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Brian Baker (musician)

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Brian Baker
Baker performing with Bad Religion in 2018
Baker performing with Bad Religion in 2018
Background information
Born (1965-02-25) February 25, 1965 (age 59)
GenresHardcore punk, punk rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Guitar, bass, vocals
Years active1980–present
LabelsDischord, Epitaph, Atlantic, Geffen

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 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] He has been a frequent guest guitarist on many songs and albums by artists as varied as Blood Bats, Tesco Vee, Ric Ocasek, Teenage Time Killers, Mind Over Four, Dangerous Toys, Pollen Art, Unwritten Law, Travis Cut, Lickity Split, Hot Water Music, Down By Law, Bash & Pop, Middle Aged Brigade, Careless, and many others.

The supergroup Foxhall Stacks, composed of Baker, Bill Barbot (Jawbox), Peter Moffett (Burning Airlines, Government Issue), and Jim Spellman (High Back Chairs, Velocity Girl) released their debut album, The Coming Collapse, in 2019.[10] Another supergroup, Fake Names, formed with vocalist Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, INVSN), guitarist Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish), bassist Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside), and drummer Matt Schulz (Enon, Lab Partners, Holy Fuck), began touring in 2018[11] and released a self-titled debut album in 2020.


Bad Religion[edit]

Doggy Style[edit]

  • The Last Laugh (1986)

Dag Nasty[edit]

The Meatmen[edit]

  • War of the Superbikes (1984)

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)
  • Faded/The River 7" (2015)
  • High Water (2017)
  • Old Habits Die Hard (2019)

Foxhall Stacks[edit]

  • The Coming Collapse (2019)

Beach Rats[edit]

  • Wasted Time 7" (2018)
  • Rat Beat (2022)

Fake Names[edit]

  • Fake Names (2020)
  • Fake Names EP (2021)

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 August 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Bad Religion – 30 Years". Badreligion.com. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Dischord Records: Dag Nasty". Dischord Records. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Bio". The Meatmen. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Government Issue - Make An Effort EP". Discogs. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "JUNKYARD [official] - About Junkyard". Archived from the original on October 28, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  7. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005). New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Zonda Books Limited. p. 46. ISBN 0958268401.
  8. ^ Kennedy, Mark. "The 400 :: MisfitsCentral.com". Misfitscentral.com. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "Daghouse - Brianography". Daghouse.com. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Foxhall Stacks • Punk Rock Theory". Punk Rock Theory. April 29, 2020. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  11. ^ Sacher, Andrew (December 19, 2018). "Fake Names (mem Refused, Minor Threat, Embrace) playing first show ever in NYC". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved January 16, 2023.