Brian Baker (musician)

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Brian Baker
Baker performing with Bad Religion live in Los Angeles, California in 2019
Background information
Born (1965-02-25) February 25, 1965 (age 54)
GenresHardcore punk, punk rock
Occupation(s)Guitarist, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, vocals
Years active1980–present
LabelsDischord, Epitaph, Atlantic, Geffen
Associated actsMinor Threat, Samhain, Dag Nasty, The Meatmen, Bad Religion, Government Issue, Junkyard
Brian Baker playing on stage

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,[1] and as a guitarist in Bad Religion since 1994.[2] 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,[3] 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),[4] Government Issue,[5] and Junkyard (a hard rock band).[6]

In 1994 Baker was offered a spot as a touring musician with R.E.M. but declined, opting instead to accept a position in Bad Religion as Brett Gurewitz's replacement.[7] He has also experimented with a more pop direction influenced by U2, with a band called 400.[8] 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).[9]


Brian Baker (Left) with Bad Religion, 1995.

Bad Religion[edit]

Brian Baker, playing with Bad Religion, live in the Netherlands, 1995

Doggy Style[edit]

  • The Last Laugh (1986)

Dag Nasty[edit]

The Meatmen[edit]

Government Issue[edit]

  • Make An Effort EP (1982)

Minor Threat[edit]


  • Junkyard (1989)
  • Sixes, Sevens & Nines (1991)
  • Shut Up – We're Trying To Practice! (2000)
  • Tried and True (2003)
  • High Water (2017)

Further reading[edit]

  • Azerrad, Michael (2001). Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981–1991. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-78753-1.
  • Blush, Steven (2001). Petros, George (ed.). American Hardcore: A Tribal History. Feral House. ISBN 978-0-922915-71-2.
  • Cogan, Brian (2008). The Encyclopedia of Punk. Sterling. ISBN 978-1-4027-5960-4.


  1. ^ "Dischord Records: Minor Threat". Dischord Records. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Bad Religion – 30 Years". Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Dischord Records: Dag Nasty". Dischord Records. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Bio". The Meatmen. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Government Issue - Make An Effort EP". Discogs. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-28. Retrieved 2018-04-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005). New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Zonda Books Limited. p. 46. ISBN 0958268401.
  8. ^ 1989-2012, Mark Kennedy, copyright. "The 400 ::". Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Daghouse - Brianography". Retrieved 5 August 2018.