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

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