Silvertone (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 10, 1985 (1985-01-10)
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerErik Jacobsen
Chris Isaak chronology
Chris Isaak
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[3]
The Village VoiceB[5]

Silvertone is the debut album by American musician Chris Isaak, released in 1985, and named after his three-piece backup band, though only one of the members actually appears on the album. The US edition includes the song "Another Idea" as track 13 and early CD editions of the album utilized CD+G technology. The album sold poorly in the US but became a minor hit in Australia, peaking at #77 in June 1986.[6]

Tracks in popular culture[edit]

The album was not a hit until the song "Gone Ridin'" was featured in the 1986 David Lynch film Blue Velvet, the first of many Isaak/Lynch collaborations, though the song had previously appeared on the soundtrack to the film American Flyers the year before. "Livin’ for Your Lover" is also featured in the former. "Dancin'" appeared in the film Modern Girls released the same year, but wasn't included on the soundtrack. It also appeared in the season 2 episode of Miami Vice 'Payback'. "Gone Ridin'" was used in the 1987 comedy Morgan Stewart's Coming Home. Two songs from this album were played on the Fox's long running teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 including "Gone Ridin'", which was played in the Season 2 episode "Pass, Not Pass"; and "Dancin'" which was played in the Season 3 episode "Castles in the Sand".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Isaak.

  1. "Dancin'" – 3:44
  2. "Talk to Me" – 3:04
  3. "Livin' for Your Lover" – 2:56
  4. "Back on Your Side" – 3:14
  5. "Voodoo" – 2:44
  6. "Funeral in the Rain" – 3:18
  7. "The Lonely Ones" – 3:12
  8. "Unhappiness" – 3:10
  9. "Tears" – 2:44
  10. "Gone Ridin'" – 2:36
  11. "Pretty Girls Don't Cry" – 2:24
  12. "Western Stars" – 3:12
  13. "Another Idea" – 2:53 (U.S. edition only)


  • Produced by Erik Jacobsen
  • Engineered by Tom Mallon, Mark Needham, Lee Herschberg, Dave Carlson, Pat Craig
  • Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders
  • Michael Zagaris - inner booklet photography
  • Rick Lopez - front cover photography


Chart (1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 77


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States 147,000[7]


  1. ^ Gettelman, Parry (July 9, 1989). "Chris Isaak". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Silvertone – Chris Isaak". AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Coleman, Mark (1992). "Chris Isaak". In DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly (eds.). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. p. 346. ISBN 0-679-73729-4.
  4. ^ Smith, Sue (January 1992). "Chris Isaak: Silvertone / Chris Isaak / Heart Shaped World". Select. No. 19. p. 82.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 11, 1986). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 150. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and June 19, 1988.
  7. ^ "Ask Billboard". Billboard.