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I was getting all the stuff that people were throwing away so I was always 20 years behind.
It was only when I heard the Sun stuff that I had this 'wow’ moment that everyone in America must have had back in the Fifties. I couldn’t take my guitar and, with the two or three chords I knew, sound like Fleetwood Mac. It completed everything that I had listened to before.” With his long-term band, Isaak went back to the original Memphis studios where Phillips had patiently coaxed those extraordinary flashes of genius from his aspiring stars.” Indeed, with his retro look, many people have accused Isaak from the earliest days of his career of being a Fifties throwback, a charge he hotly denies.“There was a misconception about me when I started off because I had my hair greased up and I have some vague resemblance to the hillbilly gene pool that Elvis came from.Growing up near San Francisco in a family that had little money, Isaak bought his records and clothes from charity shops.“I played these scratchy records on this scratchy old record player.You were in the same space where Howlin’ Wolf and BB King and Elvis had been.
Or Carl Perkins, sat at the piano, scared he was going to get sent back to the chicken farm.
It allows him to tackle the big guns – Ring of Fire, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Great Balls of Fire – without tipping over into karaoke, but, more brilliantly, he resurrects some of the many one-hit wonders and lost gems that also came out of the febrile atmosphere of Phillip’s studio.
Hollering out the album highlight, Jimmy Wages’ Miss Pearl, with an unhinged, raw-voiced passion, Isaak is unrecognisable from his usual hushed croon. My bandmate said he had never heard me sing like that.
I can sing loud if I want to, I just don’t usually step on the gas. Everyone was just bouncing along on the same rhythm.” While he never replicated his Eighties success in Europe, in America he has remained more of a star, and after the film roles – in Bertolucci’s Little Buddha and The Silence of the Lambs among others – had dried up, diversified into becoming a TV show presenter.
Like Bruce Springsteen, Isaak is a proudly blue-collar rock and roller, touring constantly, eschewing drugs, still living close to his parents, and saving his money.
When I ask him why a new generation of musicians, from Lana del Rey to British Mercury winners the xx are tapping back into his haunting Wicked Games sound, he is reluctant to get into self-examination.