"Martin introduced weird tuning and scales that eventually permeated the Seattle scene as a whole, and Bell’s early gospel choir days gave her the full-bodied voice she needed to be heard over the thrashing instruments."
"Her unpredictable dynamism was marked by shifts between cheeky flirtations with her bandmates and arresting hardcore mic deliveries that felt impossibly powerful coming from her lithe frame."
Three tracks from the original Reciprocal Recording 7" release and three unreleased demos. Produced by Chris Hanzsek & Tommy Martin, remastered by production legend Jack Endino. (cover pics by David Ledgerwood. )
Includes unlimited streaming of Villains (Also Wear White) EP via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC, and more.. Limited first run of 1000 records. 20 random copies will have a vintage flyer inserted and 5 extra lucky random copies will include an original 7" release from 1984. Out next week on Bric-a-Brac Records just in time for Tina Bell's birthday Feb 5th!!
"As many critics have pointed out lately, Seattle band Bam Bam predated bands like Nirvana and Mudhoney in the same music scene, only to fade into a criminal state of obscurity. Bam Bam is considered by these thinkpieces to be one of the first grunge bands."
F*cking awesome for Bam Bam to be on a list with Link Wray, The Gun Club and Lee Scratch Perry!!
Grunge Trailblazers Bam Bam are Finally Getting Their Rightful Place in Rock History.
"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.
'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.