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Served Three Ways: Three Covers of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”

Presuming you heart isn’t a shriveled, cold, desolate organ feeding on darkness, you probably love Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” No need, to get all “How did you know!?!” on me. It’s because I presume you are a normal human being – and that song is like crack for the mushy, romantic parts of the human brain. This is the same part of your brain that loves puppies, red wine and makes you get all teary-eyed at the cheesy parts of movies. And if you needed proof that your favorite musicians are as normal as the rest of us, you need look no further than the number of covers of the song that have proliferated across the Internets in the past few months. I found three worth mentioning, and I’m sharing them below. What I’d like to hear from you is this: of the three, which is your favorite? Don’t worry, this isn’t a trick. All three are awesome and I’ll have your back no matter which one you choose.

James Vincent McMorrow – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak Cover)
Washed Out – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak Cover)
Widowspeak – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak Cover)

P.S. “Served Three Ways” will probably be an ongoing series around here. I hope you like it.

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • ejb414

    I love this song! However, from what I can tell, only the last link works correctly.

  • They are all coming up ok on my end. Anyone else having problems?

  • Brian

    I’m surprised there isn’t yet a band that has adopted Wicked Games as a moniker or a rapper going by Wicked Game.


  • Randimont

    I really liked the Willowspeak version! Thanks for the introduction.

  • Ann

    The Washed Out link plays Widowspeak when I click on it.

  • Ann

    Actually, every link is playing Widowspeak…

  • Mike West

    Great idea for a series of posts (and great music). Keep this going!

  • Cxpinto

    I just wanted to point out another great cover of that song

  • Thanks Ann. I’m not sure what the problem is. It works fine for me, but you aren’t the first reader to notice issues using exfm. I’ve contacted exfm and have asked them to investigate the issue. Can you tell me which browser you are using? It might help them fix it. If they can’t correct the problem I’ll revert back to the only player.

  • guest
  • Beautiful vocals. Thanks for sharing!

  • Surfboyslippy

    I was sure you’d list this cover by Giant Drag. It’s got an edge. enjoy.


    Here is my version of the song. It is ambient edit with a lot of reverb and two solos with different sound.

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