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David Baker (or, when Mercury Rev were good…)

Remember when Mercury Rev were good? Remember David Baker? Baker left Mercury Rev around 94ā€¦ and oh what a loss he was (although I am quite fond of See You on the Other Side… but that’s as far as it goes). He made one more record under the moniker, Shady, with contributions from the likes of Martin Carr from The Boo Radleys and Jimi Shields. For some reason with all the musings about lost Irish bands (Rollerskate Skinny being one) I felt drawn to Baker again. People often talk about Kevin Shield’s genius. Is Baker another lost genius?

Narcotic Candy – Shady

Chasing a bee – Mercury Rev

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  1. Just checked the mercury rev web site, and it says he left for ‘musical differences’. I love that one! Says he’s now working as a studio engineer in Chicago. Pity he stopped recording.

    http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608002576/Mercury-Rev.html/

    Seems they all hated Baker in Mercury Rev.

    “Mercury Rev toured in support of the album with the same results; concert security removed the band during the Lollapalooza 1993 stop in Denver, and Baker, because of his soured relations with his bandmates, was traveling to gigs apart from Mercury Rev. In late 1993, Baker departed from the band after months of conflict. While some sources called his departure a mutual agreement, others claimed Baker was, in fact, dismissed from the band”

    • Yeah i heard that there was friction there. He was probably difficult to work with. Thats the price you pay for mind-blowing creativity i guess… He really should be making music still…

    • That’s very interesting. Thanks for the comment. I sincerely hope NoMoreWorkHorse gets the exclusive when David Baker releases his new music šŸ™‚

      Cheers

  2. I agree the band went rapidly downhill when he left. As for being hard to work with, He seemed really down to earth and friendly when he said hello to me at Rock City in Nottingham. He was hanging around in the audience watching “pavement” perform as support act before Mercury Rev came on. I didn’t see the rest of MR chilling with the fans.

  3. I agree the band went rapidly downhill when he left. As for being hard to work with, He seemed really down to earth and friendly when he said hello to me at Rock City in Nottingham. He was hanging around in the audience watching “pavement” perform as support act before Mercury Rev came on. I didn’t see the rest of MR chilling with the fans.

  4. Hey Ian

    That’s really interesting to hear he was chilling out AND watching Pavement (all-time favs of NoMoreWorkHorse!). To be honest, the “hard to work with” is pretty circumstantial and I personally wish he’d never left Mercury Rev! They were infinitely more interesting with him in the band!!

    Keep in touch,

    JR

  5. Respectfully disagree about MR going bad post-David Baker. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Baker era albums, but I love Deserter’s Songs too, and All Is Dream has it’s moments. For me they went sour somewhere between All Is Dream and The Secret Migration, when the New Agey stuff completely took over.
    Baker does not get the recognition he deserves, especially since his style of weird, hallucinatory singing is coming back into style with people like John Maus and Ariel Pink.

    • Hey Zak, for me I really love See you on the other side, which is post-David Baker, but I must say I was so disappointed by Deserter’s Songs. I really wanted to like it but couldn’t and that was the end of Mercury Rev for me… I just don’t get why that album is held in such high regard… but each to his own! Cheers, J.

  6. Saw Variety Lights tonight and spoke to David Baker as he mingled in the audience – he gave me a tour T shirt and signed his Cd for me. He is a very friendly down to earth open honest guy. The music was original and blew me away I can’t stop playing the CD buy it you will not be disappointed – it’s stunning. Mike.

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