Saturday, 18 September 2010


A classic album from 1980, heres another album that ive had a revisit to recently, that i havnt listened to in 25 years,i was in a shop recently and "News at ten" was on the radio in the background and on hearing the start of it i was waiting for the lyrics to kick in so i could put a name to the song, when they did i found myself  singing it in my head (nearly) word for word! ive got the album on vinyl upstairs in the loft, but to make life easier i downloaded it to play on my walkman or the house stereo,yet again another album that takes me back to my youth aged 16 in 1980 and some of the memories of the good times i had from around that time, yet again going from schoolboy to working man!
I got into the vapors thru my best mate at school who was mad on them, it was thru the jam connection as well that they where worth a closer look at, with a lineup of
David Fenton, guitar, vocals and songwriter
Edward bazalgette,lead guitar
Howard Smith, drums
Steve Smith  bass.
they where discovered by the jam's bruce foxton who also managed the band along with john weller,and played quite a few support slots for the jam during 1980-81,obviously the vapors are best remembered for the hit single "Turning japanese" but this album is surely a classic early "britpop" album that got overshadowed by the success of  "Turning japanese"
1."Spring Collection"
2."Turning Japanese"
3."Cold War"
7."News at Ten"
9."Sixty Second Interval"
10."Waiting for the Weekend"
11."Letter from Hiro"
The album is a statement of the early 80s with the title a pun on nuclear which was a big issue around that time,with the cover featuring a tv weather report with a map of the uk with a mushroom cloud over london and the sign for nuclear radiation replacing the temperature sign, going back to the single, "News at ten" its a story about the generation gap and the fear of ending up as complacent as your parents, the one i think is a classic from this album is ""Letter from Hiro", the album's lengthy melancholy finale concerns the sense of powerlessness a boy feels as events push towards World War 2, and towards the inevitable ending of his friendship with his more patriotic Japanese penpal ("And when the sun was rising somewhere in the East, and when a flag meant more to Hiro than to me").  my 1st impression of this album years ago was that it was in a similiar vein to the jam's setting sons album following a story of youth, friendships,love and war, in  fact the album was produced by Vic Coppersmith-Heaven of the jam fame, i think produced with a similar sound to the setting sons LP,i can really recommend giving this album a listen to if you have not already, as its quite a favourite with old jam and weller fans, the vapors followed up with "Waiting for the Weekend" which i think failed to chart, and a further single release in 1981 of "jimmie jones" and the album "Magnets" which again failed to chart and shortly after the vapors split

1 comment:

  1. Great blog, I'm from the usa, but the vapors were by far my favorite band. I still consider them my favorite band, loved every single song from them! I loved magnets and the singles, thought that was just pure genius. Never saw them though, I was a little too young.