Antony And The Johnsons


Antony and the Johnsons

Antony and the Johnsons is an American band, led by the singer, musician and songwriter Antony Hegarty.

Antony and the Johnsons: Background Story

Antony Hegarty's music was first released when the British musician David Tibet (of Current 93) heard one of Antony's demos and offered to release the tracks through his label, Durtro. Hegarty's debut album, Antony and the Johnsons was released in 2000. The following year, an EP was released entitled 'I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy'. The EP featured a cover of 'Mysteries of Love', which was originally written by Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch, as well as a cover of the Current 93 song 'Soft Black Stars'. Durtro also released a live album in 2003, named Live at St. Olave's.

Lou Reed (of Velvet Underground) was given the EP by the producer Hal Willner. Reed instantly asked Hegarty to be a part of his recording sessions for The Raven. The project aimed to recount the poems of Edgar Allen Poe with musical accompaniment. Laurie Anderson, David Bowie and Steve Buscemi were all also involved in the recordings.

Following the release of The Raven, Antony Hegarty signed to Secretly Canadian. His new label released another EP, entitled The Lake, as well as re-releasing his debut album, with a wider distribution network.

Antony Hegarty's second album, released in 2005, was I Am a Bird Now. The album received widespread positive reviews, helped along by appearances from Rufus Wainwright, Devendra Banhart, Lou Reed and Boy George. In September of that year, Antony and the Johnsons became the surprise winners of that year's Mercury Music Prize. Kaiser Chiefs - a British band that were also in the running for the prize - appeared bitter at having lost out to Antony and the Johnsons, arguing that Antony's eligibility for the prize was flimsy, as, although he was born in the UK, he had lived much of his life in the USA. Kaiser Chiefs later apologised for suggesting that he wasn't a worthy recipient of the prize.

In 2006, Antony and the Johnsons worked with the film-maker Charles Atlas on a production named 'Turning'. The film showed thirteen portraits of New York's women stars and was praised by the likes of The Guardian and Le Monde.

2008 saw Antony and the Johnsons release their 'Another World EP'. This was followed, in January 2009, by the release of their third studio album, The Crying Light. Nico Muhly aided the arrangements on the album, which was mixed by Bryce Goggin. At the 2009 Manchester International Festival, Antony and the Johnsons performed The Crying Light in a concert hall that had been transformed into a crystal cave. A laser installation was created by the artist Chris Levine. When the band performed in Paris, Antony wore a costume that had been designed for him by Ricardo Tisci of the Givenchy fashion house.

The members of Antony and the Johnsons (besides Antony Hegarty) now include Julia Kent on cello, Jeff Langston on bass, Parker Kindred on drums, Rob Moose on guitar and violin and Doug Wieselman on horns.

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24th July 2012 -


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10th June 2011 -


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20th January 2011 -


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Antony and the Johnsons - Swanlights

6th October 2010 -


The first time I heard Antony & The Johnson's properly was midmorning in February 2005 driving from Newark to Nottingham. Jo Whiley was in her Radio 1 slot and introduced the extraordinary song 'Hope There's...

Antony and the Johnsons To Release 'Swanlights' Album and Book

30th June 2010 -


Antony and the Johnsons will release their new album, 'Swanlights', on October 11th through Rough Trade Records. Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of 'Swanlights' which will include the CD inside a 144-page...

Fascinating Fact 7381

19th May 2009 -


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28th March 2009 -


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12th February 2009 -


James Corden and Mathew Horne among the special guests signed up for the 2009 Teenage Cancer Trust concerts.The Gavin and Stacey actors will host an evening of comedy to bring a week of charity shows...

Antony And The Johnsons Shoot To Top Of European Chart

29th January 2009 -


ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS' new album THE CRYING LIGHT has catapulted to the top of the European music charts in its first week of release. The U.S. rockers have triumphed in the European Top 100 Albums...

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26th January 2009 -


Review of Antony and the Johnsons' single 'Epilepsy is Dancing'Winning something as prestigious and let's be honest commercially rewarding as a Mercury Prize - especially on a rumoured "technicality" - would for some lesser talents...

Antony and the Johnsons - Another World

13th October 2008 -


Video for Another World from Antony and the Johnsons released through Secretly Canadian.Antony and the Johnsons return with a new EP 'Another World'. Since their last 2005 mercury award winning album 'I am a Bird...

Elbow's Seldom Seen Kid Wins 2008 Mercury Music Prize

9th September 2008 -


Elbow's fourth album The Seldom Seen Kid has won the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.The northwest quintet had been second favourite to claim the prize behind the secretive dubstep producer Burial but took the prestigious award...

