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Antony and the Johnsons

U.K.-born, California-raised Antony Hegarty felt like the consummate outsider until coming face to face with the image of Boy George on the cover of the Culture Club's 1982 debut album, Kissing to Be Clever. Eight years later, Hegarty relocated to New York City and found a world more accepting of avant-garde sensibilities and a sexually ambiguous nature. An early incarnation was the cabaret ensemble Blacklips, modeled after Blue Velvet-era Isabella Rossellini and the drag queen who graced the cover of Soft Cell's 1982 single "Torch." Hegarty formed Antony and the Johnsons in 1998, and the band released its self-titled debut on David Tibet's Durtro label in 2000, followed by an appearance on the Lou Reed albums The Raven and Animal Serenade, plus a tour with Reed throughout 2003. (Hegarty also appeared in the 2000 Steve Buscemi film Animal Factory as an androgynous convict.) Antony and the Johnsons released a series of EPs in 2004, followed by the band's second full-length, the Mercury Prize-winning I Am a Bird Now, in February of 2005. Antony spent the next two years on the road, as well as appearing on Björk's Volta and in the Leonard Cohen documentary I'm Your Man before returning to the studio for the 2008 EP, Another World, which preceded 2009's full-length The Crying Light. Antony and the Johnsons' fourth studio album, Swanlights, arrived the following year. In 2011, the album's publisher, Abrams, issued a companion edition of Swanlights collected in book form, with Antony's paintings, drawings, photography, collages, song lyrics, and writings. In 2012, the band released Cut the World, a symphonic retrospective arranged and performed in collaboration with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. It featured 11 tracks from their catalog and the title cut, a new song written for Robert Wilson's stage production The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic. In 2006, Hegarty collaborated with video artist Charles Atlas on a performance piece called Turning, which combined a live performance by Antony and the Johnsons with video projections created by Atlas and featuring women who had struggled with self-image and sexual identity in their lives. Atlas later made a documentary about the show, simply titled Turning, and in 2014 the film's soundtrack album was released in tandem with a DVD edition of the film. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Top Songs by
Antony and the Johnsons

  1.   Song
  2.   Another World
  3.   Fistful of Love
  4.   Knockin' on Heaven's Door
  5.   My Lady Story
  6.   Twilight
  7.   Thank You for Your Love
  8.   Hope There's Someone
  9.   The Crying Light
  10.   River of Sorrow
  11.   Angel On Fire
  12.   Violetta
  13.   The Great White Ocean
  14.   Swanlights
  15.   Christina's Farm
  16.   Crazy in Love
  17.   Everglade
  18.   Aeon
  19.   Sing For Me
  20.   Man Is the Baby
  21.   Cripple and the Starfish
  22.   Bird Guhl featuring Antony
  23.   Deeper Than Love
  24.   Frankenstein
  25.   You Are My Sister
  26.   The Atrocities
  27.   Spiraling
  28.   Find the Rhythm of Your Love
  29.   Salt Silver Oxygen
  30.   I'm in Love
  31.   Ghost
  32.   Everything Is New
  33.   You Are the Treasure
  34.   Dust and Water
  35.   Kiss My Name
  36.   Epilepsy Is Dancing
  37.   Shake That Devil
  38.   Just One Star
  39.   The Horror Has Gone
  40.   The Lake
  41.   Rapture
  42.   Divine
  43.   Blue Angel
  44.   Where is My Power
  45.   Future Feminism
  46.   For Today I Am a Boy
  47.   Flétta
  48.   Pressing On
  49.   Forest of Love
  50.   Kissing Noone
  51.   I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy
  52.   Imagine
  53.   One Dove
  54.   Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground
  55.   What Can I Do?
  56.   The Spirit Was Gone
  57.   Free at Last
  58.   Paddy's Gone
  59.   My Lord My Love
  60.   Poorest Ear
  61.   Cut the World
  62.   Spiralling
  63.   Hitler in My Heart
  64.   Crackagen
  65.   Hope Mountain
  66.   Daylight and the Sun

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