Game Theory – Across the Barrier of Sound

Game Theory’s run of hooky, heady and slightly off-kilter power pop extended from 1982-90, drawing the curtain with something that qualified as neither a bang nor a whimper. The quartet, which honed its attack using guitars and keyboards in equal measure, had always been a revolving cast of players centered on curly-haired savant Scott Miller.… Continue reading Game Theory – Across the Barrier of Sound

Salt – The Loneliness of Clouds

Salt’s origin story is a fascinating one, even if it’ll likely resonate with only a select demographic. The Paris-centric band’s formation is a thin silver lining to emerge from the 2013 suicide of Game Theory/Loud Family mastermind Scott Miller. Miller’s widow enlisted Ken Stringfellow for an unusually heavy lift as producer – interrogating hundreds of… Continue reading Salt – The Loneliness of Clouds

Game Theory – Supercalifragile

The term “bittersweet” crosses my mind repeatedly when listening to this posthumous collection from Scott Miller. Miller, whose unusually heady brand of power pop was a reliable presence through the ’80s and ’90s as the mastermind behind Game Theory and later Loud Family, had become less prolific in his later years – his last release,… Continue reading Game Theory – Supercalifragile

Don’t All Thank Me At Once

Don’t All Thank Me At Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller By Brett Milano [125 Books] “Scott Warren Miller, unsung master songwriter, chose to end his life on April 15, 2013.” That’s the first line of Brett Milano’s labor-of-love biography of Game Theory/Loud Family frontman Scott Miller. It’s some groundbreaking journalism, too. Until… Continue reading Don’t All Thank Me At Once

Home Blitz – Foremost and Fair

In the late ’80s, mounting an impassioned defense of pet band Game Theory, I declared in a ridiculously obscure fanzine, “In ten years’ time, once you’ve all realized Scott Miller is the greatest pop genius since Alex Chilton….” This is not an I Told You So, because I was wrong – It took 25 years,… Continue reading Home Blitz – Foremost and Fair

Game Theory – Blaze of Glory

Scott Miller spent the ‘80s creating brilliant college rock with Game Theory, and then he spent the ‘90s creating brilliant college rock with The Loud Family, and then he went into the new millennium being forced to use the Loud Family name for a shared 2006 pop project with Anton Barbeau before compiling some brilliant… Continue reading Game Theory – Blaze of Glory