The Vapors are a UK New Wave band who scored a Worldwide hit in 1980 with ‘Turning Japanese’. The band reformed in 2016 after 30+ years apart, after being originally co-managed by Paul Weller’s Father John and The Jam Bass player Bruce Foxton. Discovered by Foxton whilst playing in a pub in Guildford they were invited to tour with Paul Weller and The Jam on the Setting Sons tour.
The band hit the big time in 1980 when ‘Turning Japanese’ reached number 3 in the UK charts and also hit Number 1 in Australia, Canada and Billboard Top 40 in the USA.
The song was used in hit films such as ’16 Candles’ and ‘Charlies Angels’ and regularly features on Punk and New Wave compilation albums.
The band released a number of great singles and two critically acclaimed albums, before parting company in 1982. Guitarist Ed Bazalgette went on to become a successful BBC TV director with recent credits including ‘Poldark’ and ‘Dr Who’ whilst lead singer Dave Fenton became a Music Lawyer.
They joined forces again in 2016 to play a number of sell out shows and the band have been playing regularly in 2017/18 with a number of shows and festivals in the UK and a short trip to the USA in Oct 2018 to play 3 back to back sell out shows at The Mercury Lounge in NYC. We know you’ll love their first appearance at SVF.