CI: I heard a song, it's called "Somebody Stole My Brand New Santa Suit." Have you heard that song?It's sort of by a jug band, and that's the whole story.
I went, "I want that chanting sound I've heard on Hawaiian records, but I don't want to just make up words," because that's as bad as the old movies where the natives are just making up gibberish. I was laying in bed with my wife, we were watching TV and we were watching you do an interview, and my wife said, 'That guy's a nice guy.
So I said, "I can't just make it up," and I don't know anybody who speaks the Hawaiian language, so I went out and got a Hawaiian dictionary and I looked up words that were "red" and "green" and I looked up all these different Christmas words to see which words had the right amount of syllables and I put them in there. I think he's probably smart.'" Larry said, "Yeah, he does seem really smart." On the interview, they said, "Chris, what are you trying to do? He did records in the fifties, he was kind of a jazz-speaking comedian.
Every time I meet him I introduce myself like, "Hi, I'm Chris Isaak, I'm a singer," because I'm nobody to him. I always introduce myself because he probably meets so many people and I don't want him to have to do what I do sometimes. The last time we talked she was sick." I felt so happy. I guess I'm lucky that I didn't have to sing with my brother my whole life. I remember my manager saying, "That's enough." She said, "If you write one Christmas song that's plenty for an album." I said, "I wrote five" and she said, "Nobody writes five Christmas songs!
People come up and go, "Bet you don't remember me," and then you're kind of on the spot, right? The last time I introduced myself, he looked at me and he said, "Chris. He's such a nice guy because he remembered me and he remembered my mom. CI: Why is it that the state of California can add a tax to me with no problem, they can just take my money and force me to run with it, and they can do that to anybody? Why can't we make a law that forces The Everly Brothers to perform again? The state of California should pay them top price, we'll give them what they want. Those guys have done it since they were kids, so maybe they went, "Hey, we did it enough."MR: Well, they're famous for one particular breakup, that's for sure. You're nuts."CI: [laughs] I've got plenty of other Christmas songs I'd like to cut, I've got a new album.
I like Christmas songs that have that tough edge too because I think somebody said one time, "Christmas is one of the toughest times of the year because if you're not with Bing Crosby and your family having a turkey, then you feel like a tramp standing out in the cold looking in through the window at the family having a turkey. That's why I wrote "Christmas On TV," What could be worse?
Watching your ex-girlfriend or wife and she's in her house with his car parked out front and they're having Christmas.When you look at the acts they influenced, you get Simon & Garfunkel, you get The Hollies, you get some of the best vocal duos of all time. Right now, I drive around and I've got four CDs that I made of compilations of new songs that I'm working on.I have four CDs of new songs and I'm trying to pick out of those the ones that I want to turn into real songs for the album.The cool thing is I go back and I have a nephew and a great nephew, so I'm able to buy toys for them. It's a full Santa suit with gloves and things that clip onto your shoes to make them look like black boots with belts, the whole deal. I put the pillow under the suit and the beard, and I walked into the house and everybody's standing around and I'm thinking "They're going to look at me like, 'What a jerk, here comes Chris in a Santa suit.'" I'm kind of halfway into it and I look across the house and my little great nephew looks at me and you just see him gasp, he can't even breathe because he's seeing Santa Claus. 2013-12-10 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater 2013-12-13 Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre 2013-12-14 Kent, OH - The Kent Stage 2013-12-16 Charlotte, NC - Knight Theatre 2013-12-17 Durham, NC - The Carolina Theatre 2013-12-20 West Palm Beach, FL - Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 2013-12-22 St.It's not like "There's a guy in a cheap suit," or "There's my great uncle," it's like, "There's Santa," and I was like, "Okay, I've got to get into this." I walk in and I say, "I'm here to give out toys and I hear there's a good little boy here? " and I went, "Yep, as long as there's kids there's going to be Christmas."CI: Get in a band and play every dive and honky-tonk you can find because not only will it teach you how to tune your guitar and put on a show, but you're going to have a ball. Petersburg, FL - The Mahaffey 2013-12-27 Rancho Mirage, CA - Agua Caliente Casino 2013-12-28 Sparks, NV - The Rose Ballroom at The Nugget"The initial concept for the 'Baby I'm Broken' video was simply, "let's shoot anywhere but the living room!Nobody talks because they're stuffing it in their face as fast as they can and looking at other people thinking, "I wish you'd die so I can eat your portion." She's such a good cook, so come the holidays, we all go back and hang out with her. It's a little bit sad because he's not there, but it's great to see the rest of my family.