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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
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Stations Featuring
The Vapors

    1-Hit Wonders

    1-Hit Wonders
    1 song

    New Wave

    New Wave
    1 song

    '80s Alternative

    '80s Alternative
    1 song

    Awesome '80s

    Awesome '80s
    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

Albums by
The Vapors

Top Songs by
The Vapors

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Turning Japanese
  3.   Galleries for Guns
  4.   Sixty Second Interval
  5.   America
  6.   News at Ten
  7.   Letter from Hiro
  8.   Waiting for the Weekend
  9.   Jimmie Jones
  10.   Interview With Dave Fenton
  11.   Spiders
  12.   Isolated Case
  13.   Civic Hall
  14.   Live at the Marquee
  15.   Daylight Titans
  16.   Johnny's in Love Again
  17.   Can't Talk Anymore
  18.   Spring Collection
  19.   Somehow
  20.   Prisoners
  21.   Trains
  22.   Bunkers
  23.   Magnets
  24.   Silver Machines
  25.   Cold War
  26.   Here Comes the Judge
  27.   Talk, Talk
  28.   Billy
  29.   Wasted
  30.   Here Comes the Jungle

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