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Game Theory: Lolita Nation [Deluxe Edition] [Digipak]

Track List

>Kenneth, What's the Frequency?
>Not Because You Can
>Shard
>Go Ahead, You're Dying To
>Dripping with Looks
>Exactly What We Don't Want to Hear
>We Love You Carol and Alison
>Waist and the Knees, The
>Nothing New
>World's Easiest Job, The
>Look Away
>Slip
>Real Shelia, The
>Andy in Ten Years
>Watch Who You're Calling Space Garbage Meteor Mouth/Pretty Green Card Shark
>Where They Have to Let You In
>Turn Me on Dead Man
>Mammoth Gardens
>Little Ivory
>Museum of Hopelessness
>Toby Ornette
>All Clockwork and No Bodily Fluids Makes Hal a Dull Humbert/In Heaven Every Elephant Baby Wants to Be So Full of Sting...
>One More for Saint Michael
>Choose Between Two Sons
>Chardonnay
>Last Day That We're Young
>Together Now, Very Minor
>Chardonnay [Long Version] - (previously unreleased)
>Dripping with Looks [Rough Mix w/Alternate Vocal] - (remix, previously unreleased, alternate take)
>One More for Saint Michael [Live] - (previously unreleased, live)
>Carrie Anne [Live] - (previously unreleased, live)
>Waist and the Knees [Rehearsal Demo], The - (previously unreleased)
>Tiny Steps [Radio Session] - (previously unreleased, live)
>We Love You Carol and Alison [Radio Session] - (previously unreleased, live)
>Gimme Danger [Radio Session] - (previously unreleased, live)
>Love Will Tear Us Apart [Live] - (live)
>Andy in Ten Years [Rough Mix w/Alternate Vocal] - (remix, previously unreleased, alternate take)
>Candidate [Live] - (previously unreleased, live)
>Little Ivory [Rehearsal Demo] - (previously unreleased)
>These Things Take Time [Radio Session] - (previously unreleased, live)
>Roadrunner [Live] - (previously unreleased, live)
>One More for Saint Michael [Rough Mix w/Alternate Vocal] - (remix, previously unreleased, alternate take)
>God Save the Queen [Radio Session] - (previously unreleased, live)
>Drive-In Saturday [Radio Session] - (previously unreleased, live)
>Public Image [Live] - (previously unreleased, live)
>Waist and the Knees [Rough Mix w/ Alternate Vocal], The - (remix, previously unreleased, alternate take)
>Together Now, Very Minor [Radio Session] - (previously unreleased, live)
>Choose Between Two Sons - (previously unreleased)

Album Notes

2 LPs on 1 CD.

Personnel: Donnette Thayer, Scott Miller (vocals, guitar); Gil Ray (guitar, drums, background vocals); Shelley LaFreniere (synthesizer, background vocals); Guillaume Gassuan (background vocals).

Liner Note Authors: Dan Vallor; Will Sheff.

