His songs generally focus on the themes of love, loss and heartbreak.With a career spanning four decades, he has amassed a total of twelve studio albums, and has accumulated numerous award nominations and tours. He is best known for his hit "Wicked Game," as well as the popular hit songs "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" and "Somebody's Crying." He is renowned for his signature 1950s rock & roll style and crooner sound, as well as his soaring falsetto and reverb-laden music.He is closely associated with film director David Lynch, who has used his music in numerous films and gave him a large role in the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.Jacobsen is known for his production work with The Lovin' Spoonful, and solo albums from Spoonful's John Sebastian and Jerry Yester.
At the end of this record you can hear Isaak thanking the French Rock'n'Roll star as "The King." Isaak collaborated with John Shanks for his 2009 album Mr. He contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" for a tribute album, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released in September 2011.His track "Two Hearts" was featured in the closing credits of the 1993 film True Romance, directed by Tony Scott, written by Quentin Tarantino, and starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette.Isaak's producer, Erik Jacobsen, was instrumental in his sound for 15 years.In an interview with Mark Needham, an engineer who worked with Isaak on "Wicked Game," Needham claimed that it took several years to put the track together. In 2001, Isaak starred in his own television show, The Chris Isaak Show.In 1999, Isaak's "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" was featured in Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut. The music video for the song is directed by Herb Ritts, it was shot in color and featured Isaak and French supermodel Laetitia Casta in a motel room. It aired from March 2001 to March 2004 in the United States on the cable television network Showtime.In 1995, Isaak split with longtime guitarist James Calvin Wilsey.