Various Artists / Wig in a Box
Album: Wig in a Box   Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Nov 2003
Label:Off Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-03-29 Pull Date: 2004-05-31
Week Ending: May 30 May 23 May 16 May 9 May 2 Apr 25 Apr 18 Apr 11
Airplays: 2 3 3 4 2 1 3 4

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 25, 2007: Where the Girls Are
Wicked Little Town
4. Oct 27, 2005: I Once was Canadian
Wig in a Box
2. Jan 30, 2007: Storytime: Secrets
Wicked Little Town
5. Sep 20, 2005: Storytime!--non-trad Fairy Tales
The Origin of Love
3. Jul 11, 2006: The Top Shelf (sleater kinney tribute)
Angry Inch
6. Sep 06, 2005: Storytime!
The Long Grift

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-03-08
A star studded tribute to the awesome, transvetititic rock-opera “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. If you were a fan of the movie, you’ll love this. If you weren’t, there’s still some great songs here to appreciate. Most of the covers remain fairly true to the originals, although there’s also some pretty crazy stuff. Most of it stays within the bounds of the original soundtrack’s theatrical, narrative rock. Though it there’s not much staying power, it’s definitely worth a check-out or two.
Recommended tracks: 1, 7, 3, 4, 9, 12, 14, 15.

**1. Rufus Wainwright provides an excellent cover of this power ballad. He keeps his vocal delivery restrained, but emotive. Great song!
2. Sleater-Kinney with Fred Schneider (of the B-52s) providing additional vocals. The song is punky and tight (S-K rocks!), but Fred’s vocals get a bit annoying.
*3. They Might Be Giants handle this mellower number quite nicely.
*4. Frank Black does a highly uptempo version of this thoroughly tongue in cheek song. He growls a bit in that lovely way of his.
5. An original from Robyn Hitchcock, one of the original soundtrack composers. Midtempo.
6. The Imperial Teen cover this electronic-y number that wasn’t that great in the first place.
**7. The Breeders do this quieter song beautifully. It ends up sounding like a really great ‘Pod’ outtake. Wonderful.
8. Another not-very-good electronicy one.
*9. The Polyphoic Spree sound great doing this song, making full use of their powerful orchestration.
10. John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig from the movie) sings this mellow original.
11. Stephen Colbert (of the Daily Show) does a spoken-word introduction to the next song.
*12. Spoon rocks this number, with laconic vocals and a horn section.
13. Yoko Ono and Yo La Tengo team up for this...interesting cover. Starts if you enjoy Ono’s vocals, you’ll like this. Otherwise...
*14. ‘The Bens’ actually sound quite nice here. Better than you’d expect a bunch of semi-alternative, egotistical rock stars to sound.
*15. Cyndi Lauper’s wail (think ‘The Goonies), with the Minus 5’s solid backing, rock this climactic number.
16. Johnathan Richman does a rather annoying reprise of the first song.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Wainwright, Rufus The Origin of Love
2. Sleater-Kinney & Fred Schneide Angry Inch
3. They Might Be Giants The Long Grift
4. Black, Frank Sugar Daddy
5. Hitchcock, Robyn City of Women
6. Imperial Teen Freaks
7. Breeders, the Wicked Little Town
8. Mould, Bob Nailed
9. Polyphonic Spree, the Wig in a Box
10. Mitchell, John Cameron Milford Lake
11. Colbert, Stephen Ladies & Gentlemen
12. Spoon Tear Me Down
13. Ono, Yoko & Yo La Tengo Hedwig's Lament/Exquisite Co
14. Kweller, Ben/Ben Folds/Ben Lee Wicked Little Town
15. Lauper, Cindy & the Minus 5 Midnight Radio
16. Richman, Jonathan The Origin of Love