DISCOGRAPHYw/Reviews

NOTE: Early Recordings from late 60's thru mid 70's such as SPROTON LAYER,
and other rare gems, have since been released in the 1990's and 2000's.

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SPROTON LAYER   1968 - 1971 (and 2013)  Acid Rock

Roger Miller: Bass and lead vocals
Ben Miller: Guitar and harmony vocals
Laurence Miller: Drums


WITH MAGNETIC FIELDS DISRUPTED ---------------------------------------------------------------- released 4/91

13-song CD / cassette / LP

New Alliance Records (subsidary of SST)

 

LOST BEHIND WORDS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 4/91

3 - song  45 rpm  7” on clear vinyl

New Alliance Records


WITH MAGNETIC FIELDS DISRUPTED ---------------------------------------------------------------- re-released June 2013

13-song CD / LP
World In Sound Records (Germany)



DESTROY ALL MONSTERS   1977 - 78   Punk 
Niagara: Vocals
Cary Loren: Guitar, vocals
Ron Asheton: Guitar, vocals
Micheal Davis: Bass, vocals
Ben Miller: Alto Sax, vocals
Laurence Miller: Guitar, vocals

Rob King: Drums, vocals

D.B. Keeps: Booking Manager
George Christman: Personal Manager
Hiawatha: Equipment Manager

 

 MICHIGAN DAILY / A2 (June ’77):  “…musically 3 dimensional; drugs, decadence and death…”

 

YOU'RE GONNA DIE  b/w  BORED --------------------------------------------------------------------------- released  2/78  

2-song 45 rpm 7” single

IDBI Records (re-issued in 1979 on Cherry Red Records)

 

NOVEMBER 22nd 1963 b/w MEET THE CREEPER --------------------------------------------------- released  4/79

2 - song 45 rpm 7” single

Cherry Red Records

 

DAYS OF DIAMONDS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ released 12/78

5-song 33 1/3 rpm 7” E.P.

Black Hole Records

 

NOVEMBER 22nd 1963 / SINGLES & RARITIES --------------------------------------------------- released 12/89

8-song 33 1/3 rpm 12” L.P. and CD

Revenge Records

 

NOTE: Many various D.A.M. recordings with Laurence have been released over the years on Cd and vinyl.



 

XANADU 1979   Art Rock

Cary Loren: Guitar, vocals
Ben Miller: Alto Sax, vocals
Laurence Miller: Guitar, vocals
Rob King: Drums, vocals
Dauna Sevakis: Additional vocals

NOTE:  4 yr. old Tara Sevakis heard "counting off" the song, NO CHANGE


BLACK OUT IN THE CITY  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released  1/79

4-song 33 1/3 rpm 7” E.P.

Black Hole Records

 


NONFICTION   1981 - 1985    Avant-Angst-Pop

Ben Miller: Guitar, bass, alto sax, vocals
Laurence Miller: Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
Bill Frank: Drums, vocals


CRUZIN' ANN ARBOR  (12 band Ann Arbor Music Project Compilation) ------------------------ released 12/82

featuring his song “Walkie Talkie”

12 song 33 1/3 rpm 12” L.P.

AAMP Records

 WALKIN' SIDEWAYS TALKIN' BACKWARDS ---------------------------------------------------------- released  1/84

11-song L.P. cassette (half  “live”,  half  “studio”)

Neoteric Records (re-issued 9/84 with Laurie Anderson bonus cut “Oh, Superman”)

Detroit Metro Times: “…best local release of the year!..”




RADIO SILENCE   1982 - 1984    Punk-Jazz

Laurence Miller: Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
Don Rimmer: Bass
John O-Rielly: Drums


RADIO SILENCE Self Titled Double LP Cassette (half "live, half "studio")  ---------------------- released 1983

Tip-Toe Tapes

NEVER REVIEWED


 

ROGER MILLER as NO MAN    1986    Experimental Rock

Laurence did not perform with Roger, but rather made guitar and clarinet contributions
to two of Roger's songs on this record, as did his twin bro, Ben Miller (sax and guitar).

NO MAN IS HURTING ME ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released  5/86

10-song 33 1/3 rpm 12” L.P.
SST Records




LAURENCE BOND MILLER (1 of 3)  1985 - 87  solo-singer-songwriter

Laurence Miller: 12-string acoustic guitar and vocals (and all other instruments) 

A slew of low budget cassettes released on Tip-Toe Tapes

               

Laurence Miller self titled -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released late 85

Manila Moon ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  released spring 86

Larger Than Life ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released fall 86

Wide Awake Up ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released Jan 87

Your Beautiful Mess ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released fall 87



 

THE EMPTY SET   1985 - 1992   Alternative Pop Rock

Laurence Miller: Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
Ron Devore: Bass, vocals

Bill Frank: Drums, vocals
NOTE: Additional studio musicians as well, including Ben Miller on Alto Sax 


 

WANDERING IN WONDER ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 11/86

4 - song  33 rpm 7” E.P.
LALA Records

 LOST IN A RYPTIDE ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 10/88

10-song 12” L.P.
LALA Records
Detroit Metro Times “....a ten song work of art...”

