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

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