LARYNX ZILLION'S NOVELTY SHOP
Avant Guard Camp Glam
1987 - 1997
(2016- THE PRESENT)
Influences: Adam and the Ants, Charles Ives, Arthur Brown, and Killing Joke
WILLY THE BARBER, GINGER THE GIRAFFE, VOXXY SOXX, LARYNX ZILLION, KATSUMI-ZOOOMI
Of all the many and varied real and not so real creations, LARYNX ZILLION'S NOVELTY SHOP, by all means possible, took Miller's cake. It was his crowning achievement -- hands down. We're talking pure mad genius, even if he does say so himself, and he clearly does. Period.
THE SHOP's original vision was first imagined in 1983, then inspired directly from Adam and the Ant's peculiar glam-slam punk pop LP, "Kings of the Wild Frontier". As time grew, other influences of Miller's past experiences crept in. Charles Ives, Arthur Brown, Killing Joke, and even Frank Zappa ( not his potty mouth crap, no pun intended). Miller, or should we say Zillion, began recording the first of his compositions in 1987, bringing the whole mess into full manifestation in early 1990, shortly after he got sober and clean. Bam!
THE SHOP's first performance was a mime-presentation to their first record, SOUTHPAWS UNITE! Laurence/Zillion was asked to take part in an anti-war theatre collective, performing at Ann Arbor's Performance Network black box theatre, then still located on Washington Ave. What with Zillion's brand spanking new fascist manifesto "Southpaws Unite! Have we not the right?!?" what greater opportunity could there be?
LARYNX ZILLION'S NOVELTY SHOP, now having completely materialized both in recording and performance, continued on in several different line ups for a good 7 years. Not unlike Adam and the Ants, their running lyrical themes centered on clean living and raw sex, with plenty of comic overtone. The music, heavy handed in the drum department, was true percussive madness at it's absolute utmost. One might even go so far as to suggest YOU do the math if it weren't so cruel.
"When the band finally broke up in 1997, I thought to myself, now, I can die..."
(and you can quote Zillion on that)