Brian Baker (musician)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Brian Baker



Img_capt = Brian Baker playing with Bad Religion live in Englishtown, NJ, for the 2007 Warped Tour.
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Instrument = Guitar, Bass Guitar,
Genre = Hard rock, hardcore punk, heavy metal, punk rock
Occupation = Guitarist, songwriter
Years_active = 1980–present
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Associated_acts = Minor Threat, Samhain, Dag Nasty, The Meatmen, Bad Religion, Government Issue, Junkyard
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Notable_instruments = Gibson Les Paul

Brian Baker (born February 25, 1965) is an American punk rock musician. He is best known as one of the founding members of the hardcore punk band Minor Threat, and as a guitarist in Bad Religion since 1994 alongside Greg Hetson and later Brett Gurewitz as well. In Minor Threat he originally played bass guitar before switching to guitar in 1982 when Steve Hansgen joined the band, and then moved back to bass after Hansgen's departure. He also founded Dag Nasty in 1985, was part of the original line-up of Samhain, and has had stints in Doggy Style, The Meatmen (with fellow Minor Threat member Lyle Preslar), Government Issue, and Junkyard (a hard rock band).

In 1994, he was offered a touring spot with R.E.M. but declined, opting instead to join Bad Religion as Brett Gurewitz's replacement. In early 2000, he was asked to join Guns n' Roses by Axl Rose but he declined, saying that he would stay in Bad Religion no matter how much money he was offered. He has also in the past experimented with a more pop direction influenced by U2, with a band called 400. Baker briefly toured with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes in 2005 and appeared on Canadian punk band Penelope's second album ("Face au silence du monde").

Discography

Bad Religion

*"The Gray Race" (1996)
*"Tested" (1997)
*"No Substance" (1998)
*"The New America" (2000)
*"The Process of Belief" (2002)
*"The Empire Strikes First" (2004)
*"New Maps of Hell" (2007)
*"TBA" (2009) [ [http://www.punknews.org/article/29193 Punknews.org - Bad Religion looks ahead to 2009 album] ]

Dag Nasty

*"Can I Say" (1986)
*"Wig Out at Denko's" (1987)
*"Field Day" (1988)
*"Four on the Floor" (1992)
*"Minority of One" (2002)

Minor Threat

*"Minor Threat" (1981)
*"In My Eyes" (1981)
*"Out of Step" (1983)
*"Salad Days" (1985)
*"Complete Discography" (1989)

Junkyard

*"Junkyard" - 1989
*"Sixes, Sevens & Nines" -1991
*"Shut Up - We're Trying To Practice!" - 2000
*"Tried and True" - 2003

The 10 commandments of punk guitar

Along with Greg Hetson of Bad Religion and Circle Jerks fame he compiled a list of 10 commandments of punk guitar. They are as follows:

*" Treat your guitar like shit and it will respect you.
*" To get that mean fuckin' low end and still retain some highs in your sound, use only Gibson guitars. SG's and Les Pauls are the ultimate punk rock tools.
*" Use only downstrokes. Downstrokes are the key to unlocking all punk rhythms.
*" Plaster your guitars with stickers to prove that you're an individual. Remember, being uncool is cool, so one Van Halen is worth three Sex Pistols stickers.
*" The Marshall JMP 100-Watt master volume head is the Holy Grail of amps. Other people get all hot and bothered about what kind of speakers and cabinets they use, but that's all bullshit. You can plug the JMP into virtually anything and it's going to sound wonderful.
*" No open tunings. Grunge is not punk rock.
*" Don't be self-indulgent. Limit your guitar solos to eight bars or less. Otherwise, you're playing metal.
*" Never, ever play a show with a cigarette hanging out of your mouth. It's incredibly painful when a stage diver pushes off your face and smashes the red-hot cherry into your cheek.
*" It may be punk to be fucked up at your day job, but when you take the stage you should be straight. It's hard to play music with intensity and speed when you're drunk.
*" Do not stack Marshall cabinets. That's not punk, it's arena rock. The Ramones are the only band exempted from this rule.

References

* [http://www.expressnightout.com/content/2007/07/vans_warped_tour_bad_religion.php Long Baker interview with the Washington Post's Express]

ources

* by Steven Blush 336 pages Feral House
* [http://www.misfitscentral.com MisfitsCentral.com]
* [http://www.thebrpage.net The Bad Religion Page]
* [http://www.bad-religion.net Bad Religion Tribute ] All About Bad Religion
* [http://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVES/2002/011702/music4.html] Montreal Mirror


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