JAMES BAKER'S COMMENTS
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I met Ross and Lloyd in around 1974. I saw an ad in the music page [Ed note: The Sunday Times Classifieds Music section] asking for a copy of the MC5's Back In The USA. I had three copies, so I sold Ross one. Never thought any more of it.
I went to America and England in 76-77 and saw all the punk bands - Pistols, Ramones, Heartbreakers, Damned...you name it. I ran out of money and had to come home.
Determined to play in a punk band, I saw an ad for a singer (I thought anyone could sing punk). They were into The Ramones, MC5 and Stooges. I failed the audition, but took over the drum stool - something I could do. We played Blitzkreig Bop. Lloyd, Ross and Rudolph V liked the drumming, and I liked the style, songs and energy.
We started writing songs and rehearsing and were starting to sound great. I think we started out in Ross's room, but we moved to a hall and did some recording in Scarborough. I hadn't heard the tape for 30 years, and when I did it reminded me of how good it was. A lot of the songs went on to be played in The Victims. Flipped Out Over You, High School Girls, Disco Junkies, TV Freak - all were penned by me and Ross...not what it says on The Victims' credits. Also, I'm Looking For You and Teenage Dreamer from the early Scientists.
I was disappointed that we didn't play publicly, so left to join The Victims.
The Geeks [Ed. note: Actually, it was The Orphans] played their first gig at the last Victims gig at Perth's only ever punk rock festival. They blew every band, including The Victims, off the stage. I think they changed their name to The Orphans. They remain a great rock and roll band.
James Baker's Response to Dave Faulkner's Letter:
I met Dave Faulkner at the City Hotel on my way home from a Geeks rehearsal. We talked about the Ramones, and I told him I was in a punk band (I was referring to The Geeks, although the band had not settled on a name). I told him we were looking for a second guitar player and to come down and have a listen. He didn't like it. He did not come down to "check out" Rudolph V, who was a great punk bassist.
I got frustrated
with the Geeks because they did not want to play live.
[Ed note: Two of the
band members, Ross Buncle in particular, didn't think the band was ready to gig
publicly; there was certainly never a band policy not to play live, although
this may have been James' perception at the time].
I called Dave and said I'd like to form a punk band and that Rudolph was
interested. We rehearsed at Dave's parents' house in Rivervale. We
wrote our early songs there, we learnt the songs from a tape of The Geeks.
I had written the words and Ross had written the music. A lot of these
songs were recorded by the Victims. When Timberyard reissued All
Loud On The Western Front, the Geeks songs were registered by Dave as being
written by Baker/Faulkner.
November 24, 2005
|The Slick City Boys||1974-75||Rockin' Hendy (CD release imminent)|
|The Geeks||1977||The Painkillers (CD release imminent)|
|The Scientists||1978-82||CD release dates will be announced here as soon as known.|
|The Hoodoo Gurus||1983||Both CDs will be available for order from this site, with MP3|
|The Beasts Of Bourbon||1983-85; 1988-90||samples for those who like to taste before they buy.|
|The James Baker Experience||1985-86||[Note from Editor, November 2005]|
|The Eternal Teenagers||1986|
|The Satellite Five||?|
|The Blowup Dolls||?|
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