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

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