Chris Isaak on New Album: "We Did It Like the '50s, No Overdubbing, That's Cheating"

Chris Isaak is enjoying some rare down time at home in San Francisco. Not that he's taking it easy.

With an album to promote -- a collection of rock 'n' roll standards dubbed Beyond the Sun -- Isaak's engaged in a string of telephone interviews with music journalists. At the moment, however, he's a bit distracted. His manager's playful Maltese has him in stitches.

The dog is sprinting and sliding deliriously across the floor, as if mimicking the surfers that brave the waves outside his window. "You wouldn't believe how hilarious he is," the singer laughs. "He's really having some fun."

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Lee Zimmerman