All that stuff about the Records last week just reminded me how much I loved the flood of British Power Pop bands that poured in tagging along with the punks in the late 70’s.
Nick Lowe might have led the charge with Paul Weller (The Jam) and Bram Tchaikovsky (The Motors) along with Eddie and the Hot Rods and the Tom Robinson band. It was great here in the Bay Area, as one of those bands tickled in each week.
Such were the Vapors, who became legitimate one-hit wonders with their incredibly clever and tuneful–and I guess by now overplayed–Turning Japanese. And, the album the gave us that song, New Clear Days, was just as solid to me as was the Records vinyl.
In saying that get that I really dug them both, and still do.
So, I went to the tune I remember best from their big album, A Letter From Hiro.
Which oddly seems to also tie back into all the Japanese power pop of a few years back.