Gary Numan Blasts Chris Isaak Straight Into Hell
It sounds sensational, but it's true: Gary Numan has sent Chris Isaak straight into Hell, where Isaak is now embedded with His Satanic Majesty Himself. Some are surprised by this, having assumed that Isaak was angelic and Numan demonic (especially given that black eyeliner and those Numanesque lyrics like, "I am the ghost that reminds Death of you," easily the spookiest line we've ever encountered). But no — Numan is the angel, and he has sent Isaak to Hell with great panache.
Given the popularity of Isaak's entrancing song "Wicked Game
" (1989), it's impossible not to believe that Gary Numan's new masterpiece "And It All Began With You
" is a direct response. There are some subtle harmonic and tonal similarities between the two songs, and to our ears Numan deliberately mimicked just enough of "Wicked Game" to make it obvious that he was sending Isaak directly to Hell. You will recall the bleakness of Isaak's lyrics, proclaiming "I don't wanna fall in love" and ending with "Nobody loves no one." To call Numan's response powerful or dramatic would be the understatement of the centuries. Numan proclaims that not only does some
body love some
one, but love can endure anything,
in this life and well into the next world:
When you whisper my name, I'll be with you
When you reach out your hand, I'll be with you
When you walk to the light, I'll be with you
When you stand before God, I'll be with you
Yes, Numan is saying that he'll be by his beloved's side even after death, even at the final judgment when the heart of one's soul is placed on a great golden scale and balanced against the white feather of Truth.
Zatel, herald of His Satanic Majesty, said that any inquiries for further light on Isaak's torments will be answered through mainstream media outlets.