Turning Japanese by Mark49

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Turning Japanese


The Vapors




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Mark49LEVEL 70

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"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.
Songwriter David Fenton explains: "Turning Japanese is all the clich├ęs about angst and youth and turning into something you didn't expect to."
The band knew they had a success with "Turning Japanese", so much so that they waited until their second single before releasing it, fearing that if they released it as their first, they would become "one-hit wonders". They never matched its success.
The song enjoyed some sales in Japan after its great success in Australia, where it spent two weeks at No. 1 during June 1980.

I left The USA in April of 80 and ended up in Yokosuka, Japan Thanks to the Navy.
This song was a huge hit in the Clubs. Everyone would do something, (some even danced.),to the this fun upbeat, made for moving song.
I hope you enjoy my rendition.


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donnica59LEVEL 99

Comment by donnica59GOLD +10

Front row

donnica59LEVEL 99

Comment by donnica59GOLD +10

What a great performance & selection!

donnica59LEVEL 99

Comment by donnica59GOLD +10

I think I slipped a disc hahahahahahaha
that was fun
Thanks for the music!

Michael57LEVEL 85

Comment by Michael57GOLD +3

Great job on this pumping dance tune!

Songbird35LEVEL 62

Comment by Songbird35GOLD

Wow, great sing again, and a great song choice, rock on MF x

happyseniorLEVEL 67

Comment by happyseniorGOLD +10 +4

Wow, what an upbeat song. Well done. I have lived in Japan for 49 years and never heard this song. Oh, sorry that I could not watch the video as the flashing became quite difficult to look at!

MillenniaLEVEL 97

Comment by MillenniaPATRON +3

Awesome sing m/f love it! hit the button! God bless n stay safe

diditomicLEVEL 102

Comment by diditomicGOLD +11

oh boy i am feeling dizzy for you...what a wild performance for us and great sing!

ChezzabLEVEL 51

Comment by ChezzabGOLD

WooooooooW what a GREAT PERFORMANCE and SING from you.
You have me out of breath as I am turning JAPANESEA through DANCE.


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LorrieonlineLEVEL 59

Comment by LorrieonlineGOLD +1

What a great job on this fun song. Your video made it all the more fun!
My brother also ended up in Japan, through the Air Force. I love the strobe
effect! Fabulous vocals and tempo too! Thank you for sharing fun times
here. I love this!!


FinnPeterLEVEL 105

Comment by FinnPeterGOLD +6 +2

Singing Friends From Afar Club---Get More Listens-->Welcome!

Sing it Mark - Clapping!
I sure enjoyed my listen - Cool vocals all the way!
WTG on this great Vapors song - Loved it!
Great job Buddy - Intertesting story!
Good Luck - Cheers, Peter

JohnnySilvaLEVEL 80

Comment by JohnnySilvaGOLD +2

Awesome sing on this lively rocking song amazing vocals
perfectly performed great rendition


Comment by Time_PassagesGOLD

Too fun Mark - love this song. Kicking off the new Wave


Comment by Time_PassagesGOLD

Terrific video with the strobe lighting making this performance outstanding!

lazarus57LEVEL 67

Comment by lazarus57GOLD

A new song for me Mark. Quite a catchy tune. A super vocal performance with a smooth delivery. I enjoyed my listen.

RibbonLEVEL 100

Comment by RibbonGOLD +6 +4

COMO LA FLOR.... r/ccb063f17

joybeaulieuLEVEL 97

Comment by joybeaulieuGOLD

Sing it Mark!
I'm loving the whole performance.
The beat is awesome for dancing.
I can't sit still.
Outstanding my friend.

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sicireLEVEL 76

Comment by sicireGOLD

Fantastic! Love this song...couldn't get it out of my head when it first came out. but I'd never sing it...WAAAAY too fast!! You aced it. Loved the performance....as much as I could watch...before I turned into Linda Blair.....