The Musak at work is weird. It seems to be pretty evenly split between MOR-pop junk that I avoid on the radio, classic rock and indie stuff. That third, well, third of the bunch is what I'm mostly into, and I have discovered and rediscovered several artists and bands thanks to the piped-in wonders of the shopping masses.
I've Twittered about a few of the odd choices that I love, including Doves, Sufjan Stevens and Republic of Tigers. It's the little things like song selection that can make the day that much better.
Now the Musak has started playing the unmistakable voice of Chris Isaak on a semi-regular basis. The song in question is "We Let Her Down" from his latest album, Mr. Lucky. After hearing it a few times in passing, I finally had the time to track it down.
I've been a Chris Isaak fan for years, ever since I first heard "Wicked Game" way back in middle school, but no song has really caught my attention like "We Let Her Down." Lyrically dark and melancholic in nature, it would fit in well with the story-songs of acts like Cracker and the Drive-By Truckers, but no other voice could break the heart quite like Chris Isaaks' own channeling of Roy Orbison.
Oh, and I totally envy his hair, too.