This UK-based band burned fast and bright. David Fenton, Howard Smith, Edward Bazalgette and Steve Smith were together only 1979 thru 1982, and put out two studio albums, and still be memorable. It started with the 1980 release of Turning Japanese, their claim to fame. Off the album New Clear Days, much was discussed about the song that went to #36 on the Billboard chart, from questioning if there was intent to suggest cultural prejudice, or is the song about masturbation.
The band was discovered by John Weller, father of UK icon Paul Weller, who saw them with Bruce Foxton, bassist for Paul's band The Jam. Turning Japanese was produced by a producer who was working with The Jam, a fantastic puck band of the time. The second release, Magnets, hit the stores in 1981, and had little success. The single, Jimmie Jones, reached #39, and was the only one to chart.
Shortly after the release, the band called it a day. Lead singer Fenton went on to be a lawyer in the music industry. Guitarist Bazalgette went on to direct for television. And all will have Turning Japanese to fall back on whenever anyone asked what they did in the old days.