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Big Shot Chronicles
Game Theory
Big Shot Chronicles
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Game Theory
Title: Big Shot Chronicles
Members Wishing: 10
Total Copies: 0
Label: Alias Records
Release Date: 8/2/1993
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative, Power Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093716004622

CD Reviews

Pop Rocks
c_rosevear | Olympia, WA United States | 06/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Like the Beatles, I've somehow managed to write lyrics a lot of people think have hidden meaning to be deciphered, but I've done it without any of the burdensome worldwide superstardom the Beatles had to put up with." -Scott Miller, Game Theory frontman on his lyrics to "Regenisraen."Cryptic lyrics are only part of the charm of this 1986 release. "Big Shot Chronicles" is a strange mixture of youthful angst, nervously beautiful poetry, personal politics and warm milk. In 1987 I purchased this album on cassette tape, and played it continuously until it was worn out from use. Then I bought another copy (this time on CD)."Big Shot Chronicles" continues to be my favorite album from Game Theory, and holds definite appeal to anyone who enjoys high energy, brightly-presented pop. The album starts with a jarring anthem, "Here It Is Tomorrow" then eases into the sweetly self-recriminating "Where You Going Northern." The transition illustrates Game Theory's talent for entertaining through testimonial and confession. "Regenisraen" is a beautifully obtuse ballad, while the "Book of Millionaires" is cynical and moody. However, my favorite would have to be "Like a Girl Jesus," a strange little love song.Worldwide superstardom may not have been the fate of Game Theory, but this album will always be an important part of this reviewer's personal soundtrack. This album is becoming more difficult to find; I recommend you grab a copy if you can find it, and listen to it several times before developing your own opinion."
When there was still hope for rock 'n roll.....
J. McDonald | 12/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first heard Game Theory when I purchased an old various artists LP called "the enigma variations". Soon after that I went out and purchased this release (which wasn't easy to find).

Once you hear this CD you'll get excited that you've found something very wonderful, then you might also find yourself feeling a bit sad. Sad because this incredible collection of songs fell on deaf ears when released, and also because it shines a light on the fact that most current pop/rock music isn't a tenth as inventive or original as the material released by Game Theory.

There's really nothing I can say to make you understand what Game Theory is, I can only say that one day you'll probably own this CD and say to yourself "Wow, how did ANYONE ever miss this group?"

A power-pop masterpiece
J. McDonald | 04/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Though many Game Theory fans may prefer the earlier albums, "The Big Shot Chronicles" is clearly the band's finest outing. From the opening cut, it's an impressive effort and Scott Miller and company do not disappoint. The jangling guitars and Miller's high-pitched vocals weave a tapestry of power pop. It's a bit psychedelic, a bit folk, a bit garage thrown together and brilliantly produced by yet another whiney singer-songwriter--Mitch Easter. The sad part is, "Chronicles" should've been Game Theory's breakthrough album. Its follow-up, the eclectic "Lolita Nation," buried its gems in a mountain of Revolution #9ish loops, clever titles, and song snippets--all hinting at what this band could've been. It saddens me that so many haven't heard "Chronicles." Perhaps, some enlightened filmmaker will slip a few of its cuts into his next movie and fuel some new interest in this classic."