The Vapors

The Vapors are an English new wave and power pop band that initially existed between 1978 and 1981. They had a top ten hit with the song “Turning Japanese” in 1980, which reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart, and No. 36 in the US Billboard Hot 100.

“Turning Japanese” is a song that was released by English band the Vapors, from their 1980 album New Clear Days. It was an international hit, and is the song for which The Vapors are best known.

The lyric describe the narrator being separated from a woman he loves and thus preoccupied with photos of her. The repeated lyrical refrain of “I think I’m turning Japanese” was widely believed by Americans to describe an orgasm induced by masturbating, but actually was intended to describe teen angst or alienation after a romantic breakup. The song prominently features an Oriental riff played on guitar.