Game Theory was an early-'80s Paisley Underground movement band whose members were from both Davis and Sacramento and which formed after the break up of local band Alternate Learning. The band often toured with fellow Davis musicians, Dream Syndicate and Thin White Rope.

Game Theory's first album, Blaze of Glory, was a limited printing of only 500 copies and was sent out to college radio stations wrapped in trash bags. The band went on to release two EPs, including Pointed Accounts of People You Know (with the track "Metal and Glass Exact" that is featured on Davis Wiki Dot Org Slash Music). After obtaining major label distribution on Enigma Records, they released four more studio albums in the 1980s, including Real Nighttime (1985), and the critically acclaimed 1987 double album Lolita Nation, which was reissued on CD in 2016.

The original Davis-based line-up broke up in 1985, and the group's frontman and songwriter, Scott Miller, continued with a new line-up in San Francisco until 1990, when he started The Loud Family.

Learn about other local musicians who've left a significant musical impression on our page of Significant Davis Bands.