 DOWN ON THE STREET  b/w  ROMAN HOLIDAY ------------------------------------------------- released 2/92

2 - song 45 rpm 7” on transparent orange vinyl
Sympathy For The Record Industry


THIN, SLIM, AND NONE/ FLUNKIE
 
----------------------------------------------------------------------- released 1996

Ron Asheton/THE EMPTY SET  18 - song CD
Birdcage Records through TWA


 

LARYNX ZILLION’S NOVELTY SHOP   1987-1997 Discordant Avant Camp Rock

Larynx Zillion: Guitar and vocals (and backing tracks w/drums and keyboards)
Chip Reed: Bass
Buzz Amerika: Guitar
Chris Smith: Trombone
Earlier band mates include:

John F$!#king Kennedy: Keyboards and backing vocals
Home Slice: Trombone
Poriah Dog: Drums

ANN ARBOR OBSERVER / A2  “...Larynx Zillion (a.k.a. Laurence Bond Miller) has successfully impersonated an entire band singlehandedly, and has 5 records to his credit.  His assemblage of warm bodies for his real-life version The Novelty Shop, could be defined as  -  artfully discordant guitar based Rock & Roll with odd time changes and a twisted sense of humor...”


“SOUTHPAWS UNITE!” ( Larbard-Mix) ------------------------------------------------------------------ released 6/90

1-song sampler ~ transparent blue picture-disc flexi  w/ special postcard included

Collector’s Edition preview for upcoming E.P.,  “Southpaws Unite!” (The Collection) 

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

RHINO GAZZETTE / Austin Texas: “...according to old folklore, being left-handed is a sign of the devil, and this band, composed entirely of lefties, is definitely possessed...”

Music Scene ~ CURRENT / A2:  “...the perfect gift for anyone who thinks Ann Arbor has grown boring and artisticly safe...”

Hit WCBN’s Top Ten Favorite List of 1990

 

“SOUTHPAWS UNITE!” (The Collection) --------------------------------------------------------------- released 2/92

6 - song   9” mini-L.P. flexi  w/lyric sheet and “No Right Turn” sticker included

(re-released in ‘95 on cassette with two bonus tracks from the same sessions in limited quantity)

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

DECONTROL / Deluth Georgia:  “...might best be described as Disneyland on fast forwards, spinning out of control...”

CURRENT ~ Local Music / A2:  “...an incredible, twisted work that will probably not be understood by the American listening public until late in the 21st century...”

Hit WCBN’s Top Ten Favorite List of 1992

 

SONGS OF RECOVERY ~ From Anything or Anyone ------------------------------------------- released 9/92

2 - song  45 rpm 7” single on transparent yellow vinyl

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

ANN ARBOR NEWS ~ Rock Beat / A2: “....maniacal and absurd, this delightfully bizarre music sounds as if the town psycotic became the conductor of a

carnival band - real wierd carnival music played at the wrong speed - somehow just what you wanted to hear....”

RHINO GAZZETTE / Austin Texas:  “...QUEEN jamming with THE RESIDENTS...”

CURRENT ~ Local Music /A2:  “...this laughs in the face of CD technology as well as artistic convention by Ann Arbor’s only true genius...”

 

QUEEN OF QUEENS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released on cassette 5/96

4-song “special-mix” E.P. cassette / CD

Preview for upcoming full-length double-feature, “Hotter Than The Dickens!” (never released)

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

ANN ARBOR NEWS ~ Rock Beat / A2:  “... HHHH - David Bowie at his most glam and experimental...”

AGENDA ~ The View From Nowhere / A2:   ...if there is any music that will survive us after the collapse of civilization, when wild bands of post-nuclear winter-tribes roam the earth, it would have to be the complex, intense, other-centuries-to-come creations of Ann Arbor genius/legend/artist Larynx Zillion’s Novelty Shop.  Steve Reichian time signatures and stereo headphone freakouts, and science fiction psycho ward confessions of a religious vision with a band that crashes the wall at 180 MPH.  In a world where most “R&R” bands are more concerned about THE BIG RECORD DEAL, Larynx Zillion’s Novelty Shop is a cause for celebration...”

JAM RAG ~ Outsite / Detroit: “...Ann Arbor’s Mothers of Invention...while the Novelty Shop is open, step inside - you could walk away with something as valuable as Penn & Teller’s Invisible Thread...”



