Listen to Game Theory’s First Song In More Than 20 Years — Featuring Aimee Mann

Listen to Game Theory’s First Song In More Than 20 Years — Featuring Aimee Mann

Today, TIDAL has a bit of music history to share with you: a new track from power pop mainstay, Game Theory, featuring the incomparable Aimee Mann.

The song comes courtesy of Ken Stringfellow of the Posies, Big Star and R.E.M. (among several other projects), who teamed up with Game Theory mastermind Scott Miller’s widow Kristine to produce his posthumous record, Supercalifragile. That album will be out August 24 on Bandcamp and physical formats, but today Stringfellow shares with us this gorgeous cut.

Stringfellow wrote a bit about how the project came to be below:

 

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Hyper-intellectual pop mastermind Scott Miller formed the band Game Theory in 1982 in Davis, California. After five highly acclaimed albums, the band went dormant in 1990. In 2009, Scott reached out to me and proposed working together on a reboot of Game Theory, drawing in a few of Scott’s favorite artists to have ‘spheres of influence’ on what would be a highly collaborative album. I, an avid fan of the group and close friend of Scott’s, readily agreed, and awaited further instructions. 

Sadly, they never came; in 2013, Scott died suddenly and unexpectedly. Up until his death, he had been working on material, but nothing was completed. Scott’s wife, Kristine, asked me to finally see the album through. 

It was not an easy task. A few studio recordings had been done here and there, but many of the songs existed only as a series of fragments — audio/lyric memos on various computers and phones, and a few handwritten notes.

Based on Scott’s original wishes, I gathered a series of Scott’s closest collaborators and friends — Mitch Easter, producer of Game Theory’s original 1980s albums; the Posies’ Jon Auer; Nada Surf/Guided by Voices guitarist Doug Gillard; Peter Buck of REM; Will Sheff of Okkervil River; Ted Leo; as many of Scott’s former bandmates as could be found and more to make Supercalifragile — Game Theory’s first album in almost twenty years. 

‘No Love is collaboration with Aimee Mann, a touching meditation on the impossible nature of love and its many disappointments.

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