“Midnight Radio” – from the 2001 movie “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” dir. John Cameron Mitchell

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The incredibly moving final song from John Cameron Mitchell’s brilliant rock opera “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” This is from the 2001 film adaptation. A great, great film and a much more transgressive and brilliant musical than Laz Buhrman’s “Moulin Rouge” released that same year. Don’t get me wrong. I actually admire “Moulin Rouge” a lot, but “Hedwig” kicks “Moulin Rouge”‘s ass.

Neil Patrick Harris recently announced he will be starring in a Broadway revival of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” It will be weird to see “Hedwig” removed from its punk rock roots, but I’m sending my best wishes that they can pull it off.

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“Wicked Little Town” – from the 2001 movie “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” dir. John Cameron Mitchell

I can’t find the original version from the stage album, so this really good, but not quite as good version from the movie soundtrack will have to do.  The best song from a stellar modern musical. “Hedwig” is everything “Rent” claimed to be: radical, transgressive, emotional, and groundbreaking. The film version (which is probably the only way you can see it these days) is great. It’s so damn good, I almost threw something at the smug host at a local film society back in 2001 when he snickered about how “wacky” this film was. Yes, there are some funny moments here and there, but the film is about as grim and heartbreaking as “Pink Floyd The Wall.”