the vapors

I Wrote That: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

'People always say ‘what’s it like being a one hit wonder?’ and I say well it’s better than being a no hit wonder. It’s something I’ve got that has taken me around the world.'

Faye Ducker
  • By Faye Ducker
  • 6 May 2020
  • min read

British new wave band The Vapors first burst onto the scene in 1978. After a whirlwind three years of success, international tours and widespread acclaim, they decided to call it quits. 

Now, back together 40 years later and with a new album on the way, we asked vocalist and guitarist Dave Fenton to tell us the story of how he wrote the band’s breakout hit, Turning Japanese.

British new wave band The Vapors first burst onto the scene in 1978. After a whirlwind three years of success, international tours and widespread acclaim, they decided to call it quits. 

Now, back together 40 years later and with a new album on the way, we asked vocalist and guitarist Dave Fenton to tell us the story of how he wrote the band’s breakout hit, Turning Japanese.