Scott Miller, the frontman for Game Theory and the Loud Family, died Monday, according to an announcement on the singer’s website. He was 53.
Webmaster Sue Trowbridge, who did not provide a cause of death, wrote, “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.”
Game Theory was a college-radio staple through much of the ’80s, especially among DJs who favored power-pop and jangle-rock acts like Big Star, R.E.M. and the dB’s. Miller formed the Loud Family in the ’90s and released half a dozen studio albums, starting with 1993’s Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things, produced by Mitch Easter, who also had produced Game Theory’s records.
In The Trouser Press Guide to ’90s Rock, Jason Cohen described Miller’s music for both bands as “poppy, post-modern, kaleidoscopic and nasty/sweet.” Robert Christgau called him “a prototypical ’80s rock artist — serious, playful, skillful, obscure, secondhand.”
In 2008, Miller began a blog called MUSIC: What Happened?, in which he wrote about his favorite music from the ’60s to the present. He eventually compiled those writings into a book.
Trowbridge has made six out-of-print Game Theory albums available as free downloads on Miller’s site. “My main goal is to prevent people from trying to capitalize by selling these long out of print albums for lots of money,” she writes. “I want everybody who would like to hear these albums to be able to do so without paying outrageous prices.”