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Tenpole Tudor is a British punk band. They formed in 1974, when actor Edward 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 an unlikely 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.

Tenpole Tudor returned in 1980 and signed a contract with Stiff Records with whom they released the single “Three Bells in a Row”.

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 also 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 chainmail armor.


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  • flashbleu

    There is a word in German and I think it says it all...

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ichiro5

    please tell me whoo killed Bämböiii? :D

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ashdinosaur

    I was watching The Crystal Maze whilst semi-bedridden and feeling awful and now I can't stop listening to Tenpole Tudor as a result. Ed, come and play music for me in my bedroom and I'll pay you in heaps of sponge cake and whiskey or something.

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • XrustyXtoothX

    Did anyone ever find out who did kill Bambi? We'll never know........

    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • MarcyStooge


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  • ashdinosaur

    Saw Ed the other night supporting The Damned. What a guy! I love him.

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • fukker_


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  • Cherrynena

    love em

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • punkcherry

    hehe. im a top listener.........................Who DID kill bambi anyway?

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Don_Diego

    Who killed Bambi?

    16 Nov 2006 Reply

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