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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

    Shuffle Hits

    Shuffle Hits
    1 song

Albums by
The Vapors

Top Songs by
The Vapors

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

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