The Vapors’ debut album, New Clear Days, is 40 years old! New Clear Days was originally released by United Artists and was the first of The Vapors’ two LPs during their short, initial run. It also contained the band’s biggest hit, “Turning Japanese,” which charted in the U.K., the U.S., and worldwide.
The Vapors formed in 1978 in Guildford, UK and were part of the socially conscious new-wave and power-pop movement of the late ’70s. They were discovered by Bruce Foxton, bassist of The Jam, and supported The Jam on their Setting Sons tour.
The original lineup split in 1982, and although a new incarnation of The Vapors popped up in 2016, New Clear Days will always be the band’s most enduring legacy.