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Album Review

A far better collection than its American counterpart (Anthology), The Best of the Vapors offers a bit more for the fans, combining all of the singles, five rare B-sides, and most of the best album tracks (though the Magnets album is still woefully underrepresented). As an introduction, there is no better place to start and for collectors, it's indispensable.


Formed: 1978

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Led by vocalist/guitarist Dave Fenton, the Vapors were a short-lived new wave guitar group that is best known for the spiky pop single "Turning Japanese." Fenton formed the first version of the Vapors in 1978, yet he was the only member to survive that lineup; in 1979, former Ellery Bops members Ed Bazalgette (lead guitar) and Howard Smith (drums) joined the band, and bassist Steve Smith came aboard shortly afterward. One of the band's first concerts was seen by the Jam's Bruce Foxton, who asked...
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