The Vapors

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: new wave 80s punk british pop power pop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This power pop quartet, based in Guildford, Surrey, England, came together officially in April 1979, although an earlier incarnation had existed a year earlier. The common thread was Dave Fenton, a graduate who dabbled in the legal profession before turning to music. His first band, the Little Jimmies, was formed while he studied at Nottingham University. To his rhythm guitar and vocals were added the lead guitar of Ed Bazalgette and the drums of Howard Smith, both former members of Ellery Bop. The line-up was completed by former Absolute drummer Steve Smith, who switched over to bass guitar. An early Vapors gig was watched by the Jam’s Bruce Foxton, who was impressed by their gutsy pop, not unlike the Jam’s own style, and invited them to appear on the Setting Sons tour. Foxton also became the band’s manager in partnership with John Weller. After a promising but unsuccessful debut single, ‘Prisoners’, for United Artists Records, the...

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