Apeman (3:50)

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Apeman” is a song by the British rock band The Kinks. It was written by Ray Davies and appears on the album Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One. It is 3:52 in length. It was released as a single in the fall of 1970. While it did not do as well on the U.S. Pop Singles chart as its predecessor, “Lola,” did, it was a major hit in the UK, peaking at number five on their singles chart. In the song, Davies is fed up with the modern world and declares that he wants to, “sail away to a distant shore and make like an apeman.” He also expresses how man created our problems and, given half a chance, he would leave the cities and traffic to live in the jungle. In some ways, this is the epitome of the nostalgia expressed on the albums Lola vs. Powerman and The Village Green Preservation Society.

The Kinks caused some controversy, because in the line “…the air pollution is fogging up my eyes…”, the word “fogging” sounds much like “fucking”.

The song was covered by The Format and included on their 2007 B-Sides & Rarities album.


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I think I'm sophisticated
'Cause I'm living my life like a good homosapien
But all around me, everybody's multiplying
And they're walking round like flies man

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