“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.”

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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.”