I seldom do this, but I am so enamoured of this song that I want to share it. I’m not sure exactly what speaks to me so loudly; the nostalgic feel of the video, the camp and elegant rendition of the song, or the frightfully witty lyrics. Suffice to say I confess to having a bit of a crush.

King Kong tonight – Rhoderic Land / 2008

She makes the moon go ape and the monkeys go bananas
When the sun goes down on the jungles and savannahs
A strong man’s dream of an African Queen
And I’m King Kong tonight

I met her at the mission where the Jesuits prayed
They had a new position, so we all got laid
Took her down the river in a boat I made, singing:
I’m King Kong tonight!

But her man came home; a half-a-ton gorilla
He took a look at me and said “hmm, I like vanilla”
Then he and Mrs. Kong began to get it on
And I was monkey-in-the-middle all night

I ran to the mission in my distress
Told them all about it and they wanted her address
A missionary needs a little change, I guess, even…
King Kong tonight…

She makes the moon go ape and the monkeys go bananas…

Many miles from the jungle and the years have flown
I’m living in Manhattan, so it feels like home
But the women are neurotic and they’re bald as bones
And they won’t kiss Kong tonight I miss that monkey that I loved so dear
I even miss her husband, but I don’t mean queer
It would just be nice if we could all be here, watching:
King Kong, tonight

She made the moon go ape and the monkeys go bananas
When the sun went down on the jungles and savannahs
A strong man’s dream was an African Queen, for me…
King Kong tonight

She makes the moon go ape……



      • Incredible. I can see why ‘anyone’ would go ape. Quite a story!
        Especially with the Jesuits getting it on. What humor! And the presentation, drinking the liquor, perfect timing in the action,acting, playing the piano and everything. Really, good presentation.

      • He’s a nice man too, I’ve had correspondence from him in response to a note I sent him. He’s a perfectionist and just passionate about making each song perfect.

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this, Cindy. Hearing a popular song from another country helps put music into a different perspective. Loved the song, REALLY loved the production.

    • I posted the link on my Facebook page a couple of months ago Rik, nobody had ever heard of him. It appears he is an American living in Paris, I am trying to find out more about him. He has just released his debut album, but it has yet to reach our shores. There are some recordings on his FB page (only 550 fans!), but King Kong Tonight is the only piece of his work on YouTube.


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  3. This wonderful man is my big brother! I’ve always thought he was so gifted – he has it naturally! He is British, living in Paris. Lovely to see him truly appreciated. Keep posting it to your friends! XX

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