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

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