Thursday, January 05, 2006

Videoh #1: Antony Is His Own Sister

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Stumbled upon Antony and the Johnsons' video for "You Are My Sister." Technically it's a study in simplicity, Almodóvardian gender fluidity, and feminine glory. But one must wonder if the ambiguous reading of the video is the influence of Antony, knowing that it is his song (in duet with Boy George), he in all his vague gendered glory, that imbues this video with its mystery. The video, simply this: women twirling, all kinds of forlorn and scowling feminine visages. Some have fake eyelashes. All are posessed of gradations of possible drag, but you never know. In any case, Antony's voice lilts and suddenly the phrase in the song that goes, "You are my sister and I love you / make all of your dreams come true.../ the way we laughed / the way we experienced pain / so many memories / there's nothing left to gain from a memory / faces and worlds no one else will ever know..." Suddenly the song is the story of a person and his/her experinece of life with the woman that lives inside. She, always lamenting but always stern and strong, the sister, the mother, the girlfriend that lives in all of us, bostering us against, what? Minor music success? Validation in the press? Tours and albums and duets with Lou Reed and Rufus Wainwright? God forbid, not that! Never ever that!


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