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

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