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

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