No, I’m not talk­ing about the Who song from Quadrophe­nia (though it’s a fine tune), I’m talk­ing about the song by Chris Isaak. No, I’m not talk­ing about Wicked Game ei­ther, which I may fea­ture here some day. I’m talk­ing about Chris’ 5:15, one of the sev­er­al ex­cel­lent songs on San Fran­cis­co Days, one of the sev­er­al ex­cel­lent al­bums Mr Isaak has re­leased.

San Franscisco Days by Chris Isaak

Chris even had a TV show for a while, which was fun­ny and, be­cause Chris is fun­ny, gen­er­al­ly a good en­ter­tain­er.

Chris plays an en­joy­able gui­tar, with a big re­laxed slow twang, but he’s most­ly about the song­writ­ing, and singing with one of the tru­ly gold­en voic­es. Which is fea­tured here, against a grace­ful ur­gent swing from the band, with some aw­ful­ly nice Ham­mond or­gan and a bit of tasty gui­tar ob­bli­ga­to. I like it that this song is high-intensity with­out ev­er get­ting loud or fast or sharp-edged. Plus, it has a super-satisfying end­ing.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy iTunes, Ama­zon. Sad­ly, I couldn’t find any live video.

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