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Ground Zero

by Bam Bam

Hypnotic guitar weaves over a heavy rhythm with Tina Bell's sultry sweet cheeky description of living in the shadow of self destruction. Remixed from the 1984 Reciprocal Recording Studio masters by original producer Chris Hanzsek.
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Album Notes
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 rock Goddess Tina Bell on vocals; one of the first African American women with a significant presence in the punk, grunge and hard rock scenes.

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

Their 1984 EP "Villians (Also Wear White)" was one of the first recordings released on the early Seattle scene {Billboard Magazine: Sept 17, 2011}.

Producers Chris Hanzsek and Jack Endino refer to Bam Bam as "part of Seattle history" on the "D" Show Apr 2, 2015.

Along side Green River, the Fartz, and the Accused; Bam Bam are frequently listed as a major influence on those formative years {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.
Bam Bam performed at the first two Hempfests, the 1990 Pain In The Grass Festival, toured US, Europe, and/or played with Alice In Chains, Temple of the Dog, Gunns & Roses, Ywengie Malsteen, Bob Mould, Soundgarden, Faith No More, No Means No, The Fastbacks, The U-Men, Skin Yard, Napalm Beach, SadHappy, The Refuzers...

Friends in film school gave Bam Bam the rare opportunity to make videos in the 1980s.
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.

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.

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.

Bam Bam. The Band That Should Have Been.

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



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