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Game Theory began in 1982 in Sacramento, California. The band, which could be classified as a or group with both new wave keyboard touches and loose ties to the scene, was led by vocalist and guitarist Scott Miller (formerly of the band ALRN (aka. Alternate Learning). With his crystalline, if slightly adenoidal, voice, and apparently bottomless songwriting ability, Miller has often been compared to Alex Chilton of Big Star. Unfortunately his projects, like those of his hero (and many other cult musical figures), have never experienced much commercial success despite receiving almost universally positive reviews.

One critic, Joe S. Harrington, in his list of the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time (which included a broad range of artists (e.g. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, John Coltrane, Babatunde Olatunji and Public Enemy, to name just a few) called Miller “rock’s greatest artist ever, and its ONLY true living ‘genius.’” Game Theory’s best known album, 1987’s double LP Lolita Nation, earned 4th place in the list, while their next, Two Steps From the Middle Ages, took 12th. After that album’s commercial failure, Miller broke up the group at the turn of the decade and founded his next band, The Loud Family.


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  • macostarz

    In light of the recent reissues: if there's any band missing from Our Band Could Be Your Life, it's this one. So unique and unlike anything I've heard—good stuff. Especially The Big Shot Chronicles; it's one of the most underappreciated albums of the 80s.

    17 Apr 9:19pm Reply
  • aseriesofsneaks

    Omnivore Recordings will be reissuing the entire Game Theory catalog in expanded and remastered editions, starting with 'Blaze of Glory' on September 2. Details can be found here:

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • cathymerican

    Two months later and I still can't believe he's gone. Scott Miller wrote a LOT of my all time favorite songs.

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • pewpewlasers

    Scott was a really cool dude. His book was pretty insightful too.

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • edark86

    Still can't believe that Scott is no longer with us...

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • Gradio

    A scholarship fund has been established for Scott's daughters. Please click here if you would like to donate to it:

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • petewms

    Not only a genius musician, but a fine, fine person: humble/down-to-earth, funny, intelligent, thoughtful and generous. I am missing you, my friend.

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Giygaszor

    Also, for those of you who are interested, a good chunk of the Game Theory's discography is now available for free download on the Loud Family website, courtesy of the webmaster.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Giygaszor

    RIP, to a fantastic musician.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • stuart1861

    Scott, meet you on the other side of the river. Rest in Peace.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • IamFlood

    You'd think being awesome would get you more listeners.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mapref31n106w

    RIP Scott. Thanks for the beautiful music.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • rtrdd

    yeah, just found out. oh no... RIP... inspirational songwriter.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bumoncouch

    RIP scott miller. You deserved to be huge. America will rediscover your genius. thank you for all the great music

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Akayz7

    these guys are fantastic, such a shame they're a lost gem..

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Aesthethica

    probably my favorite band that I never tell anyone is my favorite band because they'll just be like "who...?"

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • FredSecunda

    Just started listening to Lolita Nation for the first time in my life. WOW.

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Seederman

    America's greatest mostly-forgotten group. A treasure trove of a discography for the bold...

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • stephanklaus

    Game Theory Group -

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • TVkinesis

    all this years wasted...

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
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