Downe grew up in Seattle, Washington, the oldest of four children. He became interested in music at a very early age, and in high school he formed a band named The Bondage Boys. Sometime after this he left Seattle for San Diego, then moved on to Los Angeles.
Before achieving musical fame, Taime worked for Retail Slut in Hollywood and did lights at the Troubadour. Magnus Walker (Serious Clothing) accidentally got his start when, walking into Retail Slut, Taime wanted to buy the pants off him, so ordered pairs for the store.In 1985 he formed the band Faster Pussycat. The five-member band released their debut album in 1987.
Taime also sang backing vocals on Skid Row's cover of the Ramones' "Psycho Therapy".
Taime returned to Los Angeles shortly after and put together his own industrial rock band called The Newlydeads. Taime wrote and produced it. Around 1998, he opened his own club, called The Pretty Ugly Club, with co-owner JD Terziu, and the club achieved the same level of success as The Cathouse, the club Taime had formerly run with Riki Rachtman. Taime has also been the promoter of other clubs in L.A. such as Thunder Pussy and Pretty Pussy. He also was the DJ at Metal Skool with Josh Richman as the MC.
The Newlydeads released a remix CD called Re-Bound and in 2001 released Dead End. The same year Downe reunited for a tour with original Faster Pussycat members Brent Muscat and Greg Steele joining him. The newly re-formed band opened for Poison in 2002.