Recording information: CD Studios, San Francisco, CA (01/27/1988); Los Medanos College Studio, Pittsburg, CA (01/27/1988); Rehearsal, San Francisco, CA (01/27/1988); Satnford University, Palo Alto, CA (01/27/1988); Studio B, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA (01/27/1988); The Berkeley Square, Berkeley, CA (01/27/1988); The I-Beam, San Francisco (01/27/1988); The Rat, Boston, MA (01/27/1988); CD Studios, San Francisco, CA (03/24/1988); Los Medanos College Studio, Pittsburg, CA (03/24/1988); Rehearsal, San Francisco, CA (03/24/1988); Satnford University, Palo Alto, CA (03/24/1988); Studio B, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA (03/24/1988); The Berkeley Square, Berkeley, CA (03/24/1988); The I-Beam, San Francisco (03/24/1988); The Rat, Boston, MA (03/24/1988); CD Studios, San Francisco, CA (08/22/1987); Los Medanos College Studio, Pittsburg, CA (08/22/1987); Rehearsal, San Francisco, CA (08/22/1987); Satnford University, Palo Alto, CA (08/22/1987); Studio B, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA (08/22/1987); The Berkeley Square, Berkeley, CA (08/22/1987); The I-Beam, San Francisco (08/22/1987); The Rat, Boston, MA (08/22/1987); CD Studios, San Francisco, CA (10/02/1986); Los Medanos College Studio, Pittsburg, CA (10/02/1986); Rehearsal, San Francisco, CA (10/02/1986); Satnford University, Palo Alto, CA (10/02/1986); Studio B, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA (10/02/1986); The Berkeley Square, Berkeley, CA (10/02/1986); The I-Beam, San Francisco (10/02/1986); The Rat, Boston, MA (10/02/1986); CD Studios, San Francisco, CA (10/07/1988); Los Medanos College Studio, Pittsburg, CA (10/07/1988); Rehearsal, San Francisco, CA (10/07/1988); Satnford University, Palo Alto, CA (10/07/1988); Studio B, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA (10/07/1988); The Berkeley Square, Berkeley, CA (10/07/1988); The I-Beam, San Francisco (10/07/1988); The Rat, Boston, MA (10/07/1988); CD Studios, San Francisco, CA (12/14/1987); Los Medanos College Studio, Pittsburg, CA (12/14/1987); Rehearsal, San Francisco, CA (12/14/1987); Satnford University, Palo Alto, CA (12/14/1987); Studio B, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA (12/14/1987); The Berkeley Square, Berkeley, CA (12/14/1987); The I-Beam, San Francisco (12/14/1987); The Rat, Boston, MA (12/14/1987); CD Studios, San Francisco, CA (12/21/1985); Los Medanos College Studio, Pittsburg, CA (12/21/1985); Rehearsal, San Francisco, CA (12/21/1985); Satnford University, Palo Alto, CA (12/21/1985); Studio B, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA (12/21/1985); The Berkeley Square, Berkeley, CA (12/21/1985); The I-Beam, San Francisco (12/21/1985); The Rat, Boston, MA (12/21/1985); CD Studios, San Francisco, CA (1986); Los Medanos College Studio, Pittsburg, CA (1986); Rehearsal, San Francisco, CA (1986); Satnford University, Palo Alto, CA (1986); Studio B, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA (1986); The Berkeley Square, Berkeley, CA (1986); The I-Beam, San Francisco (1986); The Rat, Boston, MA (1986); CD Studios, San Francisco, CA (1987); Los Medanos College Studio, Pittsburg, CA (1987); Rehearsal, San Francisco, CA (1987); Satnford University, Palo Alto, CA (1987); Studio B, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA (1987); The Berkeley Square, Berkeley, CA (1987); The I-Beam, San Francisco (1987); The Rat, Boston, MA (1987).

Photographer: Robert Toren.

Game Theory leader Scott Miller has never made much of a secret of his fondness for Big Star, but while Real Nighttime favored the sound of #1 Record and The Big Shot Chronicles suggested the harder-edged tone of Radio City, Lolita Nation sounded like Game Theory's variation on the themes of Big Star's masterfully damaged swan song, Third/Sister Lovers. Certainly Game Theory's most ambitious album, Lolita Nation was a two-LP set that combined some of Miller's most user-friendly power pop with dark, moody ruminations on betrayal, failed love, and mortality, bursts of avant-garde noise, and fragments of unclassifiable studio doodling, all thrown into a sonic Cuisinart through Miller's aggressive use of aural montage. Lolita Nation is more than a bit disorienting on first listen, though it finds the band playing at the top of their form on challenging material (new guitarist Donnete Thayer makes an impressive debut), and there are more than a few flat-out brilliant tracks (such as "Chardonnay," "The Waist and the Knees," and "The Real Shelia") alongside such head-scratchers as "Turn Me on Dead Man," "Watch Who You're Calling Space Garbage Meteor Mouth," and the 22nd track (which stubbornly defies titling). Taken as a whole and given time to fully absorb, Lolita Nation is probably Game Theory's finest and most impressive album, though it's also the worst place for a beginner to start examining their work. ~ Mark Deming



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