Reissues, Tracklist — July 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

Game Theory’s 1982 debut ‘Blaze of Glory’ to be reissued with 11 unreleased bonus tracks

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Omnivore Recordings will launch a new Game Theory reissue campaign this September with the first release of the band’s debut Blaze of Glory in its original form since the album’s original issue  in 1982, supplementing the 12-track record with 15 bonus tracks — including 11 previously unreleased recordings from the late Scott Miller’s personal archive.

Due out Sept. 2 on CD and vinyl, the 27-track release will be the first in a series of expanded Game Theory reissues from Omnivore, with 1985’s Real Nighttime and 1987’s Lolita Nation among the titles to come.

Blaze of Glory has been out of print in its original form for decades; it was remixed and re-recorded as part of the similarly out-of-print 1993 compilation Distortion of Glory. The new reissue will include the full album remastered from the original tapes, plus 15 bonus tracks: four from Miller’s pre-Game Theory band Alternate Learning, and 11 from his archives (full tracklist below).

In the reissue’s liner notes, Game Theory bass player Fred Juhos says:

“The first record foreshadows Scott’s other recordings admirably. Within it, I hear some of Scott’s freshest material. It’s innocent and contains no hint of the jaded cynicism found in his later work.”

The LP release initially will be on pink vinyl, with black to follow, and will include a download card. Both the CD and vinyl release will include new liner notes by Game Theory tour manager Dan Vallor.

Miller, who fronted the ’80s college-rock favorites known for a sound somewhere between power pop and jangle pop, and, later, through much of the ’90s, The Loud Family, died in April 2013. With Game Theory, Miller released a string of well-received — by critics and adoring fans, if not the wider public — throughout the ’80s, peaking with 1986 single “Erica’s Word” and Lolita Nation.

Following Miller’s death, his webmaster had, for a time, offered up the full Game Theory catalog for free download, since the music had been out of print for so long.

Below, see a video trailer for the Blaze of Glory reissue and check out the full tracklist.



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Tracklist: Game Theory, Blaze of Glory

1. “Something To Show”
2. “Tin Scarecrow”
3. “White Blues”
4. “Date With An Angel”
5. “Mary Magdalene”
6. “The Young Drug”
7. “Bad Year At UCLA”
8. “All I Want Is Everything”
9. “Stupid Heart”
10. “Sleeping Through Heaven”
11. “It Gives Me Chills”
12. “The Girls Are Ready To Go”
Bonus tracks:
13. “Another Wasted Afternoon” – Alternate Learning
14. “What’s The Matter” – Alternate Learning
15. “Scott Miller Testing Laboratories: Record Test #1” – Scott Miller and Jozef Becker
16. “In The Still Of The Night” – Scott Miller
17. “Bad Year At UCLA” (Reprise)
18. “She’s A Woman Of The World” – Scott Miller
19. “Scott Miller Testing Laboratories: Record Test #2” – Scott Miller and Jozef Becker
20. “Beach State Rockking” – Alternate Learning
21. “Aliens In Our Midst”
22. “Untitled Piano Piece” – Scott Miller
23. “The New You” – Alternate Learning
24. “Scott Miller Testing Laboratories: Record Test #3” – Scott Miller and Jozef Becker
25. “Bad Year At UCLA” (Live)
26. “Scott Miller Testing Laboratories: Record Test #4” – Scott Miller and Jozef Becker
27. “Mary Magdalene” (Live)






  1. Very nice.

  2. Kentalope

    My uncle was the drummer in Game Theory, Michael Irwin. Awesome being able to grow up listening to him drum. He still rocks out and Ive had the pleasure of jamming with him on occasion (I play guitar)…particularly on a song we wrote on Thanksgiving one year about killing turkeys. Long live Game Theory!

  3. Cliff Hendroval

    Brilliant! While the early records are a little shaky in spots, by the time they get to “The Big Shot Chronicles”, Game Theory were making some of the best records of the ’80s.

  4. ‘Bad Year at UCLA’ is the prototypical Scott Miller song — wordy, witty, wistful and with a tune that will never leave your head. It’s good this material is getting back into circulation as it belongs, to celebrate this most uniquely gifted songwriter. Thank you, Scott, and RIP.

    • Just pre-ordered this through the Omnivore site — hope everyone else does too! It’s going to be a fantastic package.

  5. Patrick B


  6. l never felt there was anything original about the game theory i knew, except for certain songs and 2 actual band members and a lot of misinformation out there now about blaze of glory and how that record actually came about, how and where it was recorded. however my thots go out to his family.l hope this reissue is extremely successful, and credits are finally given to those that made it happen.

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