In 1994, Saunders went into a Minneapolis drug rehabilitation facility, where he met Pearl Jam's Mike McCready. After completing treatment, Saunders and McCready returned to Seattle and formed a band called The Gacy Bunch, with vocalist Layne Staley and drummer Barrett Martin. They soon changed the band's name to Mad Season. Mad Season's acclaimed album, Above, released in 1995, was awarded a gold record for sales in the United States. It was the only album that Mad Season would record.
In 1997, when Mad Season vocalist Layne Staley left the band, the remaining members tried to revive the band by finding a new singer.
Saunders had a relapse with heroin and died on January 15, 1999 from an overdose.
^ ab"Baker Saunders". New York Times. 1999-01-26. Retrieved 2011-07-21. Saunders-Baker, 44, born September 23, 1954 in Montgomery, Alabama, died January 15, 1999. Survived by his father John Baker Saunders, his mother and stepfather Charleen and Peter Edge; his brother, Joseph H. (Katharine); his sister, Henrietta (Richard Day) Saunders and nephews and niece; Richard and Charlie Day, Joey and Julia Saunders and many friends. He attended North Shore Country Day School, Rye Country Day School, Fay School, Cabrillo College and Providence College. ...