On Jan. 2, 1971, The Kink’s “Apeman” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #88. The song, from the album Lola vs. the Powerman & the Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1, was the LP’s second single, eventually reaching #45 in the US and going to #5 in the UK (the previous summer’s single, “Lola,” hit #9 and #2 respectively).
The song, written by Ray Davies, laments the sophistication and education of modern man while he ravages the Earth, and romanticizes an escape to a simpler, more natural life in the jungle.
The song caused controversy with its lyric “the air pollution is a-foggin’ up my eyes” (heard at 2:08 in the embedded clip). Davies insisted the word was “foggin'” as opposed to others who heard an obscene adjective.