Album: Lola vs. Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part 1 (1970)
Charted: 5 45
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  • Ray Davies wrote this song about a man who is unhappy with the modern world. Looking to escape the problems caused by his fellow humans, he plans a journey away from home, where he can live like an "apeman." Escape from our modern day society is a theme prevalent in many of Ray Davies' other songs, both solo, and with The Kinks.
  • Ray Davies had to re-dub the line "the air pollution is a-fogging up my eyes" for the radio, and for their November 1970 performance on Top Of The Pops, because it sounded too much like "the air pollution is 'a f---ing' up my eyes." The Kinks had the same situation with their previous single, "Lola" where Ray had to replace the line "Where you drink champagne and it tastes just Coca-Cola" with "Cherry cola" for airplay. >>
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  • John Gosling (aka "The Baptist") wore a gorilla outfit while sitting behind his keyboards during the Kinks' Top of the Pops performance of this song.
  • The song was covered by former Marillion singer Fish for his 1993 album Songs from the Mirror.
  • This appeared in the 1986 Robin Williams movie Club Paradise.
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Comments: 2

  • Xyzzy from Telford, United Kingdom'I'm the apeman' is an anagram of amphetamine.

  • Zabadak from London, EnglandThe single reached #5 in the UK
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