The ’59 2018 #289: 181016
Anthony & The Johnsons – I am a bird now (2005)
Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 47 – 2005.
I Am a Bird Now was the second album from New York City based Antony and the Johnsons. It won the Mercury Prize on September 6, 2005 and subsequently shot up the UK albums chart from No.135 to No.16 in one week, the biggest jump in the history of the award.
The album features guest appearances by Rufus Wainwright, Devendra Banhart, Joan Wasser and by lead singer Anohni’s childhood heroes Boy George and Lou Reed.
The cover is a photograph by Peter Hujar of Warhol Superstar Candy Darling on her deathbed (aptly titled “Candy Darling on Her Deathbed”).