Not trying to tell you how to live but I think you should write something about The Vapors' New Clear Days record, or at the very least, give it a listen if you haven't heard it in a while. Steering from hyperbole, I think it's one of the most underrated powerpop albums of all time. People need to know that there isn't one song on that record that isn't equally as catchy (or more catchy) as "Turning Japanese." Not one. In fact, that particular track might even be the weakest one out.
"News at Ten." "Spring Collection." "Waiting For The Weekend."
Outstanding. Outstanding. Outstanding.
When I hear this record, I don't even think of it as followers of The Jam; I hold it on the same pedestal as "All Mod Cons" or "This is The Modern World."
So yeah. People need to know and I think you're the man for the job.
All the best,
Clearly, Dave Feldman, the wild man from Wyldlife, is the man for the job.
Thanks, Dave. Can't say I had ever heard a note of this record other than "Turning Japanese," which I don't mind, but damn! You are right. It IS the the weakest track here.
And I'll say this, too. I love The Jam. But no Jam record plays as consistently as "New Clear Days." There! I've said it. Now do yourselves a favor and go listen to The Vapors' "New Clear Days." And if you see Dave...he looks like this...
...thank him for me. Maybe buy his record, while you're at it.
And now...The Vapors.