Mercury Music Prize Nominees Await 2008 Verdict

9th September 2008 -


Radiohead, the Last Shadow Puppets and Elbow are among acts waiting to discover if they have won the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.The winner of the prestigious award will be unveiled at around 22:00 BST on...

Klaxons: It Was Right We Won

5th September 2007 -


Mercury Music Prize-winning Londoners Klaxons have said that their winning of the renowned award was the right choice.The band, dubbed new-rave, were the surprise winners at a glitzy awards ceremony in London last night, their...

Benicassim To Get Underway

19th July 2007 -


Benicassim festival will get underway tonight as four days of live music in the Spanish sunshine begins.Iggy and the Stooges lead tonight's headliners along with fellow US act Bright Eyes and Swedish band Mando Diao.The...

Jamie T To Challenge Monkey Fever

18th July 2007 -


Amy Winehouse and Jamie T have emerged as the bookies' favourites to win this year's Nationwide Mercury prize.The judging panel announced its shortlist yesterday and previous winners Arctic Monkeys were among those nominated.But according to...

Shakespeare's Sonnets Get Musical Makeover

23rd November 2006 -


The sonnets of British playwright WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE are to be given a musical makeover with a show of rock 'n' roll interpretations. The SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMER'S DAY bard's most famous verses...

Boy George Attacks Contemporary Bands

16th February 2006 -


Former CULTURE CLUB frontman BOY GEORGE launched a scathing attack at contemporary bands at last night's (15FEB06) Brit Awards - branding them all "boring". George, real name GEORGE O'DOWD, claimed there were only three...

Kaiser Chiefs Have A Riot At Brits

16th February 2006 -


English rockers KAISER CHIEFS were big winners at last night's (15FEB06) Brit Awards, picking up three trophies at the London ceremony. The Leeds band opened the star-studded bash at the British capital's Earls Court...

Young Slams 'Gorillas' Williams And Blunt

8th February 2006 -


British pop star WILL YOUNG has slammed his fellow Brit Award nominees ROBBIE WILLIAMS and JAMES BLUNT, labelling the singers "puffed-up gorillas". The EVERGREEN musician, who recently made his movie debut in MRS HENDERSON...

Kaiser Chiefs Dominate Nme Awards Nominations

24th January 2006 -


British rockers KAISER CHIEFS are set to dominate the ShockWaves NME Awards next month (FEB06), after landing a record seven nominations. The I PREDICT A RIOT hitmakers, who opened the Philadelphia Live 8 concert...

Cult Acts Fight For Pantheon Prize

14th January 2006 -


FIONA APPLE, KINGS OF LEON, SUFJAN STEVENS, MIA and ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS are among the acts who will fight it out for the 2006 New Pantheon Music Prize next month (FEB06). The honour,...

Blunt And Kaiser Chiefs Lead Brit Nominations

11th January 2006 -


Singer/songwriter JAMES BLUNT and English rockers KAISER CHIEFS are leading the nominations at next month's (15FEB06) Brit Awards with five nods each. Former soldier Blunt is up for British Male Solo Artist, Pop Act,...

Hegarty: 'I'm Not Original'

28th November 2005 -


Singer ANTONY HEGARTY is bemused when his unique talent is likened to the voices of NINA SIMONE and ELVIS PRESLEY - he claims he is simply a blend of every musician that has ever influenced...

Hegarty In Rock 'N' Roll Tug-Of-War

25th November 2005 -


Singer ANTONY HEGARTY hails BOY GEORGE and LOU REED as his musical muses, and he was stunned when both his heroes were keen to work with him. Torn between his two favourite hitmakers, the...

Arctic Monkey Turner Voted Coolest Man

22nd November 2005 -


Rock newcomer ALEX TURNER of British band ARCTIC MONKEYS has been voted coolest man on the planet, beating out competition from superstars like LIAM GALLAGHER and KANYE WEST. The 19-year-old I BET YOU LOOK...

Antony and the Johnsons, You Are My Sister, Video Stream

15th November 2005 -


Antony And The JohnsonsI Am A Bird Now(Secretly Canadian)There is a myth that great artists operate in seclusion. One need look no further than to the ten songs of Antony and the Johnsons' new album,...

Antony and the Johnsons - Antony and The Johnson's I Am A Bird Now

10th October 2005 -


Antony and The Johnson's I Am A Bird NowAlbum ReviewNew York dwelling Brit born Antony Hegarty releases second album, wins Mercury Music Prize (05) and creates one of the tenderest mainstream recordings of this decade...

Franz Ferdinand: 'Antony And Johnsons Are Worthy Successors'

26th September 2005 -


Scottish rockers FRANZ FERDINAND were overjoyed when ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS controversially won this year's (05) prestigious Mercury Music Prize, because they were the most original group. The successful indie group, who won the...

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