Based in Guildford, Surrey, an early version of the band was playing the Three Lions pub in Farncombe when The Jam’s bassist Bruce Foxton spotted them. The familiar line-up of David Fenton (songwriter, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist), Howard Smith (drummer), Edward Bazalgette (lead guitarist) and Steve Smith (bass guitarist and vocals) took shape before Foxton offered the band a few gigs and agreed to jointly manage them with John Weller (father of Paul Weller).The Vapors were then offered a prestigious slot supporting The Jam on the Setting Sons tour in 1979.
The band signed to United Artists, releasing their first single, “Prisoners” at the end of 1979; but it failed to chart. Their second single is the song for which the group is best remembered. “Turning Japanese”, was produced by The Jam’s producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven. It reached the top three in the UK at the same time that The Jam’s “Going Underground” was at number one. It was also a top ten hit in Canada and New Zealand and reached the top of the charts in Australia.
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