Founded in Seattle by guitarist/producer Tommy Martin in June 1983. Bam Bam's original line up included Pearl Jam & Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron*, CALLED IN SIC singer/guitarist Scotty Buttocks, and the stunning Tina Bell on vocals; one of the first African American women with a significant presence in punk, grunge and hard rock scenes.

Bam Bam were musical pioneers in Seattle; experimenting with sludged rhythms, chopped timings, odd scales, tunings, and styles.

Bam Bam was the first band to work with Reciprocal Recording Studios and producer Chris Hanzsek. Their 1984 EP "Villians (Also Wear White)" was one of the first recordings released on the early Seattle grunge scene {Billboard Magazine: Sept 17, 2011}.

Producers Chris Hanzsek and Jack Endino refered to Bam Bam as "part of Seattle history" {the "D" Show Apr 2, 2015 (29 min in)}. Along side Green River, the Fartz, and the Accused; Bam Bam are frequently listed as a major influence on those formative years by the likes of Sub Pop founder Jonathon Poneman, producer and CZ Records founder Chris Hanzsek, and Soundgarden's Ben Shepard {Ten Things Zine: September 21, 2007, One Louder Magazine: November 29, 2010}.

With Kurt Cobain as roadie, The Melvins started their first tour opening for Bam Bam on May 5, 1984 at Behind The Grey Door in Seattle. Bam Bam performed at the first two Hempfests, the 1990 Pain In The Grass Festival, toured the US & Europe, toured and/or played with Alice In Chains, Temple of the Dog, Gunns & Roses, Ywengie Malsteen, Bob Mould, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Candlebox, No Means No, The Fastbacks, The U-Men, Skin Yard, Napalm Beach, SadHappy, The Refuzers...

Bam Bam were one of the first NW bands on the telly (NW Rocks, The Spud Goodman Show), and were twice honored as Best NW Band on KCMU/KEXP listener polls.

Friends in film school gave Bam Bam the chance to make videos (a lot of which still survives); a rare opportunity for bands not signed to major labels in the 1980s.

In 2012 TJ Martin, son of Bam Bam's Tina Bell and Tommy Martin, won the Academy Award for Best Director of a Feature Length Documentary for his film Undefeated. Portions of Tina bell's last interview were aired by ABC during the 2012 Academy Awards broadcast.

Bam Bam endured for nearly ten years despite racism and misogyny, a "squatter" tour of Europe, busted in England, personnel changes, and passionate internal pressures. Plans for a Bam Bam reunion were quickly dashed with the heart wrenching death of singer Tina Bell on Oct 10, 2012.

Rediscover one of Seattle's true grunge pioneers. Bam Bam. The Band That Should Have Been.



*Replaced by Tom Hendrickson, and later by Mike Peterson of the Accused.