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

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