house producer Parra for Cuva released a cover version that featured Anna Naklab. The single was retitled as "Wicked Games" in plural. It was released as a digital download in France in October 2013 and in Germany on 14 February 2014. The song has charted in Australia, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Track listing: "Wicked Games" (radio edit) - 3:15, "Wicked Games" (original mix) - 5:58, Charts: Chart (2013-14) Peak, position Australia (ARIA) 14 Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 15 Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 21 France (SNEP) 127 Germany (Media Control Charts) 89 Ireland (IRMA) 54 Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 6 Scotland (Official Charts Company) 4 UK Dance (Official Charts Company) 1 UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 6 Release history: Region Date Label Format France 14 October 2013 Spinnin' Records Digital download Germany 14 February 2014 Ireland 24 October 2014 United Kingdom 26 October 2014 Cover Version by Gemma Hayes: Singer song-writer Gemma Hayes recorded a version of the song. On February 16, 2012 Hayes revealed in an interview with Evening Echo's 'Downtown', she recorded a cover version of Wicked Game" for US Teen drama Pretty Little Liars, the song featured throughout her 2012 tour playlist. On 1 March 2012, gemmahayes.com confirmed her cover of "Wicked Game" would appear on Pretty Little Liars on 12 March and will be available to download as a single. The track was released after her fourth studio album Let It Break and before her fifth studio album release Bones+Longing. Cover by Marié Digby: On January 23rd, 2014 former Hollywood Records and current indie artist Marié Digby published her cover version of "Wicked Game" on her popular YouTube channel. Marié Digby gained acclaim from her work as a cover artist in 2007 and her version of Chris Isaak's song is earning rave reviews from fans enjoying the video. Marié noted on her YouTube page "This music video from the 90's is so iconic.....So I decided to do a simple one-take style piano cover" Chart position: In January 2012, Hayes was asked to record a cover version of Chris Isaak' 'Wicked Game' for US Teen drama 'Pretty Little Liars'. The track appeared on US TV in March 2012. The track was released on iTunes on 12 March 2012. The song performed well in the charts peaking at #5 in Canada, #4 in Ireland, #3 in France and #1 in Sweden. Other versions: An electronic cover of this song was recorded by The X Factor finalist Daniel Evans on his YouTube channel in 2013. He used scenes from the Terrence Malick film The Tree of Life feat. Jessica Chastain to create a video for this piano based/electronic version. There is also a slightly darker, alternative version with just Evans featuring dark flashbacks of emotion. This was subsequently released as the title track for his album of the same name., In 2012 Irish singer-songwriter Gemma Hayes was asked to record the track for US Teen drama series Pretty Little Liars. In 2014, a vocal house remix of this, alongside Betoko, appeared on Anjunabeats Volume 11., The German dance/techno-outfit Novaspace recorded a version of the song for their 2004 album Cubes., Heather Nova included a cover on her 2005 album Redbird., The gregorian chant -inspired music group Gregorian made a cover of the song for their album Masters of Chant Chapter III., R.E.M. included a cover of the song on their 1995 Fan Club Christmas Single., Corey Taylor of Stone Sour and Slipknot performed this song acoustic in Stone Sour's tours of 2006 and 2007. A live acoustic version of the song is on the special edition version of the Stone Sour album Come What(ever) May., Three Days Grace performed this song acoustic on the band's tour in 2007, and this version is available for download on the iTunes version of their album, One-X., Bossasonic made a cover of Wicked Game that was released in 2008., Tangerine Dream, in their 2010 album Under Cover - Chapter One., Jordan Winter covered this song for the promo for Emmerdale's Cain Dingle Judgment Day, Swedish pop singer Linda Pritchard released the song as a single in September/October 2011., Swiss All-Female band Les Reines Prochaines released a cover of the song on their album Le Coeur en Beurre-Doublegras under the name "opfer dieses liedes" (performed by Pipilotti Rist), Giant Drag covered the song on the album Hearts and Unicorns, James Vincent McMorrow covered the song on the album Early in the Morning, In 2011, the song was covered by Il Divo with the title "Melanconia"., Widowspeak covered the song on their EP "Gun Shy" released in 2011., Phillip Phillips released his rendition of the song on his 2012 album, The World from the Side of the Moon, Emika has included a version on her album, Dva., A cover of the song is included on Milk Inc. 2013 album, Undercover., London Grammar performed the song as an encore during their 2013 UK tour, as well as recording a live version for the BBC, In 2013 song was sung by Anton Belyaev in Russian version "The Voice", Emilie Simon, who had previously sung "Blue Hotel" as a duet with Isaak on French TV show Taratata, released a cover of this song on her sixth studio album Mue in 2014., Performances Irish musician Katie Kim recorded a version of the song in 2004., Australian musician Edward Guglielmino plays it as a cover at his live performances., American Rock band Daughtry perform a sample during Long Way on Leave This Town Tour in 2009 and 2010., Siobhan Magnus performed this song in the first round of the semi-finals on the ninth season of American Idol., Rebecca Ferguson performed it on the fourth live show of The X Factor series seven., Pink performed the song live during her 2013 tour, In August, 2013, Pledge Karma covered this song live on ABC Radio (Bangladesh)., American musician David Cook performed the song as part of his setlist during many of his 2013 and 2014 shows., British band Wolf Alice performed a cover of the song at Glastonbury Festival 2014 and several other sets during their 2014 tour., Various The video was parodied in the Bloodhound Gang video Screwing You on the Beach at Night., Trentemøller did a Dub remix of this song. It was never released but is available for download., Girls Aloud recorded the track but is currently unreleased., The song was used in a contemporary routine choreographed by Travis Wall on So You Think You Can Dance season 10, with Amy Yakima.