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Old 02-08-2005, 01:40 AM
squeegee squeegee is offline
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I'm positive the Vapors' appearance ins't the first instance. The opening riff was meant to invoke an asian cliche that everyone had heard before, so it was already a cliche.

I'm 42, and I can clearly recall pop-culture references to that riff when I was in my teens or earlier, perhaps in scooby-doo cartoons and such. And it was cliche even then.

I'd guess the origin is at least in the 60's or earlier.