Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

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TJ

Shit
6
17%
Hit
24
69%
Onana nana nana nana hey hey goodbye
5
14%
 
Total votes: 35

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Darkness_Fish » 03 Jul 2018, 10:05

But if the Jap chap in question is already wanking - that ruins the metaphor, surely? And does anyone squint while wanking, if the footage isn't pixelated?

50/50 between shit and hit. This poll needs two questions. Shit/hit onan/non-onan anana nana nana hey hey hey, goodbye.
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Eddie Shah environment » 03 Jul 2018, 10:11

just go for 'shit' - there are enough grinning ninnies who go for the positive option regardless 'cos like DON'T HATE OK?
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 03 Jul 2018, 10:13

It was pretty big in my pre-shook-up-by-Dog Eat Dog world.

Fuck all to do with the Mod revival though.
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Postby Rayge » 03 Jul 2018, 10:25

gash on ignore wrote:It was pretty big in my pre-shook-up-by-Dog Eat Dog world.

Fuck all to do with the Mod revival though.

Foxton and Weller Sr proteges. Close enough for me. I'm pretty sure it was mentioned at the time, too, althoiugh they might just have been hitching a ride on the Merton Parkas bandscooter.
And, as a general principle, anyone identifying themselves as a 'modernist' (oh the irony) after about 1964 or so is/was a wanker in my book.
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Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 03 Jul 2018, 10:29

You’re a Lambretta man then? Good choice.
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Postby Rayge » 03 Jul 2018, 10:35

gash on ignore wrote:You’re a Lambretta man then? Good choice.

Nah, I live my life in the bus lane.
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Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 03 Jul 2018, 10:38

Ah a Beatnik, hopping on and off of life’s Routemaster 8-)
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Rayge » 03 Jul 2018, 10:42

gash on ignore wrote:Ah a Beatnik, hopping on and off of life’s Routemaster 8-)

Just sitting back and enjoying the ride. It's been a while now since I finally disabused myself of the notion that I was driving the thing.
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby fange » 03 Jul 2018, 10:43

Darkness_Fish wrote:50/50 between shit and hit. This poll needs two questions. Shit/hit onan/non-onan anana nana nana hey hey hey, goodbye.

Ok, have added a footy option.

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Goat Boy » 03 Jul 2018, 11:33



I prefer this version
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Bent Fabric » 03 Jul 2018, 11:47

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


Yeah, my feeling as well. Not any sort of personal favorite, but..tightly wound, spiky, new wave era bubblegum that occasionally works (sub-Knack?).

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Postby trans-chigley express » 03 Jul 2018, 12:04

Darkness_Fish wrote:It's definitely the Japanese tourist/photo thing. It's never been any kind of British slang for masturbation.


the lyrics describe a guy surrounded by pics of a girl he fancies and he's "turning Japanese", I fail to see what else it could be about unless he's practising origami

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby fange » 03 Jul 2018, 12:31

Bent Fabric wrote:(sub-Knack?).


You say that like it's a good thing :)

trans-chigley express wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:It's definitely the Japanese tourist/photo thing. It's never been any kind of British slang for masturbation.


the lyrics describe a guy surrounded by pics of a girl he fancies and he's "turning Japanese", I fail to see what else it could be about unless he's practising origami

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Darkness_Fish » 03 Jul 2018, 12:31

trans-chigley express wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:It's definitely the Japanese tourist/photo thing. It's never been any kind of British slang for masturbation.


the lyrics describe a guy surrounded by pics of a girl he fancies and he's "turning Japanese", I fail to see what else it could be about unless he's practising origami

But "turning Japanese" in no way describes masturbation, isn't/wasn't common slang, and doesn't provide a reasonable metaphor for a vinegar strokes facial expression. Photo obsession = slightly racist allusion to Japanese tourists. It seems much more likely to me. "I often kiss you when there's no-one else around" seems a very slight confession from someone who's supposedly singing about spurting his filthy yoghurt around the place.
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Bent Fabric » 03 Jul 2018, 12:42

fange wrote:
Bent Fabric wrote:(sub-Knack?).


You say that like it's a good thing :)


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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby trans-chigley express » 03 Jul 2018, 13:05

Darkness_Fish wrote:
trans-chigley express wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:It's definitely the Japanese tourist/photo thing. It's never been any kind of British slang for masturbation.


the lyrics describe a guy surrounded by pics of a girl he fancies and he's "turning Japanese", I fail to see what else it could be about unless he's practising origami

But "turning Japanese" in no way describes masturbation, isn't/wasn't common slang, and doesn't provide a reasonable metaphor for a vinegar strokes facial expression. Photo obsession = slightly racist allusion to Japanese tourists. It seems much more likely to me. "I often kiss you when there's no-one else around" seems a very slight confession from someone who's supposedly singing about spurting his filthy yoghurt around the place.

It was common slang when I was a youth, though I’m not sure if that was before of after the song was a hit

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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Fonz » 03 Jul 2018, 14:39

The alternative ‘real’ slang term where I come from was ‘turning Korean’ , if that helps.
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 03 Jul 2018, 14:47

Goat Boy wrote:

I prefer this version


I’m turning Japanese right now, ya dig?
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby Matt Wilson » 03 Jul 2018, 15:28

It's good, though no better than dozens of other 'new wave' songs from that era.
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Re: Shit or Hit: The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Postby George P. Smackers » 03 Jul 2018, 16:38

It's funny how many confident nitwits in high school back then used to say "you know that's British slang for jerking off." I never believed it--seemed too complicated and I couldn't imagine anybody ever saying it. She caught him turning Japanese watching Charile's Angels. Nope.

Song was about proving that "Nyooo Wive" could be as lame as everything else on the radio.