“The Origin of Love” – Jonathan Richman

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From the tribute compilation “Wig in a Box: Songs From & Inspired By Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” comes Jonathan Richman’s cover of “The Origin of Love” from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” I like Richman’s more upbeat arrangement here, but his earnest vocals indicate an appreciation for the power and beauty of the lyrics.

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“Wicked Little Town” – The Breeders

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The Breeders do a subdued, but beautiful cover of the song that’s arguably the emotional centerpiece of the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Recorded for the Hedwig tribute album “Wig in a Box.”