CD Hedwig and the Angry Inch [Original Cast] (CD 409820), Audio Other
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch [Original Cast]

  • 1. Tear Me Down - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
    2. Origin of Love, The - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
    3. Random Number Generation - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
    4. Sugar Daddy - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
    5. Angry Inch - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
    6. Wig in a Box - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
    7. Wicked Little Town - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
    8. Long Grift, The - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
    9. Hedwig's Lament - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
    10. Exquisite Corpse - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
    11. Wicked Little Town (Reprise) - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
    12. Midnight Radio - (with John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83160

  • Credits
    ProducerBrad Wood
    EngineerJohn David Hiller; John Hiler

    Original score composed by Stephen Trask.
    Principal cast: John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig, Tommy Gnosis); Miriam Shor (Yitzak); Stephen Trask (Skszp); Chris Weilding (Krzyzhtoff); Scott Bilbrey (Jacek); David McKinley (Schlatko).
    Includes liner notes by Danny Fields.
    HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
    Personnel: Scott Bilbrey (vocals, acoustic guitar); John Cameron Mitchell, Cheater (vocals); David McKinley (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge.
    Liner Note Authors: John Cameron Mitchell; Danny Fields .
    Recording information: Magic Shop (02/14/1998).
    Photographer: Carol Rosegg.
    In the world of rock theater, HEDWIG, the show that took New York by storm, is about as close as the '90s ever got to real rock & roll. Miles away from the mannered pop of RENT, HEDWIG's engine runs on hard-hitting glam-rock with occasional touches of post-punk and hard rock. Thematically, one might make an association with the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, but the only thing the two share is a main character of "dubious gender." Hedwig is the frontman/woman for the Angry Inch, and he/she deals very graphically with the subject of transexuality. The good-natured decadence of Rocky Horror seems like a candy store daydream compared to the dark, postmodern emotional landscape that dominates HEDWIG. Those who long for the golden days of Bowie and T. Rex with a bit of a '90s update will enjoy both the show and the album, as will anyone with a taste for the dark underbelly of modern sexuality.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (2/18/99, p.58) - "...the first undeniably kick-ass rock musical....packs more volume, guitars, hooks, aspirations and inspirations into its twelve storytelling tunes than typical Broadway and Top Forty combined."
    Spin (4/99, pp.161-162) - 8 (out of 10) - "...just the right mixture of cringe pop...and punk rock, putting the story across with both sleazoid gusto and arch knowingness--plus a few Plato references..."
    Entertainment Weekly (3/12/99, p.71) - "...the way both album and musical embalm rock as an art form of the past is eerily compelling." - Rating: B
    CMJ (3/8/99, p.26) - "...probably the most legitmately scorching rock musical ever....HEDWIG holds up as a theatrically intense and often wickedly funny rock album..."
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