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Video Killed The Radio Star: Tenpole Tudor – Swords Of A Thousand Men


One of the most notably oddball entries in the annals of punk history (which is quite an achievement in itself), Tenpole Tudor were nothing if not original.

The band’s brand of solid, anthemic punk, combined with their eye-catching medieval-flavoured image (lead singer Edward Tudor-Pole could reputedly trace his lineage directly back to Henry VIII) made them one of the more crowd pleasing acts of their day.

Tudor-Pole formed the band in 1974 but it wasn’t until the early 80s – after he had appeared in the movie The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle, alongside the Sex Pistols, in which he was touted as a possible replacement for Johnny Rotten – that they broke through, peaking in 1981 with the release of the fantastic single Swords Of A Thousand Men, which reached No.6 in the UK charts.

Here is the official video for the song:

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