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

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