The Swords of a Thousand Men – Tenpole Tudor (1981)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, The Swords of a Thousand Men by Tenpole Tudor. The record was released in 1981, on the Stiff record label and has been reworked into the British lion, a symbol of the UK as found on the flag in the promotional video and record sleeve.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Tenpole Tudor, Knights, Swords, 80s Punk, National Symbols or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: The Swords of a Thousand Men
Media Artist/s: Tenpole Tudor
Record Label: Stiff
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Punk Rock

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Additional information about this, Tenpole Tudor vinyl art.

Tenpole Tudor – The Artist/s

Tenpole Tudor are an English punk band fronted by Edward Tudor-Pole. Tenpole Tudor formed in 1977 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 1980 film, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (filmed in 1978). 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. The band then went on to have hits in their own right with songs like “Swords of a Thousand Men” and “Wünderbar”. The band has been active intermittently since 1977.

The Swords of a Thousand Men- The Song

The Swords of a Thousand Men is a song and single written by Eddie Tenpole, and performed by the English punk band Tenpole Tudor. It was first released on Stiff Records in March 1981. It entered the UK Singles Chart in April that year, reaching number 6 and staying for 10 weeks on the chart.  On 1 June 1981, the single was awarded a silver certification by the BPI in the UK for sales of over 250,000 units.

The British Lion – The Shape

Modelled into a silhouette of the British Lion as found on the flag on the promotional video and the record sleeve. The lion is a symbol of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, its constituent countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), and the Crown Dependencies (the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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1 review for The Swords of a Thousand Men – Tenpole Tudor (1981)

  1. Peter W. (verified owner)

    Another excellent piece

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