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Track This: The Jam-Down in the Tube Station at Midnight

The Jam's "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" has been one of my favorite Jam tracks since I first purchased Greatest Hits in 1995. Long before I listened to all their records, and just when I was beginning to dip my toe, into Paul Weller's increasingly lengthy catalog, I would play the track on my beatdown boom box. Sequestered among rock posters and stacks of comic books, I marveled at Weller's detailed songwriting that told of another side of British culture different from what I got from The Clash, my favorite British band at the time.

While I loved early Jam tracks like "Eton Rifles" and "The Modern World" and later got heavily into the later soulful tracks, especially "Town Called Malice" and the ballad "The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)," "Down in the Tube Station" grabbed hold of my teenage imagination and would not let go. The imagery and story-telling alone sucked me in, but the music sealed…

365 Films in 2017 #149-158

149. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Stanley Kubrick, Columbia

150. Never Weaken (1921), Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, Pathe Exchange

151. The Kid (1921), Charlie Chaplin, First National

152. Megaforce (1982), Hal Needham, 20th Century Fox

153. Ticks aka Infested (1933), Tony Randel, Republic

154. The Tingler (1959), William Castle, Columbia

155. Boone the Bounty Hunter (2017), Robert Kirbyson, Vision

156. Chopping Mall aka Killbots (1986), Jim Wynorski, Concorde

157. If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011), Marshall Curry, Oscilloscope Laboratories

158. The Over-The-Hill Gang (1969), Jean Yarbrough, Thomas-Spelling

365 Films in 2017 #139-148

139. The Corpse Grinders (1971), Ted V. Mikels,

140. Killer Cop (1975), Luciano Ercoli, Prouzioni Atlas consorziate

 141. Farewell, My Lovely (1975), Dick Richards, Avco Embassy

 142. The Big Combo (1955), Joseph H. Lewis, Allied Artists

143. Border Radio (1987), Allison Anders, Dean Lent, and Kurt Voss, International Film Marketing

144. The Benchwarmers (2006), Dennis Dugan, Columbia

145. Thor: The Dark World (2013), Alan Taylor, Marvel Studios

146. Brother's Keeper (1992), Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, Wellspring

147. Three Colours: Blue (1993), Krzysztof Kieślowski, Miramax

148. Three Colours: White (1994), Krzysztof Kieślowski, Miramax

365 Films in 2017 #129-138

129. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Bryan Singer, 20th Century Fox

130. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Bryan Singer, 20th Century Fox

131. Suicide Squad (2016), David Ayer, Warner Bros.

132. Ant-Man (2015), Peyton Reed, Marvel Studios

133. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Joel Coen, Gramercy

134. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Anthony and Joe Russo, Marvel Studios

135. Captain America: Civil War (2016), Anthony and Joe Russo, Marvel Studios

 136. Only The Lonely (1991), Chris Columbus, 20th Century Fox

 137. The Penalty (1920), Wallace Worsley, Goldwyn

138. The Phantom of the Opera (1925), Rupert Julian, Universal