Tenpole Tudor are a British punk band, fronted by the musician, Edward Tudor-Pole.
Tenpole Tudor formed in 1974, when Tudor-Pole (vocals/saxophone), met guitarist Bob Kingston, bassist Dick Crippen, and drummer Gary Long. They played regularly for several years until Tudor-Pole himself (under the moniker of Eddie Tenpole) came to prominence by appearing in the 1978 film, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. He was originally billed as a replacement for Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten ??? performing the songs "Who Killed Bambi?", "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" and a cover version of "Rock Around The Clock" for the film and subsequent soundtrack ??? however, manager Malcolm McLaren and the remaining Sex Pistols instead decided to abandon the group and go their own ways.
1980 - present
Tenpole Tudor recorded a one shot single on WEA records with the A side being "Real Fun" and The B side "What's In A Word". Real Fun is available in live form on 2 different CDs. The single was never released on CD. Tenpole Tudor returned in 1980 and signed a recording contract with Stiff Records with whom they released the single "Three Bells in a Row" (which is a slightly different vesion of the one later found on the album Eddie, Old Bob, Dick, and Gary.
The band released their debut album, Eddie, Old Bob, Dick and Gary, in 1981. It sold well, and in addition to the popular "Three Bells in a Row", launched two additional hit singles "Wunderbar" and "Swords of a Thousand Men". In the same year, the group released their second album, Let the Four Winds Blow, which also performed well. They further distinguished themselves with their oddball live performances, which had band members often dressing in medieval garb and Tudor-Pole himself in a full suit of chain mail armour. They also added Munch Universe, as he was named, to their lineup.
In 1982, Tudor-Pole broke up the original Tenpole Tudor. While he led a cajun-inspired version of Tenpole Tudor, the rest of the band became The Tudors, minus Munch Universe. After the non-original incarnation of Tenpole Tudor failed, Tudor-Pole left Stiff Records and began performing in jazz and swing bands, eventually returning to acting. Today, Tudor-Pole concentrates partly on acting, but focuses mainly upon his new one-man-show, performing live shows described as a 'One Man Stadium Show'. He has re-formed Tenpole Tudor from time to time, notably in 2001, with Darrell Bath on guitar, Donagh O'Leary on bass and Ben Standage on drums.
He currently performs his one-man live show throughout Britain.
Folk metal group Skyclad covered Tenpole Tudor's "Swords of a Thousand Men" on their 2001 single.
Canadian Celtic punk group, The Real McKenzies, covered Tenpole Tudor's "Swords of a Thousand Men" on their 2001 album, Loch'd and Loaded.
Who Killed Bambi - (1979, Virgin VS 256) - billed as Ten Pole Tudor - UK #6 - the listed b-side of "Who Killed Bambi" was "Silly Thing" by Sex Pistols
Rock Around The Clock - (1979, Virgin VS 290) - UK #21 - the listed b-side of "Rock Around The Clock" was "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" by Sex Pistols
Real Fun / What's in a Word - (1980, Korova - KOW4)
3 Bells in a Row" / Fashion (Live at The Marquee) / Rock and Roll Music (Live at The Marquee) - (1980, Stiff Records, BUY98)
Swords of a Thousand Men / Love and Food - (1981, Stiff Records, BUY109) UK #6
Wunderbar / Tenpole 45 - (1981, Stiff Records, BUY120) - UK #16
Throwing My Baby Out With The Bath Water / Conga Tribe - (1981, Stiff Records, BUY129) - UK #49
Let The Four Winds Blow / Sea of Thunder - (1981, Stiff Records, BUY137)
Eddie, Old Bob, Dick and Gary - (1981, Stiff Records, SEEZ31) UK #44
"Swords Of A Thousand Men" / "Go Wilder" / "I Wish" / "Header Now" / "There Are Boys" / "Wunderbar" / "3 Bells In A Row" / "Tell Me More" / "Judy Annual" / "I Can't Sleep" / "Anticipation" / "What Else Can I Do" / "Confessions"
Let The Four Winds Blow - (1982, Stiff Records, SEEZ42)
"Let The Four Winds Blow" / "Throwing My Baby Out With The Bath Water" / "Trumpeters" / "It's Easy To See" / "What You Doing in Bombay" / "Local Animal" / "Her Fruit is Forbidden" / "Tonight is The Night" / "The Unpaid Debt" / "The King of Siam"
Tied Up With Lou Cool / Cry Baby Cry - (1983, Stiff Records, BUY172)
Eddie Tenpole Tudor
The Hayrick Song / Take You to the Dance - (1983, Stiff Records, BUY177(7") SBUY177(12"))
Eddie Old Bob Dick And Gary - (1993, Stiff Records, STIFFCD 06) - the original album plus three bonus tracks
Let The Four Winds Blow - (1993, Stiff Records, STIFFCD 12) - the original album plus five bonus tracks
Swords Of A Thousand Men - (1997, Recall Records) - 2CD reissue of the original albums with the bonus tracks
The Best Of Tenpole Tudor: Swords Of A Thousand Men - (2001, Metro, METRCD049) - compilation of singles, b-sides and selected album tracks
Wunderbar: The Stiff Records Singles Collection - (2002, Anagram Records, CD PUNK 128) - compilation of all the singles and b-sides
Eddie Old Bob Dick & Gary / Let The Four Winds Blow: The Stiff Anthology - (2007, Stiff Records, CDSEEZ 31) - Slipcased digitally remastered 2CD reissue of the original albums, with the single versions, b-sides and exclusive live tracks