Chris Isaak released “Wicked Game” in 1989 and, 22 years later, the covers keep rolling in.
You might remember James Vincent McMorrow’s amazing cover a couple months back. This time around, buzzed-about “heavy-pop” band Wu Lyf decided to tackle the hit on stage at a concert in London, England. While Wu Lyf have remained relatively underground on a worldwide level, in the last year or so they have gained a tremendous following and their first album Go Tell Fire to the Mountain received a coveted “Best New Music” designation on Pitchfork. If you aren’t familiar with the term “heavy-pop,” Wu Lyf’s distinctive sound is basically the perfect mix between indie-pop and rock. In other words, something Chris Isaak’s music would most definitely never be compared too.
While the boys in Wu Lyf didn’t drastically change any of the melodies, there’s a distinct difference in the way lead singer Ellery James Roberts sings Isaak’s song. He hits the notes with an enticing desperation and it doesn’t hurt that some audience members seemed familiar enough with the song to sing along during the chorus. While there are obvious obstacles to covering a song live, Wu Lyf do a pretty great job of giving Isaak’s slow love song a bit of an “oomph” that it might have needed.
Wu Lyf – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak Cover)
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