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Toy Killers

The Toy Killers were founded in New York City during the late '70s by percussionists Mark E. Miller and Charles K. Noyes. While better known to many listeners for their appearances on recordings by the likes of John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Elliott Sharp, among others, Miller and Noyes also gained notoriety for their wild and unpredictable live performances under the Toy Killers name. Firecrackers and other explosives often featured in these largely improvised performances, which took place at downtown New York venues such as the Kitchen and Miller's own venue, Mort's Social Club (also know ...read more

The Toy Killers were founded in New York City during the late '70s by percussionists Mark E. Miller and Charles K. Noyes. While better known to many listeners for their appearances on recordings by the likes of John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Elliott Sharp, among others, Miller and Noyes also gained notoriety for their wild and unpredictable live performances under the Toy Killers name. Firecrackers and other explosives often featured in these largely improvised performances, which took place at downtown New York venues such as the Kitchen and Miller's own venue, Mort's Social Club (also known as MortSocial and Studio Henry at various points). The group's lineup featured a revolving door of talented noisemakers: Sharp, Arto Lindsay, Thi-Linh Le, and Nicky Skopelitis on guitars; Wayne Horvitz and Michael Beinhorn on keyboards; Laswell on bass; and Zorn on saxophone and game calls, to name just some of the contributors. « hide

Similar Bands: DNA, Bill Laswell, Elliott Sharp, John Zorn

LPs
My Name Is Dirtier
2015

Compilations
The Unlistenable Years
2008

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2 Votes

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