The Vaporswas a band from Englend who performed New Wave and Power Pop music. The band only existed for a few years from 1979 until 1981. They were known for their big hit called, Turning Japanese, which was released in 1980. The band was from Guildford, in Surrey, England, and the members of the band were, David Fenton (singer, songwriter, and guitar player), Howard Smith (drummer), Edward Bazalgette (lead guitar), and Steve Smith (bass guitar player and vocalist). Before they began performing in the U. K. Music scene, the members were, Dave Fenton, Rob Kemp, Mike Hedges, and Michael Jordan. Their music was influenced by artists such as, The Jam, Secret Affair, and The Jags. The group was discovered by The Jamís bass player, Bruce Foxton. The Jamís producer, Vic Coppersmith-heaven, produced their hit song, Turning Japanese. The song hit number 3 when the song, Going Underground, hit number 1. The song was also a big hit in other countries such as Australia.
The vapors only released two albums. They were, New Clear days, and Magnets. The first album was in the traditional New Wave style, and the lyrics were about social issues such as nuclear threat and also love themes. The second album was more about alienation, with lyrics about psychotic characters. The opening track of this album was called, Jimmie Jones, which was about the cult leader, Jim Jones.
The bandís greatest hit, Turning Japanese seemed to offend some people of Asian descent. One particular Asian American group created a parody called, Turning Hakujin (which means white person, in Japanese). The band was sure they had a hit with the song but were afraid to release it because they were afraid the song would be the only hit they had. It didnít seem to matter, however, because as it turned out, it was turned out to be their biggest success after all. They have never matched the success of the song since.
The band broke up in 1981 with the excuse that the record company did not give them enough support. It seems that the band had a seventh single that was not released and there was no explanation as to why it wasnít released. Dave Fenton retired from his music career and spends his time on the legal aspects of the music business. Edward Bazalgette has become a television director. The bandís hit song, Turning Japanese, has been used in many forms of media over the years. It was used on the soundtrack for the movie, Charlieís Angels, in 2000. It was also featured in the movie, Jackass: The Movie, Night Panda, Romy and Micheleís High School reunion, and Showdown in Little Tokyo. It was also used in tv episodes and commercials, as well as one of the songs in the Playstation video game, Guitar Hero II.
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