REVIEWS


      1990's Reviews

"... Might best be described as Disneyland on fast forwards, spinning out of control ..."

"... Ann Arbor's Mothers of Invention ..."
" ... The perfect gift for anyone who thinks Ann Arbor has grown boring and artistically safe ..." 
"... Four Stars: David Bowie at his most glam and experimental ..."
"... Bands are often described as having a unique sound.  Zillion has really created a new, s
trange, brilliant kind of sound ..."
"... An incredible, twisted work that will not be understood by the American 
listening public until late in the 21st century ..."
"... Science fiction psycho ward confessions of a religious vision with a band that crashes the wall at 180 MPH ..."
"... Absurdest rock akin to what you might imagine at the midway of carnival in a Ray Bradbury novel ..."
"... Some of the most multi-layered twistedly complex Rock & Roll to ever spring from this city ..."
"... Ann Arbor's only true genius ..."


 


BILL BROWN / Detroit Metro Times    March 7th 2016      
Capsulized Review of their three-song 45rpm "You're Driving Me Crazy!"

“Queen of Queens,” a catchy delightful rocker in the style of the Tubes, half-comic, half-serious song about the perils of a man loving a woman even more than Jesus Christ, and “Funny Bone,”
a razor-sharp and highly syncopated instrumental, and a high-speed, quirky, this-is-where-I’m-coming-from cover of the MC5’s proto-punk classic “Human Being Lawnmower.”



SOUTHPAWS UNITE!   Larboard Mix    Released June 1990

One-Song 6" Transparent blue picture-disc flexi (w/postcard and Collector's Edition sticker)
The pre-release for their upcoming E.P. under the name, Southpaws Unite! The Collection 
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music
1,000 copies pressed

REVIEWS

CURRENT / Music Scene Ann Arbor Michigan April 1991
“...the perfect gift for anyone who thinks Ann Arbor has grown boring and artistically safe...”
RHINO GAZZETTE Austin Texas May 1991
“...according to old folklore, being left-handed is a sign of the devil, and this band, composed entirely of lefties, is definitely possessed...”
DECONTROL Deluth Georgia June 1991
“...might best be described as Disneyland on fast forwards, spinning out of control...”
Hit WCBN FM 88.3 Ann Arbor’s Top Ten Favorite List 1990




SOUTHPAWS UNITE!   The Collection   
Released February 1992
Six-Song  9” E.P. flexi (w/lyric sheet and No Right Turn sticker)
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music
1,000 copies

REVIEWS

RHINO GAZZETTE / Austin Texas  February 1992

“...QUEEN jamming with THE RESIDENTS...”
CURRENT / Local Music  Ann Arbor  March 1992
“...an incredible, twisted work that will probably not be understood by the American listening public until late in the 21st century...”
SPUN / Boston 1992
“...we're talking totally wigged-out music here. Obviously, Larynx Zillion is influenced by a plethora of eclectic sources
and the music reflects his love of weirdness. Sometimes you think you're stuck on a pirate ship with a bunch of psychotic
vaudevillians..."

WCBN FM 88.3 Ann Arbor’s Top Ten Favorite List 1992




SONGS OF RECOVERY 
~ from Anything or Anyone   
Released September 1992
Two-song  45 rpm 7” single on transparent yellow vinyl
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music
500 copies pressed

REVIEWS

ANN ARBOR NEWS / Rock Beat   March 1993
“....maniacal and absurd, this delightfully bizarre music sounds as if the town psychotic became the conductor of a carnival band. Real weird carnival music played at the wrong speed. Somehow just what you wanted to hear....”
CURRENT / Local Music Ann Arbor Michigan  April 1993
“...Larynx Zillion's Novelty Shop's new 7" single laughs in the face of CD technology as well as artistic convention by Ann Arbor’s only true genius...”




SOUTHPAWS UNITE!   The Complete Collection   
Released 1995
A rerelease of SOUTHPAWS UNITE! The Collection on cassette format with two bonus tracks from the same sessions.
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music
Only a small handful were duped

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NO REVIEWS
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QUEEN OF QUEENS   
Released May 1996
Four-song “special-mix” E.P. cassette                                                                                                        
Preview for upcoming full-length double-feature HOTTER THAN THE DICKENS! (never came to fruition)
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music
Only a small handful were duped

REVIEWS

ANN ARBOR NEWS / Rock Beat  May 1996
“... ****
  David Bowie at his most glam and experimental...”
AGENDA / The View From Nowhere Ann Arbor Michigan  June 1996
"...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, assuming solar power tape players still exist, the complex, intense, other-centuries-to-come creations of Ann Arbor genius/legend/artist Larynx Zillion’s Novelty Shop. Fortunately for us in 1996, Mr. Z has just released a four-tune tape/remix of some of the most multi-layered, twistedly complex rock and roll to ever spring form this city. The recording, "Queen of Queens" is like nothing you're going to hear. Simple as that. Whether it's the Jesus Christ Superstar opera meets Frank Zappa and Chuck Berry of the anthem-like title track, the Steve Reichian time signatures and stereo headphone freakout of the instrumental Funnybone, or the science fiction psycho ward confession of a religious vision with tons of vocal reverb and a band that crashes the wall at 180 MPH, on the ironic I Feel Fine, Zillion is a master of bizarre timing, maniacal ravings and guitar solos from all-night radio stations, blasting from the boomboxes of hell. Whether this is your cup of cappuccino, who knows? But in a world where most “rock and roll” 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...”
ANN ARBOR OBSERVER
“...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..." 


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MISC. QUOTES

January 1997   
"... Going out like nobodies business" was The Shop's motto, as it was never clear exactly who Larynx Zillion was, at any given time.  There seemed to always be well over a gazillion sides to any coin he spent ..."  Producer, Laurence Bond

 April 2005
"... Larynx Zillion was the cat they let out of the bag. He is in fact the one who so thankfully swallowed the canary, without coughing it back up..."  
Anonymous

Fall 2006 
"... There was talk of reforming a revised faction of the band to simply shoot a 30 min. music performance video entitled YOUR MOTHER WEARS COMBAT BOOTS, along with a CD release from their "Hotter Than The Dickens" recording sessions.  Sadly, this did not come about ..."  
Producer, Laurence Bond

February 2015
"... Performing in The Novelty Shop is like getting away with murder without actually killing anyone ..."  
Larynx Zillion