Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Tenpole Tudor - Swords of a 1000 Men

Back to the 80's again for this classic bit of  Post Punk Pop! The song has just been re-released as its included in the new film from Aardman, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. I took my two youngest to see the film last week, and much to their delight and embarrassment, sang along to the song.

Tenpole Tudor released their third single, "The Swords Of A Thousand Men" in 1981. It was backed by "Love And Food". The A side appeared on their debut album, Eddie, Old Bob, Dick And Gary . The B side was a non-LP track that was added as a bonus track on a later CD re-release. The single reached the #6 spot on the U.K. singles chart. The London punk band broke up in 1982 after two albums and several singles. Eddie Tenpole (also known as Eddie Tudor-Pole and Eddie Tenpole Tudor) went solo and the rest of the band became The Tudors. Neither new act was long-lasting. Tenpole Tudor, itself, has re-united many a time since.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

J. Geils Band - Centerfold

No 3 of my 80's favourites...
Centerfold was a single released by The J. Geils Band from their album Freeze Frame. The song is about a man who is shocked to discover that his high school crush appeared in a centerfold spread for a men's magazine.
It was released in autumn 1981, and eventually went to Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982, and stayed there for six weeks. It was the first single released from the album Freeze Frame and was an early staple on MTV.
In February 1983, a year after the song hit #1 in the US, Centerfold peaked at number 3 in the UK Top 40, earning The J. Geils Band their only major hit single in the UK, although follow-up Freeze-Frame was a minor hit.
The song lists at #52 on Billboard's All Time Top Songs.