40 Black Rock-Hers Who Are Shaking It Up! Tina Bell #5. BLACK ROCKERS UNITED. April 9, 2021.

"We're posthumously watching her ripple effect today, shaking up the scene.

Bam Bam just signed with Bric-A-Brac Records! Congratulations and rock on out there! RIP, Tina Bell".

This week I had the honor of being interviewed by Samantha Hollins of The Culture Rock Griot to talk about Bam Bam and the incomparable Tina Bell. Feb 5 is her birthday: Happy Birthday Tina Bell!! Thank you and much love to Samantha Hollins.

Tina Bell

Tina Bell

Queen of grunge punk

The first African American women to front a punk grunge, hard rock band in the US. Greatest female rock singer since Janis Joplin.

Brilliant song writer, lyricist, performer;  The Queen of grunge punk, she fronted Seattle grunge pioneers Bam Bam 1983-1990. 

In 1984 Tina Bell and her  band Bam Bam recorded & released one of the first pieces of vinyl on Seattle's early grunge scene; THE first from famed Reciprocal Recording Studios in Seattle. (the ep "Villains also wear white"). 


"Tina’s voice is crazy, powerful and unexpected: switching from chaotic to a dreamy-noir warmth, sometimes thrown all over these noisy, dark and heavy instrumentals. The crossover between metal and punk, rhythm changes and unusual scales mark the beginnings of grunge. 

Bam Bam is the band that should have open the Deep Six Compilation, the intro to what had become the grunge movement". 
Dan Tecucianu.   


"We have already spoken here at Sopa about the history of Tina Bell and her band Bam Bam and how important it is to honor her name and her history within grunge. 

Along with Bam Bam, Tina Bell recorded one of the first albums of what would come to be considered grunge". 
Tania Seles. 



Tina Bell; one of six artists honored in a series featuring Over looked, under appreciated Black Pioneers of rock music. by HECreative. 


Tina Bell Haunts My Thoughts: 
"I can’t help but let my thoughts drift about this beautiful cinnamon brown skinned woman, her voice, presence and the band she fronted, Bam Bam, starting a musical genre that would later forget she existed. The woman who might very well be the unwritten voice of grunge in the Seattle scene." 
Om Johari. 


Despite years of dedication, innovative music and packed shows, acceptance for Tina was elusive. People simply weren't ready for her yet. 

The lack of recognition eventually took its toll on Bell. She retired from music  in 1990. 

In 2012, her (& Bam Bam guitarist Tommy Martin's) son TJ Martin won the Academy Award for Best Director of a Feature Length Documentary for his film Undefeated. ABC aired a portion of Tina Bell's final interview during the Academy Awards broadcast. 

Tina Bell died Oct 2012 while plans were underway for a Bam Bam reunion. 

Tina Marie Bell, 1957-2012.

"Tina Bell; a pioneering Black woman in grunge".

Fazer Aqui, Joinville Brazil, June 6, 2019

Joinville receives 1st edition of Expor Rock Black Women in Underground, an initiative of Projeto Negras in Underground created by Ana Paula Porfirio. It will show 5 references of Black women in various musical genres in the form of visual art by Sap Paulo artist Jessical Lisboa. They are Sister Rosseta Tharpe, the "mother of rock"; Poly Styrene with punk rock; Tina Bell, a pioneering Black woman in grunge; Skin, lead singer if Skunk Anansie bringing alternative rock; and Cammie Gilbert, the dark metgal goddess of progressive metal, lead singer of Oceans of Slumber. 

Evento Black Underground promove representatividade feminina e negra. - (Black Underground event promotes female and Black representation).

Bam Bam singer Tina Bell is featured along side Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Tina Turner and Poly Styrene.  

O Mirante, Joinville Brasil. October 28, 2019. 

Tina Bell pics