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The Vapors - Turning Japanese


On this date in 1980, The Vapors released their second single, "Turning Japanese". It was backed by a live track called "Here Comes The Judge". The A side appeared on their debut album, New Clear Days. The single reached the #3 spot on the U.K. singles chart and, much later, the #36 spot on the U.S. singles chart. The Guilford, England band was from the same area as The Jam and were managed by Bruce Foxton of The Jam. The new wave/power pop band called it quits in 1981 after two albums.

Wikipedia: The Vapors

Video: The Vapors - Turning Japanese - on Top Of The Pops - 1981 - youtube

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The Wolfmen said...

The Vapours were almost as odd-bod looking as The Motors

Club80 said...

I had the opportunity to see them live in 1981. They played Malibu Nightclub on Long Island and came on very late (I think there was something odd that delayed their arrival). Anyway, they were actually really good live. I wish I had seen them more than once.

rongtolas said...

I'll never forget seeing them on Merv Griffin's (afternoon national) TV show. He asked them what "Turning Japanese" was about. When told it referred to masturbation in prison, his expression was classic. I absolutely swear this is true.

kami said...

new clear days is an under rated album... great power pop band. news at ten was a killer song.

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