220 – The Jam – Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (1978)
Written by Paul Weller
Produced by Vic Coppersmith – Heaven
Label – Polydor
The well chronicled song writer’s “dry up” that afflicted Paul Weller following the success of their debut LP the previous year, and the less than well received “Modern World” LP, meant that The Jam were almost cast as also-rans as the New Wave began to explode. Pressured by this, he and the band worked tirelessly to regain momentum, and the result, 1978’s “All Mod Cons”, is still the band’s outstanding achievement. Weller’s true skill was that he was able to talk to ordinary people with an extraordinary voice, and the fears of the “yob” culture that gripped big city Britain is perfectly captured in this song. It is a stirring record of impenetrable depth that would open the door for one of Britain’s greatest bands.