Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Kinks: Apeman

Up until The Kings released “Come Dancing” in 1982, the band’s top single in the US was “Lola” which peaked at #9. The follow up single from the LP “Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One,” “Apeman,” didn’t fare as well and missed the Top 40 by five points peaking in 1970 at 45. Therefore by missing the Top 40 charts (in the US), “Apeman” qualifies as our bubbling under hit for this Saturday.

Although it only hit 45 on the US charts, “Apeman” was a success in other countries. In the UK, Australia, and New Zealand the song charted at #5. It hit #9 in Germany and was a top 20 hit in The Netherlands and Canada.

Pseudo Live Version

The unique guitar sound that is found on “Apeman” and “Lola” was a resophonic guitar. I believe it was a National Style O as it is chrome plated. You can check it out in the following video.

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