Grunge Trailblazers Bam Bam are Finally Getting Their Rightful Place in Rock History.

by Jen B. Larson, Bandcamp Daily · Nov 23, 2021.

by Jen B. Larson, Bandcamp Daily · Nov 23, 2021.

"Before Nevermind: How Grunge Became Grunge".

Trash Theory, UK. Additional writing & research by Serenity Autumn. Sep 30 2021.

British documentary features Tina Bell & Bam Bam as one of the progenitors of.. you know...the 'G' word. 

Dig the chapters: 

00:00 Introduction 
01:58 The Prehistory of Grunge
04:59 Bam Bam
06:47 Green River & Deep Six
09:05 Melvins
10:37 The Influence of Alternative Rock
13:18 Screaming Trees
15:04 Mudhoney & Sub Pop
17:05 Soundgarden
19:33 Nirvana & Bleach
21:18 Mother Love Bone & Temple of the Dog
24:26 Alice in Chains
27:00 Outside Washington
29:21 Pearl Jam
31:41 Nevermind and Everything After 

10 obscure but brilliant grunge bands who should’ve been huge. By Dave Everley - Louder, September 06, 2021.

"The greatest pre-grunge band no one ever talks about. Their metal-edged post-punk was ahead of the curve, but it was Bell – Black, female and charismatic as hell – who was their point of brilliance."

"The greatest pre-grunge band no one ever talks about. Their metal-edged post-punk was ahead of the curve, but it was Bell – Black, female and charismatic as hell – who was their point of brilliance."

'Godmother of Grunge': Seattle music icons gather to honor music pioneer Tina Bell.

NBC's Seattle affiliate KING 5 News' feature on Tina Bell & Bam Bam.

Tina Bell was the frontwoman of Bam Bam, an early grunge band that went on to inspire several grunge heavy hitters from Seattle. 

Matt Cameron, the former drummer of Bam Bam and Soundgarden and current drummer for Pearl Jam played at the event along with Jenelle Roccaforte, Kendall Jones of Fishbone and Stone Gossard, lead guitarist for Pearl Jam.

Before Nirvana or Pearl Jam, there was Tina Bell, the godmother of grunge.

Musicians pay tribute in upcoming concert

I was interviewed by the Seattle Times last week; talking about Tina Bell and Bam Bam's influence on musicians to come, and the hard earned recognition Tina Bell's finally starting to receive!!

KEXP Presents BAM BAM Tributaries; A Tribute to Tina Bell and Bam Bam.

With Re-Ignition (Bad Brains Tribute) and special guest DJ C-Note. 8pm Fri Jul 9 at The Central Saloon Seattle.

The Band: 
`MATT CAMERON: Drums (Bam Bam, Skin Yard, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam)..  

`STONE GOSSARD: Guitar (Green River, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam) 

`KENDALL JONES: Guitar (Fishbone) 

`JENELLE ROCCAFORTE: Bass (Montral Latin Blues) 

`AYRON JONES: Guitar (Ayron Jones Band) 

The Singers: 

`OM JOHARI  (Hell's Belles, Re-Ignition) 

`EVA WALKER (the Black Tones) 

`SHAINA SHEPHERD (BEARAXE) 

`DEJHA (The Union Gospel) 

`D'MITRA SMITH (Ex's with Benefits) 

Matt Cameron on Tina Bell:

"Tina was phenomenal. I mean I've worked with like, some of the greatest singers of my generation for sure, and she's right up there man, as far as just like charisma, power, and her lyrics are really fuckin cool.. uumm, yeah; she was one of the greats"! 

Matt Cameron, Seattle Today - Episode 12, June 6, 2021. 

https://youtu.be/9NUzAH-Zl78?t=488

Tina Bell & Bam Bam - PLEASE KiLL ME top stories of 2020.

THE BEST OF 2020, PART I.

Tina Bell & Bam Bam #7, between The Rolling Stones #6, & Patty Smith #8 on PLEASE KiLL ME top stories of 2020.

The Black ‘Godmother of Grunge’ Who Inspired Your Fav Bands

Seattle’s Tina Bell is forgotten no more

"Bam Bam’s sound straddled the line between punk and something so new that it didn’t have a name yet. Their music combined a driving, thrumming bass line; downtuned, sludgy guitars; thrashy, pulsing drums; melodic vocals that range from sultry to haunting to screamy; and lyrics about the existential tension of trying to exist in a world not designed for you". 

Stephanie Siek writing for ZORA : MEDIUM, March 24, 2021

pic by Michael Patnode

Scotty Buttocks and Jack Endino

Well Alright; Bam Bam has just signed with Bric-a-Brac Records!! We're working with Jack Endino on some vinyl to be released later this year.

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