“SOUTHPAWS UNITE!” (the Complete Collection) -------------------------------------------- never released

13 - song  CD  featuring special mixs, bonus cuts  (Zillion’s Epitath, We Thee Toy Tin Soldiers)

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music


“HOTTER THAN THE DICKENS!” ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- finally released in April 2016





GORDON GIGAGNTIC   1994 - 1995   Alternative Power-Pop

Laurence Miller: Guitar, vocals
Rich (last name?): Bass, vocals
Tony Archer: Drums 


GORDON GIGANTIC (Self-Titled)  -------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 5//95 

5 - song cassette

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

 
ANN ARBOR AGENDA / #4 of 10 ”Best  of 1995!”  / A2:  “...if there is any one greatest injustice on the local music scene, it’s the fact that Laurence Miller, the guiding force behind this five-tune release, isn’t world famous by now.  From the original lineup of Destroy All Monsters, to his other-planet ravings of Larynx Zillion’s Novelty Shop, Miller has proven to be another one-of-a-kind performer of world-class talents and brains...”    Alan Goldsmith



 

LAURENCE BOND MILLER (2 of 3)   1996 - 98 solo-singer-songwriter

Laurence Miller: "Live": Guitar (electric & acoustic), vocal

                        "Studio": All instruments and vocals

Ann Arbor Observor:  “...veteran local postpunk singer song-writer who writes angular, sometimes bitingly beautifull introspective songs that have been
described as Robyn Hitchcock meets Sylvia Plath...”


LAURENCE w/a “U” --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 11/96

[unplugged sampler]
10-song cassette -- later released on Cd format in 2003

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

 PLAGUE OF LOVE (Love, Lust & Lunacy) ------------------------------------------ released on cassette 2/97

[simulated “full-band” multi-track / alternative power-pop-rock]
11-song cassette
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

Jamm Rag:   “...The original purpose to these recordings was to flesh out new song ideas as they came to me in the studio.  This gave me the unique opportunituy to discover how they might sound in a real ‘band’ setting, as well as getting them out of my f#!$king head...” LBM   / “..Miller can really play all these instruments?  Musical masturbation at it’s finest?..”   LC




M3    1989 - 2001    Experimental

Roger Miller: Keyboards, bass, drums, found sound
Ben Miller: Guitar, violin, drums, found sound

Laurence Miller: Drums, keyboards, found sound

M3 (self-titled) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2/93

8-song CD / cassette
New Alliance Records

Review: The American Music Press / S.F. CA  “...I began to like the CD more and more but, my finger always hovered over track button six ( my piece :) with the temptation to depress and place on replay...”

UNEARTHING --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released  2001

Reviews uploaded shortly




MISTER LAURENCE and his PLAY MONEY BAND 1999 - 2009 Kids Music

Mister Laurence: "Live" acoustic guitar and vocals along to prerecorded backing tracks
The Play Money Band: Prerecorded Backing Tracks w/drums, bass, keyboards, etc

THE MISTER LAURENCE EXPERIENCE  2009 - 2013 
Kids Music
Mister Laurence: Electric guitar and vocals
Ms. Princess Melinda: Keyboards and vocals
OSO the Drumming Bear: Drums w/attitude
The Play Money Band: Prerecorded backing tracks (additional drums, bass, keyboards, vocals, etc)




FLAGHORN  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 1999

12-song CD
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music


TUGBOAT TOW ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2001

14-song CD
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music


SWEET DREAMWORLD  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2001

1 hr. instrumental CD

FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music

BUBBLELAND -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2002

15-song CD

FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music


PURE GIBBERISH ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2003

14-song CD
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music


RECESS FOREVER! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2005

14-song CD

FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music


HOLIDAY STOCKING --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2007

15-song CD

FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music


MARMALINE (My Music Machine)
------------------------------------------------------------- released fall 2009

12-song CD
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music

Version One: Musical Adventure Story (sound effects and narrative)
Version Two: Soundtrack (songs only)

TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released fall 2011

CD Prerelease CD Single
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music

 

TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC ---------------------------------------------------------- released February 2012

12-song CD
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music





LAURENCE BOND MILLER (3 of 3)  2003 - THE PRESENT solo-singer-songwriter

Laurence Miller: "Live": Acoustic guitar and vocal

                      "Studio": All instruments and vocals


DEMONSTRATION (Demos from YesterYear)  ---------------------------------------------------- released 2003

CD Collection of "the best of" my '80's tapes

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music


HAPPY THOSE IN VALENTINE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2006

14-song CD

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

"...a violet by any other name..."  ----------------------------------------------------------------- released Feb 2009

14-song CD

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music



THE ACCORDION PIPER  2013 - THE PRESENT

Laurence Miller: ACCORDION performed along to his original backing tracks

ICE-CREAM DREAM  ----------------------------------------------------------------- released Feb 2017