Never Mind Bucharest, Here’s The Sex Pistols!

Or at least a cover band that managed to capture their sound and energy. A cover band played at Mojo Music in Bucharest, Romania on Saturday night led by the unforgettable Eddie Tenpole or Tenpole Tudor as he likes to be known these days. Tenpole was actually a member of the Sex Pistols post John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) and a major contributor to the movie ‘The Great Rock ‘n Roll Swindle’ that was released in 1980.  Tenpole received sole credit for the script after McLaren had his name taken off the production and sang some of the vocals so we had real pedigree in a cover band.

The atmosphere built well towards the scheduled 9:00 start time and Mojo was buzzing.  The warm up act was Tenpole Tudor, no less, who played an entertaining if slightly self-indulgent set to liven up the crowd. It was not exactly what Bucharest Expat were expecting but the crowd enjoyed it and the beer was flowing. We did wonder if the rest of the band were late or busy, but the applause was enthusiastic so maybe it was us… There was a tribute to Malcolm McLaren who was the genius behind the band who died earlier this year which was a nice touch.

When the band finally came on the music was a wonderful throwback to the 1970’s when this correspondent was fortunate enough to see many of the punk bands live. Getting to finally see a version of the Sex Pistols was quite a tonic and the music was as energetic as it was back in the day. The bass player actually looked like Sid Vicious, although a much healthier version, and he could play his instrument which is a step forward from the original.

The feel of Mojo added to the atmosphere – it was like going back to the cellars and pubs of the punk days. The older expats (including me) had a good evening of nostalgia whilst some of the locals looked a little surprised. There was even some dancing the pogo (with varying levels of enthusiasm that looked to be directly linked to age…).

The band played pretty much all of the groundbreaking album, ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ which is what the audience were wanting, judging by the very positive reception the songs received. Tenpole managed to convey the in your face attitude that Lydon used to bring to the event and the band probably played a much higher quality of music than the original band could have played. The encore was God Save the Queen and Anarchy in the UK, two of the songs that changed the face of music in the mid to late 1970’s and ushered in the punk era that spawned new wave.

God Save the Queen, God Save the Sex Pistols and God Save Mojo for making the combination!