Brian Baker (musician)

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]

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 56)
GenresHardcore punk, punk rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, vocals
Years active1980–present
LabelsDischord, Epitaph, Atlantic, Geffen
Associated actsMinor Threat, Samhain, Dag Nasty, The Meatmen, Bad Religion, Government Issue, Junkyard

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.

In 2020, The band Fake Names, composed of Baker, Swedish vocalist Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, International noise conspiracy, INVSN), guitarist Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish) and bassist Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside), released its first album (self-titled).


Bad ReligionEdit

Doggy StyleEdit

  • The Last Laugh (1986)

Dag NastyEdit

The MeatmenEdit

  • War of the Superbikes (1984)

Government IssueEdit

  • Make an Effort EP (1982)

Minor ThreatEdit


  • 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 StacksEdit

  • The Coming Collapse (2019)

Beach RatsEdit

  • Wasted Time 7" (2018)

Fake NamesEdit

  • Fake Names (2020)

Further readingEdit

  • 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". 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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 28, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2018.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 August 5, 2018.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Daghouse - Brianography". Retrieved August 5, 2018.