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

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