Apeman – The Kinks

Australian Charts:
Apeman peaked at no 7 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 13 March 1971.

The Kinks caused some controversy, because in the line “…the air pollution is a-foggin’ up my eyes…”, the word “a-foggin'” sounded too much like “a-f**king'”. 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, in turn causing a delay in the US single release of the song.
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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 modern-day society is a theme prevalent in many of Ray Davies’ other songs, both solo and with The Kinks.
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