Posts Tagged ‘Antony and the Johnsons’

Within the vacuum of popular culture, the music industry has been responsible for some of the most skewed renderings of gay artistry.  The 70’s saw a piano-playing rocket man evading gay lyricism for corporate appeal.  The 80’s, age of the music video, gave way to an impending bathroom cruiser clad in booty jeans cooing “I want your sex” to Asian temptresses.  And the 90’s gave a gay boy bander a chance to get in synch with flocks of shrieking young girls, misleadingly waxing hetero on songs like “girlfriend.” Present day, we have a cutesy pop princess who thinks it’s totally awesome that she kissed a girl, and well, liked it.  Appropriation much?  Welcome to “gay pride” circa 2008.  

Amid the flirtation with gay or bisexual persona’s, à la Bowie, T.Rex and Madonna, there’s been an eclectic presence of musicians, both past and present, who’ve unabashedly addressed what it means to be queer with depth and style.  

Antony and the Johnsons 

Drenched in haunting chord structures and the tremolo-laden timbre of singer-songwriter Antony Hegarty’s, Antony and the Johnsons’ music explore themes of transgendered throes.  On “For Today I Am A Boy, off of the bands superlative I Am a Bird Now, Hegarty emotes: 

“One day I’ll grow up, I’ll be a beautiful woman

One day I’ll grow up, I’ll be a beautiful girl

But for today I am a child, for today I am a boy…” 

Melancholy’s never sounded so sweet.   (more…)