James Baker (musician)

James Baker (Musician)

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James Baker (musician)

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James Baker (born 7 March 1954) is a rock musician from Perth, Western Australia. He has drummed with, and was instrumental in the founding of several influential Australian bands including The Scientists, Le Hoodoo Gurus, Beasts of Bourbon, and The Dubrovniks.


Early days

Baker has named Ronnie Bond of The Troggs as the main influence on his drumming style. He first started drumming for a local Perth band, Black Sun (1973–1974), followed by The Slick City Boys (1974–1975). When he was 16 he travelled to the United States and England, where he was influenced by early live performances of The Ramones, Flamin' Groovies, The Dictators and Johnny Thunders. It was during these travels that he met Sid Vicious
 He also almost auditioned for  

Baker was a member in 1976 of protopunk band The Geeks, who are regarded as one of the first punk rock groups in Australia, although they played no gig and did not release any recorded material until fairly recently. After Dave Faulkner joined, the band became known as The Victims. Baker and Faulkner co-wrote the band's first single, "Television Addict", which is widely regarded as a classic and has featured on several punk compilations.

The Scientists

In May 1978 Baker joined another punk rock band, The Invaders, joining Kim Salmon (guitar, vocals), Roddy Radalj (guitar, vocals) and Boris Sujdovic (bass), replacing the bands original drummer, John Rowlings. With the inclusion of Baker, the band was renamed......
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