I started a slow-burn Twitter project a couple days ago that I'm calling "SuprCaliFragile". Not a lot to it, really. I'm simply tweeting a single song a week from not-legendary-and-it's-a-crime singer/songwriter Scott Miller. His bands Game Theory and The Loud Family put out some amazing pop music in the 80's and 90's but were largely ignored by the public. Who?
Game Theory was a 1980s power pop band, founded by singer/songwriter Scott Miller, combining melodic jangle pop with dense experimental production and hyperliterate lyrics. MTV described their sound as "still visceral and vital" in 2013, with records "full of sweetly psychedelic-tinged, appealingly idiosyncratic gems" that continued "influencing a new generation of indie artists." In September 2014, Omnivore Recordings released the first of a series of remastered reissues of the entire Game Theory catalog.
Miller was the group's leader and sole constant member, presiding over frequently changing line-ups. During its early years in Davis, California, Game Theory was often associated with the Paisley Underground movement, but remained based in northern California, moving to the Bay Area in 1985, while similarly aligned local bands moved to Los Angeles.
Game Theory released seven LPs and EPs from 1982 to 1990, not including three compilations. The group became known for its fusion of catchy musical hooks with musical complexity, as well as for Miller's lyrics that often featured self-described "young-adult-hurt-feeling-athons," along with literary references (e.g., Real Nighttime's allusions to James Joyce), and pop culture references ranging from Peanuts ("The Red Baron") to Star Trek quotes ("One More for St. Michael").