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Turning Japanese

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Space
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  • Punk
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“Turning Japanese” is the most popular song released by The Vapors from their album New Clear Days, and the song for which they are best known. The song’s lyrics mainly consist of the singer talking about the picture of his love. In the US, the song was believed to euphemistically refer to masturbation, specifically referencing certain facial distortions that may resemble the stereotypical image of a Japanese person. In fact, some US media outlets claimed that the phrase “turning Japanese” was a popular euphemism in the UK for masturbation; in reality, however, it has only become such a euphemism subsequent to the release of the song. Dave Fenton would alternately confirm and deny this suggestion in interviews, but admitted the phrase “turning Japanese” just popped into his... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ I think I'm turning Japanese ... I really think so ... Turning Japanese

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