“Apeman” – The Kinks


From the 1970 album “Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround Part 1,” is the Kinks’ “Apeman.” I don’t have anything profound to say about “Apeman” other than that I’ve always loved this song.  The Kinks created a mild controversy with the line “the air pollution is a-foggin’ up my eyes,” because the way Ray Davies phrased “foggin’,” it sounded like another f-word we all know and love.  This looks like a “Top of the Pops” performance … part live, part lip sync. No word yet on when “Lola … Part 2” will ever see the light of day.

“Strangers” – The Kinks (with scenes from “The Darjeeling Limited” dir. Wes Anderson)

Next to “Celluloid Heroes,” “Strangers” is my favorite Kinks song.  It was the song I always came back to on thier 1970 album “Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround.”  The song was effectively used in Wes Anderson’s 2007 film “The Darjeeling Limited” and the YouTube video is a montage of scenes from the film set to this song.   A beautiful song.