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Remember That Song – 4/30/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Workin’ in the city
This town’s got no pity
Bossman owns a heart of stone
I’m on the line, it’s overtime
I’ll tell you it’s a crime

Last Song: “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors from New Clear Days (1980)

Great job David and Brent (@jonbrent13)!!!

Everyone around me is a total stranger
Everyone avoids me like a cyclone ranger

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Remember That Song – 5/23/12

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

I’ve been fooled before
Wouldn’t like to get my love caught
In the slammin’ door
How about ____ ___________ ______

Last Song: “Turning Japanese” by the Vapors:

Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel
And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there’s no one else around

One-Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1980 – The Vapors

“Turning Japanese” by The Vapors

The band knew that “Turning Japanese” would be a hit, so they released it as their second single after “News at Ten“. Oops. “News at Ten” was not a hit in the U.S., but they hit a big hit here with “Turning Japanese”. So, their fears were realized, as they became one-hit wonders after all.

“Turning Japanese” was widely believed to refer to the face someone makes during the act of masturbation. Apparently, we all have dirty minds. This was denied by the band on a VH1 True Spin special, as songwriter/lead singer David Fenton explained: “Turning Japanese is all the clichés about angst and youth and turning into something you didn’t expect to.”

The Vapors only released two albums – New Clear Days and Magnets. Sales of the second album were poor and the band broke up soon after its release in 1981.

Here is “Turning Japanese” which peaked at #36 in the U.S. on November 29, 1980: