Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Wicked Little Town (Hedwig Version)

Song: Wicked Little Town (Hedwig Version)
Artist: The Breeders
Album: Wig in a Box: Songs From and Inspired by Hedwig and the Angry Inch

This weekend saw the release of the film “Shortbus” written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, who created, Directed, and starred in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” I haven’t had a chance to see the film yet, but it is getting buzz for its controversial use of real sex within the story. It blurs the line between what is considered pornography and what is considered art.

“Hedwig” has slowly built a Rocky Horror type of cult following since it debuted on Broadway. I must say that I didn’t get all the way through the film, just wasn’t digging it, and never saw the stage production. Alas, I was given a copy of the Hedwig tribute album, “Wig in a Box” which has many killer bands and singers covering the songs from the show. With just diverse artists as Cyndi Lauper, Frank Black, Imperial Teen, Rufus Wainwright, Yoko Ono, and Bob Mould, the album is as eclectic as the subject matter. I fell in love with this record and have meant to go back and try watching the film once again, just haven’t done so yet.

The Breeders were one of my favorite bands in high school, and while they haven’t released much music since then, there are highlights. This includes “Wicked Little Town” a quiet, haunting song that I find to be quite beautiful. Kim Deal’s raspy voice really works on this song, which can work against her in some of her original material.


1 comment:

BrianF said...

A documentary entitled "Follow My Voice" was done about the recording of this Hedwig tribute CD.