Reedición en el sello DIG THE FUZZ, con 13 canciones:
8 de 1965-1967
2 de 1968 como The Lavender Grove
3 grabadas en 1996, que se volvierona juntar para la ocasión
TONY BIRD gtr, vcls A B C D
TERRY BOYES vcls A
ALLEN JANAWAY bs A B C
JIM NELSON drms A B
TERRY SPENCER ld gtr A B C D
RAY CHARLESLY vcls B
TERRY GOODSELL drms C D
(TERRY BROWN drms C D)
STAN DECKER bs D
Line-up A: Pye 45; B: Decca 45; C: Parlophone 45s.
1 Gotta Keep On Moving Baby/But I Do (Pye 7N 15889) 1965
2 Gonna Get Me Someone/Gotta Wait (Decca F 12469) 1966
3 The Addicted Man/Help Me Mummy's Gone (Parlophone R 5553) 1967
4 It's Shocking What They Call Me/Help Me Mummy's Gone (Parlophone R 5569) 1967
NB: (3) withdrawn. There's also an Oak acetate of The Addicted Man dating from 3 December 1966.
The Game formed in Mitcham, Surrey, in 1964. Terry Spencer and Allen Janaway had earlier played together in a group called The Secrets, along with future occasional member Terry Brown. Mod-popsters Game had a brief liaison with Kenny Lynch (the black Cockney entertainer) and then signed to the Original Sound Productions management agency and production company, which consisted of Mitcham songwriters Lesley Blake, Alan Gowing and Terry Brown.
Their debut for Pye, Gotta Keep On Moving Baby, was a reasonable beat-pop effort. Its sales were disappointing, though, and the band switched to Decca and to be relaunched by that label for their promising Who-influenced mod-pop 45, Gonna Get Me Someone. The flip side, Gotta Wait, was basically a pop-art effort. Although the single didn't chart it impressed and they may have been on the brink of success when Parlophone withdrew The Addicted Man after it was voted a 'miss' on 'Juke Box Jury'. They recorded It's Shocking What They Call Me instead in a day and this was a great slice of psychedelia, but by now the momentum was lost. For me, though, their finest moment was Help Me Mummy's Gone, with it's great guitar riffs which recall The Who and The Creation.
For the Parlophone 45s Tony Bird had switched from rhythm guitar to lead vocals. Tony Bird, who was only 14 when the group were formed, was later in an obscure seventies outfit Kind Hearts and English and may have also done some solo recordings. Terry Spencer and Stan Decker were later in Lavender Grove, who recorded an acetate for Oak. Later in 1969 they were in an Underground group called Grail, who recorded an album for the German Metronome label (MLP 15393) 1971 that was produced by Rod Stewart. The album, which was only issued in Germany and France, is now extremely collectable.
Game have recently reformed with a line-up of Tony Bird (vcls, gtr), Terry Brown (drms), Allen Janaway (bs) and Terry Spencer (lead gtr). At the time of writing a new 45, Still On The Game, their first since 1967, was due for release on Grass records. Thanks to Alan Gowing, who wrote the music to Addicted Man and It's Shocking What They Call Me for some of this info.