In 1982 After the devastating death of child hood hero Randy Rhoads, A 7 yr old Paul Good Neighbor Baker was placed on Ritalin, then later Dexadrine by the Scottsdale Az. public school system in conjunction with Cigna mental health corporation. Shortly after his pants were ripped off his body at the age of ten, in the Los Arcos mall escalator. Not being with a parent, a couple of teenaged girl store managers forced him to walk home in his briefs. Paul Good Neighbor Baker has been plagued by reoccurring nightmares regarding the incident, until the age of 17 when he started using heroin while listening to Judas Priest's turbo lover album, just to be able to speak to the opposite sex, all the while making rounds in and out of the Maricopa county correctional system until he finally got clean off opiates by holding Geraldo Rivera’s hand during the “Hands across America” movement May 25 1986. 

In 1989 Paul Good Neighbor Baker was held for collateral in a crack house. heavily Influenced By David Hasselhoff in an episode of night rider, He escaped by throwing a running microwave at his captors, then diving head first through a solid glass window damaging his then beautiful Peter Frampton esque locks of hair.  

Coincidentally yet simultaneously while he was holding Geraldo’s hand in the 80s, his future lover was on the other side of the country watching Geraldo Rivera give a morality lesson on a school vhs tape. 

THE GOLDEN AGE OF MUTATION

1991 is when he started performing dark gothic industrial music, cross dressing in the clothing of deceased grandmothers to much success around the southwest until several of his co collaborators became MIA due to drugs, alcohol, religion or their stupid fucking marriages. 

PAUL GOOD NEIGHBOR BAKER CONTINUED TO PERFORM POWERFUL MUSIC

2010 found Paul Good Neighbor Baker, (after being distracted in his own stupid fucking marriage)  himself divorced and destitute, in a new exciting city Denver Co. 

Fortunately the musical landscape had began to change, Songwriters started to pull back towards the old DIY traditions of pre ww2 country, this served Paul Good Neighbor Baker well, as he began performing folk music & weekend cardboard box puppet shows on the streets with what little instrumentation & puppetry he had left or could obtain. His puppets then were a set of Mexican souvenir skeleton puppets given as a gift from a long since dead sponsor from a 12 step group. That, along with a 30 dollar pawn shop acoustic obtained in trade as he had pawned his beloved Gretch for shelter along with a cheap set of used harmonicas.

NO LONGER CONSTRAINED DUE TO THE MURDER OF HIS INNER CHILD.

With failure never being elusive as she is seductive, slowly he fought his way onto bar room music stages across Colorado, gaining respect amongst his peers and listeners. short midwest tour spurts followed. In 2010 a devastating encounter with fleeing pipe wielding Juggalo's from motorcycle magnum force mall cops left his puppets smashed and his refrigerator box theatre mostly burned, on the sidewalk across from the hard rock cafe on Denvers 6th street mall. Mysteriously, all of this happened within mere feet of the very popular British group "the beatles"  toboggan, used in the film "a hard days night"  then hanging in the hard rock cafe window.  Badly burned, Paul goodneighbor Baker (being possibly the most futuristic visionary of his day) saw this as a very spiritual sign, not to quit puppetry entirely, but to unite his music with both puppet and machine.

FOR TWENTY YEARS STRAIGHT PAUL GOODNEIGHBOR BAKER CONTINUES TO PERFORM MUSIC ANYPLACE ANYWHERE.

 Returning to his core roots personally, after almost 30 years in music, outlasting most bars & co collaborators hes worked alongside or within, Paul Goodneighbor Baker latest work-"Redwing Blackbird" performs as a one man show of original neofolk/dark post punk experimentation.

REDWING BLACKBIRD released the song on its home page “Capitalist hands” on inauguration day 2017, in protest of the new American nationalist movement. its first volume of material “too Klaus for comfort” drops later in 2018. 

IN 1998 THEY RAZED THE LOS ARCOS MALL TO THE GROUND.

The teenaged girl store managers were never reprimanded for poor customer service.

His crackhead captors were never brought to justice.

 

 

Fin.

Mark Erickson, Mikey Coatney and Paul "Good Neighbor" Baker, original colorstore lineup 1998.

Mark Erickson, Mikey Coatney and Paul "Good Neighbor" Baker, original colorstore lineup 1998.