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The Vapors

Led by vocalist/guitarist Dave Fenton, the Vapors were a short-lived new wave guitar group that is best known for the spiky pop single "Turning Japanese." Fenton formed the first version of the Vapors in 1978, yet he was the only member to survive that lineup; in 1979, former Ellery Bops members Ed Bazalgette (lead guitar) and Howard Smith (drums) joined the band, and bassist Steve Smith came aboard shortly afterward. One of the band's first concerts was seen by the Jam's Bruce Foxton, who asked them to perform on his group's Setting Sons tour. Before long, the Vapors were managed by Foxton and John Weller, the manager of the Jam, as well as the father of the group's leader, Paul Weller.

The Vapors signed to United Artists, releasing their first single, "Prisoners," at the end of 1979; it failed to chart. "Turning Japanese," the band's second single, became a major hit, reaching number three on the U.K. charts in March of 1980. New Clear Days, the band's debut album, was released two months later, which didn't sell as well as the single. In 1981, the Vapors released the more ambitious Magnets, yet it received lukewarm reviews and poor sales; the group disbanded shortly after its release. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Song credited to new clear days that are not from that recording.
Vapors had other good songs than Turning Japanese
News at Ten reminds a bit of The Buzzcocks.
When this song first came out , many people didn't realize it's was about a guy masturbating to a picture. When I pointed this fact out to my friends, they couldn't stop laughing. We all loved it
megv15
Not as good as The Safety Dance but Turning Japanese is still one of my favoriye songs!! :D
lexiv8
Haha i love this song
therein_r2
waiting for the weekend is awesome, so then, they should not be called one hit wonders
lbgregory54
New Clear Days & Magnets excellent. Glad my brain has these songs in it's hard drive.
The Vapors are one of those 80's bands that nobody knows about. Everyone thinks their only good song was Turning Japanese. I love both of their albums - Magnets, and New Clear Days. They were an awesome band, and their music is still listenable today.
domo arigato!!!!
Funny. On the song News at Ten that they're playing I totally could hear the Jam, but they weren't listed as similar artists. Then read the bio and they were discovered by the Jam.
They are more than "Turning Japanese"! Good band.
Our band covers "Turning Japanese" and we think they should have a reunion...Th e y were just ahead of their time.
mmvigil
I love New Clear Days... It is one of my favorite albums.
flynnbm4
One of the most underrated bands ever. They were a mod band in the U.K., but carried the unfortunate new wave label in the States and Canada. Check out the rare B-sides like Here Comes The Judge and Wasted. B-side to Turning Japanese is a killer tune called Talk-Talk.
bromide01
I care about "hits".
I love everything they ever did. Great stuff.
Who cares about "hits"? Mainstream Radio Appeal isn't neccesarily a good thing.
The term 'one hit wonder' is often applied to bands/perfor m e r s whom it should never be given. They often have had much more than one hit and/or stardom all over the world, but not in the U.S.

But...
the Vapors deserve the title.
They had a big hit... and that's it.

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