Wicked Game is one of those songs that’s like, honestly… it’s pure sex. Chris Isaak did a terrific song, and I never get tired of listening to it.
Obviously a song this good tends to get covered, and Wicked Game is no exception. The cover I’m going to single out is HIM’s, because well, they rock.
However, it is quite a different-sounding song, with faster and heavier riffs, and far less subtlety than the original version.
Their music videos are similarly dissimilar, with the original going with a more subdued concept of Chris Isaak and Helena Christensen rolling around on the beach. She’s topless most of the time, but tight framing and editing ensures that it’s only ever suggested-nudity, with no full frontal nudity at all.
The HIM version has no such subtlety, and has lead singer Ville Valo hitting up a strip joint where a large breasted dancer is pretty much just flashing her stuff for everyone.
So which do you prefer? I’ve got both versions below.
Bonus entry: Heather Nova
Heather Nova has a nice cover too, actually. But it actually sounds pretty much like the original, except with her voice instead of Chris Isaak’s, so it’s not a good choice for a “versus” kinda post.