THE VAPORS (12/07/2024) 229 VENUE, LONDON

Wheels & Wax proudly presents:

The Vapors
Live in concert in Central London at The 229

The Vapors Biog

Best known for their massive 1980 worldwide hit “Turning Japanese”, The Vapors
continue to bring their individually styled brand of New Wave inspired
music to fans,
old and new, in the form of high-quality live performances, and the ongoing
development of critically acclaimed new material.

The band, formed in 1979, had already gained a substantial live following around
their hometown of Guildford, Surrey, and in London, when they were
brought to large
UK audiences with their support slot on The Jam’s iconic 1979 ”Setting
Sons” tour,
by then managed by The Jam’s Bruce Foxton and Paul Weller’s father John.

The release of debut single “Prisoners” in 1979 was followed by 1980’s “Turning
Japanese“ alongside the classic first album “New Clear Days”. The single reached
Number 3 in the UK, Number 1 in Australia, and hit the top 10 in both
New Zealand
and Canada whilst becoming a mainstream Billboard Top 40 hit in the US.

The debut album spawned further hits “News At Ten” and “”Waiting for the
Weekend” before the very different, but equally well received second album
“Magnets”, arriving in 1981, provided the singles “Spiders” and
further hit “Jimmie
Jones”.

The band parted company later in 1981, with all members going on to have varied
and successful careers across all spectrums of the entertainment
industry before, in
2016, after a decade of Internet clamour for a revival, announced
their reformation
for a short series of gigs, including a sell-out show at London’s Dingwalls. The
success of this reunion prompted the band to continue in earnest,
since when they
have played 140 gigs in the UK and the US, including three sell-out shows at New
York’s Mercury Lounge.

In 2020, the band released their third album “Together” some 39 years
after their
second, featuring a dozen original songs that again gained hugely
positive reactions
from fans and critics alike.

The band continue to write and perform, and have completed two headline tours in
the UK since the pandemic, playing to increasingly large audiences
comprising fans
old and new, and delivering polished shows featuring songs spanning
their entire 44
year history.