THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Jam – “Down In The Tube Station”


THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Jam – “Down In The Tube Station”.

The Jam’s reign at the top of the British charts really began with 1978’s “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight.” Picking up where he left off with “‘A’ Bomb in Wardour Street,” Paul Weller drew a devastating character sketch of a young man attacked by jackbooted thugs in the subway station as he headed home to a romantic dinner with his wife. Prior to this song, Weller’s work was stronger on its raw, vital musicality than it was on its lyrics, which tend to be passionate outbursts of rage and passion.

Weller’s details and narrative make “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight” transcend its time. And its clever, impassioned lyrics and textured music, along with the Jam’s impeccable sense of style, meant that it was the song that ushered in the Mod Revival era.