Antony & The Johnsons
This New York, USA-based chamber cabaret outfit is led by the striking, androgynous figure of singularly named performance artist Antony (Antony Hegarty, Chichester, West Sussex, England). His unusual background saw him relocating from his native England at the age of 10 to be raised in California, USA. He moved to New York in 1990 to attend the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU, and before long had become heavily involved in the citys punk drag scene. Paying homage to fabled performance artists Leigh Bowery and Klaus Nomi, Antony began performing late night cabaret sets with the Blacklips collective at the citys Pyramid club. In 1995 he assembled a backing group, the self-styled Antony And The Johnsons, and began to focus on the musical side of his performances. The group built up a cult following at hip New York clubs such as The Kitchen and Knitting Factory, but their debut Blue Angel remained unreleased until Current 93 leader David Tibet signed...