Album: Lola vs. Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part 1 (1970)
Charted: 5 45


  • 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 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 Kinks were able to perform this song in America because a year earlier, the musicians' union ban they incurred in 1965 had been lifted. They drew the ire of the union on their first American tour that year by clashing with technicians and cutting sets short. The ban kept The Kinks out of sight in the US until 1969.
  • 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.

Comments: 3

  • The Nth Doctor from TexasExcept that the line is "I'm AN apeman", not "I'm THE apeman", Xyzzy, so your anagram is wrong. Sheesh, why do people insist on thinking every song from the '60s and '70s is about drugs?
  • 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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