Wainwright, Breeders Rock With Hedwig
Off Records is eyeing a fall release for "Wig in a Box," a benefit album featuring indie-rock all-stars taking on songs from the musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." The list of contributors is headedOff Records is eyeing a fall release for "Wig in a Box," a benefit album featuring indie-rock all-stars taking on songs from the musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." The list of contributors is headed by Rufus Wainwright, the Breeders, Cyndi Lauper, and the Bens, a group comprising singer/songwriters Ben Folds, Ben Kweller, and Ben Lee.
Off head Chris Slusarenko tells Billboard.com that proceeds from the album will go to New York's Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk School for gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered youth. "All profits go directly to the school," he said, calling the album a "break-even project." "For me, I just wanted to hear the album so badly, and it's been so fun to put together."
Slusarenko said the idea for the album took shape after he first saw the "Hedwig" movie. "I was blown away. It's one of the rare instances where a movie about making art and rock had good music," he said. He got in touch with creators John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, and the three brainstormed the concept for the album and which artists they'd like to be involved. "So far, it's worked amazingly well," Slusarenko added.
Wainwright will tackle "Origin of Love," Lauper covers "Midnight Radio," and the Breeders and the Bens offer different takes on "Wicked Little Town," the former doing the "Hedwig Version" while the latter takes a turn on the "Tommy Version."
The luminous cast also includes Sleater-Kinney teaming with B-52s singer Fred Schneider for "Angry Inch," Bob Mould performing "Nailed," Yoko Ono and Yo La Tengo pairing for "Hedwig's Lament/Exquisite Corpse," They Might Be Giants turning in "The Long Grift," Jonathan Richman reprising "Origin of Love," and Imperial Teen playing "Freaks."
Mitchell and Trask have also composed a new track specifically for the "Wig in a Box" album, which they will perform. Check Off Records' official Web site for further updates and details.