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

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