Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Vapors - New Clear Days

Based in Guildford, Surrey, their members were David Fenton (songwriter, guitarist and vocalist), Howard Smith (drummer), Edward Bazalgette (lead guitarist) and Steve Smith (bass guitarist and vocals).
They were discovered and managed by the father of Paul Weller, John Weller and The Jam's bassist, Bruce Foxton. The song for which they are mainly remembered, "Turning Japanese", was produced by The Jam's producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and hit the Top Three in the UK at the same time that "Going Underground" was at number one. It was also a big hit in some other territories, notably Australia. "Turning Japanese" reflected how singer/songwriter Fenton was meant to have felt whilst separated from his love. In the U.S., along with "She Bop" by Cyndi Lauper, the song "Turning Japanese" was believed to euphemistically refer to masturbation.
The band released two albums: New Clear Days (the pun on "nuclear" being intentional) and Magnets. The first was more clearly in the "traditional" new wave style of music, while touching on social issues such as the nuclear threat as well as love themes. The second album dealt more extensively with themes of alienation, with many dark lyrics about apparently psychotic characters, including the opening track, "Jimmie Jones", about cult leader Jim Jones. Sales of the second album were poor and the band broke up soon after its release in 1981. Fenton alleged in a later interview with Record Collector magazine that lack of record label support was the chief reason; apparently their intended seventh single 'Red Flag' was cancelled without explanation. Follow-up singles "News at Ten", and the aforementioned "Jimmie Jones", both coincidentally reached number 44 in the UK Singles Chart.
A solicitor who specializes in music law, frontman Fenton has apparently retired from his days as a music creator and performer to concentrate on legal aspects of the music industry.
Edward Bazalgette has since become a television director, credits including a 2005 BBC documentary about Genghis Khan.

tRaCkS
1.Spring Collection
2.Turning Japanese
3.Cold War
4.America
5.Trains
6.Bunkers
7.News at Ten
8.Somehow
9.Sixty Second Interval
10.Waiting for the Weekend
11.Letter from Hiro
12.Prisoners
13.Sunstroke
14.Here Comes the Judge {Live}
15.News at Ten {Live}
16.Wasted
17.Talk Talk
18.Waiting for the Weekend {Live}
19.Billy

** Sorry for split the album in 4 parts of 50 MBs, but my internet connection sucks this month and the uploading process was painful.

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