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The Kinks - Apeman 1970

I think I'm sophisticated
cos I'm living my life like a good homosapien
But all around me everybodys multiplying
Till theyre walking round like flies man
So I'm no better than the anI'mals sitting in their cages
In the zoo man
cos compared to the flowers and the birds and the trees
I am an ape man

I think I'm so educated and I'm so civilized
cos I'm a strict vegetarian
But with the over-population and inflation and starvation
And the crazy politicians
I dont feel safe in this world no more
I dont want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore
and make like an ape man

I'm an ape man, I'm an ape ape man
I'm an ape man I'm a king kong man I'm ape ape man
I'm an ape man

Cos compared to the sun that sits in the sky
Compared to the clouds as they roll by
Compared to the bugs and the spiders and flies
I am an ape man

In mans evolution he has created the cities and
The motor traffic rumble, but give me half a chance
And I'd be taking off my clothes and living in the jungle
cos the only time that I feel at ease
Is swinging up and down in a coconut tree
Oh what a life of luxury to be like an ape man

I'm an ape, I'm an ape ape man, I'm an ape man
I'm a king kong man, I'm a voo-doo man
I'm an ape man

I look out my window, but I cant see the sky
cos the air pollution is fogging up my eyes
I want to get out of this city alive
And make like an ape man

Come and love me, be my ape man girl
And we will be so happy in my ape man world

I'm an ape man, I'm an ape ape man, I'm an ape man
I'm a king kong man, I'm a voo-doo man
I'm an ape man

I'll be your tarzan, you'll be my jane
I'll keep you warm and youll keep me sane
And well sit in the trees and eat bananas all day
Just like an ape man

I'm an ape man, I'm an ape ape man, I'm an ape man
I'm a king kong man, I'm a voo-doo man
I'm an ape man.

I dont feel safe in this world no more
I dont want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore
And make like an ape man.

La la la la la la la.

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Apeman on Wikipedia
"Apeman"
Single by The Kinks
from the album Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One
B-side"Rats"
ReleasedNovember 20, 1970 (U.K.)
December 16, 1970 (U.S.)
Format7" single 45 RPM
RecordedAug-Sep 1970 at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London
GenreRock
Length3:54
LabelPye 7N 45016 (U.K.)
Reprise 0979 (U.S.)
Writer(s)Ray Davies
ProducerRay Davies
The Kinks singles chronology

"Apeman" is a 1970 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.

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.

Contents

  • 1 Single release
  • 2 Controversy and re-dubbing
  • 3 Promo video
  • 4 Personnel
  • 5 Cover versions and usage in movies
  • 6 The Format's cover
  • 7 Track listing
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Single release[edit source | edit]

"Apeman" was released as a single in the fall of 1970, with a B-side of the Dave Davies composition "Rats". While it did not do as well on the U.S. Pop Singles chart as its predecessor, "Lola", it was a major hit in the UK, peaking at number five on the singles chart. It was also the band's final chart success in Australia, reaching #9 on its chart.

Controversy and re-dubbing[edit source | edit]

The Kinks caused some controversy, because in the line "...the air pollution is a-foggin' up my eyes...", the word "a-foggin'" sounds too much like "a-fuckin'". Like the band's previous single "Lola" where Ray Davies had to change "Coca-cola" to "cherry cola", he again had to fly back to London to re-record this line, dubbing over with a more clear "a-foggin'" prior to its single release. The original lyric remains intact on the album, and is heard at 2:20. On their Top of the Pops performance filmed later in November, the changed lyric can be heard on the backing tape.[1]

Promo video[edit source | edit]

A colour promo video was made for the song, featuring John Gosling in an ape costume.

Personnel[edit source | edit]

  • Ray Davies: Acoustic Guitars, Lead Vocal
  • Dave Davies: Double-Tracked Lead Guitar, Backing Vocal
  • John Dalton: Bass, Backing Vocal
  • John Gosling: Piano
  • Mick Avory: Drums, Maracas

Cover versions and usage in movies[edit source | edit]

The song was first covered by British singer and teenage heartthrob Jack Wild on his 1971 album Everything's Coming Up Roses, released by Buddah Records. It was covered by Fish for his 1993 album Songs from the Mirror. That version of "Apeman" is featured in the film Mondovino, and also appeared in the 1986 movies Club Paradise starring Robin Williams and Link starring Terence Stamp. The Format covered it and included it on their 2007 B-Sides & Rarities album.

The Format's cover[edit source | edit]

"Apeman"
Single by The Format
ReleasedDecember 1, 2006
GenreIndie pop
Length3:52
LabelThe Vanity Label
Writer(s)Ray Davies
The Format singles chronology

"Apeman" is a single and cover of The Kinks by The Format. It was released on December 1, 2006. It was included on their 2007 compilation B-Sides & Rarities.

Track listing[edit source | edit]

All songs written and composed by Ray Davies. 

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Paper on LVPATMPT

External links[edit source | edit]

  • Official Ray Davies Web Site
  • The Official Ray Davies Forum - "The Old Grey Board"
  • The Official Ray Davies Forum on YouTube
   

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