Hedwig & The Angry Inch [1999]

Hedwig & The Angry Inch [1999]

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There's no stopping Hedwig Schmidt, everyone's favorite transsexual rock star, now that HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, last year's most unlikely off-Broadway hit, has been transformed into the most surprising original cast album of 1999. Author-star John Cameron Mitchell and composer-bandleader Stephen Trask have concocted a sublimely surreal, bracingly rebellious tale

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There's no stopping Hedwig Schmidt, everyone's favorite transsexual rock star, now that HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, last year's most unlikely off-Broadway hit, has been transformed into the most surprising original cast album of 1999. Author-star John Cameron Mitchell and composer-bandleader Stephen Trask have concocted a sublimely surreal, bracingly rebellious tale that takes aim at America's cultural wasteland, and then jacks up the volume. Featuring the exquisite noise of the rock band Cheater, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the heaviest, most audacious and fully integrated rock musical yet. The fabulous score channels pop music culture of all shapes and sizes, from the primal-scream slam of "Tear Me Down" and the mutilated thrash of "Angry Inch" to the Beatles-esque "Long Grift" and the sweet-as-Bee Gees "Wig in a Box," as well as the Ziggy-like apotheosis "Midnight Radio." Grab a wig and join the party.

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All Music Guide - Sarah Erlewine
Hedwig & the Angry Inch was considered something revelatory in the 1997-1998 theater season. An off-Broadway show in the guise of a rock concert, Hedwig won the Outer Critics Circle Award for best off-Broadway musical. It's no surprise -- Hedwig & the Angry Inch is certainly unlike any other musical of its time, including such other "rock operas" like Rent and the Who's Tommy. This tale of a German transsexual rock star with fading fame unravels as stories between songs in a concert. It utterly fascinating, with a far more punk aesthetic than one would associate with a musical. A truly inventive and amazing creation worth hearing.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/1999
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678316029
catalogNumber:
83160
Rank:
34667

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch [Original Cast] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Off-beat and clever music, served up with all the intensity of a live performance. I haven't seen the movie, so I have no bias towards the movie soundtrack. Having heard this CD versus a portion of the movie sountrack version, this "Original Cast" pressing has all the dynamic range and production quality I look for in my music.