The VAPORS – ” Turning Japanese ” Released 1980

Posted: January 6, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Known as “one-hit-wonders” for their MTV mega-hit “Turning Japanese,” which peaked at in the charts either side of the Atlantic in 1980, The Vapors are perhaps one of the most criminally underrated bands of the “new wave era.” The lyric consists mainly of the singer talking about pictures of his love. It prominently features an Oriental riff played on guitar.

Personally, I love this band so much, Both the New Clear Days album and its excellent follow-up, Magnets are highly original and insanely catchy, hook-laden, power pop masterworks.

“Turning Japanese,” was released as a single from New Clear Days, believed by many to be an anthem to masturbation (a claim denied by songwriter/vocalist David Fenton), Songwriter Fenton explains: “Turning Japanese is all the clichés about angst and youth and turning into something you didn’t expect to.

The track has persisted as one of the iconic new wave singles of the early ‘80s. The Vapors recently reunited in England after a 35-year-hiatus for a series of shows.


A US-based Vapors fan, Evan Blonder from Long Island, recently launched a crowd-funding campaign via GoFundMe to bring the band over to the United States to play three shows in New York City. The band has not played in the States since 1980. Blonder’s campaign hopes to raise $23,000 to cover the cost of performer’s visas, flights, and accommodations to bring the band and their crew over. As of this writing, the campaign is about a third of the way to its goal.

The campaign offers a number of perks for donors, including meet and greet opportunities—though it does not appear that any of the perks are a simple concert ticket.


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