The Game

From: Mitcham, Surrey, England

The Game formed in Mitcham, Surrey, in 1964. The original lineup consisted of Tony Bird (guitar, vocals), Terry Boyes (vocals), Allen Janaway (bass), Jim Nelson (drums), and Terry Spencer (lead guitar). Spencer and Janaway had previously played together in a group called The Secrets.

The band’s debut single, “Gotta Keep On Moving Baby,” was recorded for the Pye label in 1965. While the song was a reasonably strong beat-pop effort, sales were disappointing and the band switched over to Decca for their second single. “Gonna Get Me Someone”/”Gotta Wait” is a pop-art effort, and although it didn’t chart it impressed critics. For their third and fourth singles, The Game signed on with Parlophone. They were on the brink of success when they released “The Addicted Man,” but lost momentum after it was voted a ‘miss’ on ‘Juke Box Jury’. Instead, the band recorded “It’s Shocking What They Call Me” in a day, and released it as their fourth single.

Tony Bird, who was only 14 when the band formed, later performed in an obscure seventies band Kind Hearts and English and may have also done some solo recordings. Terry Spencer and Stan Decker were later in Lavender Grove. In 1969, the two were also a part of the underground group Grail, whose self-titled album was recorded on the German Metronome label in 1971. The album was produced by Rod Stewart and is now extremely collectable.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1965 single Pye 7N 15899

  • Gotta Keep On Moving Baby

From the 1965 single Decca F 12469

  • Gonna Get Me Someone
  • Gotta Wait

From the 1967 single Parlophone R5553

  • Help Me Mummy’s Gone