26: Turning Japanese – The Vapours

NeilTop 30 - One Hit Wonders

Entered Charts: 30 April 1980
Entry Point: 34
Highest Chart: 1
Weeks In: 23
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Let’s deal with the elephant in the room – yes, there are rumours that song has dodgy connotations but let’s get past those and focus on the song. This arrived as we left the 1970’s where we had moved from pop to glam to rock to punk so there as always a chance that a song like this would be popular. But the sealer for me was this – any song that can manage a lyric “I want a doctor to take a picture so I can look at you from inside as well” deserves a significant level of respect.

It’s a bit unusual. It’s a little rude. But it is a one-hit wonder, worthy of inclusion in this countdown.