Game Theory/Loud Family genius created some of the alterna-pop universe’s most enduring records.
By Fred Mills
Said, awful news began circulating last night: Scott Miller, the pop auteur behind Game Theory/Loud Family passed away this week, April 15. No cause of death has been disclosed as of this writing. At the official website www.LoudFamily.com webmaster Sue Trowbridge wrote a passionate remembrance of Miller:
“I wish it weren’t true, but as much as it pains me to write these words, Scott passed away on April 15, 2013. He was a wonderful, loyal friend as well as a brilliant musician, and I will miss him for the rest of my life.
“Scott had been planning to start recording a new Game Theory album, Supercalifragile, this summer, and was looking forward to getting back into the studio and reuniting with some of his former collaborators.
“If listening to Scott’s own music is too painful for you right now, as it is for me, I can tell you that he absolutely loved David Bowie’s new album, The Next Day. He found Bowie’s late-career resurgence to be hugely inspirational. I’m sure that if there had been a 2013 chapter of Music: What Happened?, one of the songs from that album would have been right at the top.”
The family has made the out of print Game Theory albums available for free downloading – they currently command pretty high prices on eBay – and you can get them at download at Dropbox.com. Note that if bandwidth has been exceeded at that link, you can try https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2p8vfv4erg2wt7m/2ThWR5grr_ or simply click on any of these:
On a more personal note, I had the good fortune to be a fan of all of Scott’s work over the years, and the even better fortune to meet him a couple of times and occasionally correspond. Once, upon hearing about some comments I had made on a radio show about some of Game Theory’s backstory, he got in touch to gently chide me for not getting all my facts just right. “You know, Fred, all you had to do was just shoot me a quick note and I could have filled you in…” he said. And I duly promised to do so the next time. Unfortunately, now I’ll never get the chance for that “next time.” But I will definitely continue to sing the man’s praises any chance I get. He was a genius, pure and simple, and the world is a richer place for the music he put into it.
Below, revisit some of Miller’s magic…
(Game Theory, “Eric’s Word”)
(Game Theory, “One More for St. Michael”)
(Loud Family, “Don’t Respond She Can Tell”)
(Loud Family, “Soul Drain”)