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

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