Ted Poley

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Ted Poley
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Ted Poley live at Klubben in Fryshuset, Stockholm, Sweden on December 3, 2010
Background information
Birth name Ted Harris Poley
Born (1962-01-05) January 5, 1962 (age 56)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Hard rock, glam metal
Occupation(s) Musician, drummer, vocalist
Instruments Drums, Vocals
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Mr. Speed, Lush, Prophet, Danger Danger, Bone Machine, Melodica

Ted Harris Poley (born January 5, 1962 in Englewood, New Jersey) is a rock singer and drummer most famous for being in the band Danger Danger.


He then joined New Jersey progressive rock band Prophet as a drummer. They released their first album in 1985. Poley also sang lead vocals on some of their songs. In 1987, while working with the band's second album, he was approached by Bruno Ravel and Steve West to join Danger Danger and he accepted.

With Danger Danger, Poley enjoyed much success as the band caught the late surge wave of 80s glam metal. Together they released two albums (Danger Danger and Screw It!) and toured with bands like KISS, Alice Cooper, and others.

In 1993, he finished recording Danger Danger's third album, Cockroach, but was surprisingly fired from the band. They hired another singer (Paul Laine) and attempted to release the album with new vocals, but Poley sued and prevented the album from being released.

The same year, he formed a new band called Bone Machine with guitarist John Allen III (Tommy Lee's band.) In 1994, they released their first album titled Dogs. In 1995, they toured the UK and released a live record titled Search and Destroy. In 1996, they released their last album titled Disappearing, Inc. The album is noted for featuring an eerie premonition of what would happen in the 2001 9/11 attacks in the cover art.

In 2000, he joined the band Melodica with Gerhard Pichler on guitar. As a band, they released several albums: USAcoustica, and Lovemetal among them. During this time, Poley returned to U.S. and played for the first time in seven years.

In 2001, Danger Danger finally released the album Cockroach after reaching an agreement with Epic Records. The album featured two discs: one with the Poley vocals, and the other with the new vocals by the band's new singer, Paul Laine.

In 2002, Poley's band (now known as Poley/Pichler) released an album titled Big. This album featured Gerhard Pichler on guitar, Joe Slattery on bass guitar (with whom Poley had played with before in Lush back in the early 80's) and Slattery's band mate from the AOR melodic rock band Norway, Marty Brasington on drums.

In 2004, he rejoined Danger Danger and started touring with them again.

In 2016 he formed Tokyo Motor Fist with Trixter guitarist Steve Brown. Their first album was released on February 24, 2017.[1]

In popular culture[edit]


Mr. Speed[edit]

  • Hollywood Wild (1982)


  • Prophet (1985)

Danger Danger[edit]

Bone Machine[edit]

  • Dogs (1994)
  • Search and Destroy (Live, 1995)
  • Live in the UK (VHS & VCD, 1996)
  • Disappearing, Inc. (1996)


  • Long Way From Home (2000)
  • USAcoustica (2001)
  • Lovemetal (2001)
  • Livemetal (Live, 2002)
  • Live in Springfield


  • Big (2002)

Ted Poley[edit]

  • Collateral Damage (2006)
  • Smile (2007)
  • Greatestits Vol.1 (2009)
  • Beyond the Fade (2016)
  • Modern Art (with Degreed) (2018)[3]

Pleasure Dome[edit]

  • For Your Personal Amusement (2008)


  • Only Human (2008)

Tokyo Motor Fist[edit]

  • Tokyo Motor Fist (2017)

See also[edit]


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