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

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