This is the Silver Disc presented to Dave Fenton recognising sales of 250,000 of Turning Japanese that is proudly displayed in Dave's house.
This was back when you had to shift a lot of records to chart.
Compare this to the average modern day sales required to chart-
8000 sales will get you Top 40.
30,000 will get you Top 10.
Between 60k + 130k will get you a number 1.
An incredible achievement by The Vapors eh?
Turning Japanese from the brilliant Rebellion Festival.
Such good fun playing this event which attracts over 10,000 people every year and it's another stellar line up this year.
The Infamous Top of the Pops incident from 1980 and the mysterious case of the self drumming drums.
Watch the video between 10 seconds and 16 seconds and you'll see Howard Smith drop his drumstick then proceed to leave the drumkit to retrieve it. But just who was playing the drums whilst he wasn't there as the song continued??? Hmmmm 😉😉😉
So here are the details for the 40th anniversary Convention we will be holding in 2019.
Date Nov 1st and 2nd
Location Portmeirion, North Wales
Ticket details and links coming soon.
We have Special Guest Rick Buckler from The Jam joining us for a Q+A and talking about the Setting Sons tour with The Vapors amongst other things plus Q+A with The Vapors, plus Memorabilia display by Den Davis and fans (About The Young Idea), signings and photos with both The Vapors and Rick Buckler.
A special acoustic set by 'Like Father Like Son (Dave and Dan Fenton). Acoustic open Mic set for fans to play their favourite Vapors songs.
2 full electric sets by The Vapors
Merchandise stall and we are hoping(work in progress) to have a limited edition 7" vinyl pressing of Prisoners by R+T industries to celebrate 40 years since the release.
These would be limited to 200 copies and woud be exclusively available to purchase by ticket holders only on the night if we can make it happen(to be confirmed)
8pm Doors open with DJ Jacqui Carroll, Q+A with The Vapors and Rick Buckler, memorabilia display, acoustic set with Dave and Dan Fenton, signing with The Vapors and Rick Buckler and disco to 1145pm finish.
Saturday Nov 2nd
Entry to Portmeirion grounds for day time tour.
Group photo with band and fans in main square
DJ Jacqui Carroll opens evening session
2 x full electric sets with The Vapors
DJ set till midnight finish.
Ticket price still to be confirmed but will be no more than £35 total which will get you entry for both nights and days and entry into Portmeirion grounds . Each ticket holder will also get an exclusive laminate pass and lanyard and badge.
As before there will be accommodation on and off site and we will provide some limited seats on transport from porthmadog.
Places at this event will be limited to 150 adults and 10 child places(child places up to age of 16 will be half adult price).
This is going to be an amazing weekend and we hope to add more to it. Please join us and celebrate 40 years of The Vapors, first single Prisoners and the Setting Sons tour.
Full details on our Facebook page #thevapors#rickbuckler#thejam ...
Happy to announce we will be returning to Nells Jazz and Blues Club in London on November 23rd for our annual end of year gig.
Special Guests to be announced. Tickets on sale now from