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

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