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

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