Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

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Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby fange » 03 Jul 2018, 05:23



"Turning Japanese" is a song released by English band The Vapors, from their album New Clear Days, and the song for which they are best known. The lyric consists mainly of the singer talking about pictures of his love. It prominently features an Oriental riff played on guitar.

Chart (1980) Peak position

Australia (Kent Music Report) 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 6
Ireland (IRMA) 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 3
US Billboard Hot 100 36
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 34

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Charlie O. » 03 Jul 2018, 05:27

Never liked it.
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby fange » 03 Jul 2018, 05:36

Can you believe it went top10 in all those countries, Charlie, and probably quite a few more too...
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Charlie O. » 03 Jul 2018, 06:04

fange wrote:Can you believe it went top10 in all those countries, Charlie, and probably quite a few more too...

It is inarguably catchy.
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby trans-chigley express » 03 Jul 2018, 06:18

Hit. I don't love it but I like it and songs about masturbation appealed to my 12 year old self. Don't ask me to name another song by that band, I honestly don't think I ever heard one.

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 03 Jul 2018, 06:29

I recall it affectionately.

Wonder how I’ll feel after I actually hear it again?
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby fange » 03 Jul 2018, 06:34

They are the archetypal one-hit wonder band!
It's pretty much always annoyed me, especially the middle section, but...

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fange wrote:Can you believe it went top10 in all those countries, Charlie, and probably quite a few more too...

It is inarguably catchy.


That's true; it has something, maybe several things, that caught the public's attention and had them buying the single and wanting to hear it on the radio. I'm fascinated by stuff like this.
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Eddie Shah environment » 03 Jul 2018, 06:41

Terrible
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby The Modernist » 03 Jul 2018, 06:55

It's okay. They were from Woking weren't they?

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Lord Rother » 03 Jul 2018, 07:10

Likeably irritating. A song it’s ok to hear once every 5 years but no more than that.

(The song isn’t about masturbation.)

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Darkness_Fish » 03 Jul 2018, 07:40

trans-chigley express wrote:Hit. I don't love it but I like it and songs about masturbation appealed to my 12 year old self. Don't ask me to name another song by that band, I honestly don't think I ever heard one.

I never thought it was actually about masturbation, isn't the 'turning japanese' more a slightly racist allusion to Japanese tourists need to take pictures of everything?
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby NMB » 03 Jul 2018, 08:00

The Modernist wrote:It's okay. They were from Woking weren't they?


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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby trans-chigley express » 03 Jul 2018, 08:04

Lord Rother wrote:Likeably irritating. A song it’s ok to hear once every 5 years but no more than that.

(The song isn’t about masturbation.)


What's it about?


"I've got your picture
Of me and you
You wrote "I love you"
I wrote "me too"
I sit there staring and there's nothing else to do

Oh it's in color
Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel
And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there's no one else around

I've got your picture, I've got your picture
I'd like a million of you all 'round my cell
I want the doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You've got me turning up and turning down, I'm turning in, I'm turning 'round

I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so"


sounds like he's wanking off to a photo of a girl but possible there's a double meaning I'm not aware of

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Lord Rother » 03 Jul 2018, 08:56

I heard someone from the band on radio a few weeks ago and he said the writer had no idea about the connotations with the phrase, it was just words that fit together well, building on an idea / sound they had in mind, and became a silly love song of sorts.

(Might have been the writer himself, can’t remember now, but I know it shot down a long-established background story, so the details stuck in my mind.)

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Darkness_Fish » 03 Jul 2018, 09:07

It's definitely the Japanese tourist/photo thing. It's never been any kind of British slang for masturbation.
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Rayge » 03 Jul 2018, 09:11

In my role as a mate of a slang lexicographer, I can confirm what DF says.
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Deebank » 03 Jul 2018, 09:36

The Modernist wrote:It's okay. They were from Woking weren't they?


My old boss used to know them and he was from Sunbury (which I think is not a million miles away).
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Fonz » 03 Jul 2018, 09:46

Fun to play. Went down well at gigs.

Though it might not have been a slang term at the time I’m pretty sure it was about wanking. The cum face/vinegar strokes thing.
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Deebank » 03 Jul 2018, 09:52

Fonz wrote:Fun to play. Went down well at gigs.

Though it might not have been a slang term at the time I’m pretty sure it was about wanking. The cum face/vinegar strokes thing.


I hesitate to mention it but the phrase 'Grinning like a wanking jap' springs to mind.
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