5 Turning Japanese Covers
Released in 1980, Turning Japanese was the second single by the band The Vapors and is popularly interpreted to be a euphemism for masturbation as it is believed to euphemistically refer to the face a male makes as he spanks the monkey.
Following are five cover versions. Love them or hate them. The original video is here.
1. Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst cosplays in a frilly sailor suit while singing a cover of Turning Japanese in Akihabara. The clip is entitled “Akihabara Majokko Princess” and is directed by McG and produced by Takashi Murakami.
2. Rick Moranis
Rick Moranis performed the song in a jazz style as Tom Monroe on the Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV.
PocketFox are a scruffy 2-piece ukulele act from Edinburgh.
4. Peppermint Creeps
Peppermint Creeps are a Glam metal band from Hollywood, California. Their music can be compared to the band KISS’s style.
5. No Use for a Name
NUFAN is a punk rock band from San Jose, California. The video features the Japanese visual kei-based rock band, the GazettE (ガゼット).
Bonus: Jackass Night Pandas
Not a cover version, but the Jackass boys get up to mischief on the streets of Tokyo in panda outfits with Turning Japanese as the soundtrack.