Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Train Songs & The London Underground in Rock & Pop

Ahead of tomorrow's Rock'n'roll London Pub Walk, Adam writes…

The Musical London Underground Top Five

1. Graham Bond and Finsbury Park 

Born in Romford in 1937, the under-appreciated Graham Bond was a big mover and shaker in the early days of the British R&B boom. His band The Graham Bond Organisation featured Jack Bruce on bass and Ginger Baker on drums with Bond taking care of keyboard and vocal duties. He died under the wheels of a train at Finsbury Park tube station in 1974. His manifold mental health issues, heavy drug use, financial problems and dwindling commercial success all seem to have contributed to his suicide. I'll be chatting about him this afternoon on the Rock'n'Roll London Walk.

My favourite track of his is Long Tall Shorty recorded for Decca in 1964…

2. Bond Street and The Jam

The Jam's Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
, a four-minute post-Punk Play For Today about racially aggravated assault made No.15 in the UK chart in 1978. The sleeve featured a shot taken at Bond Street Underground station…

3. Fab Macca at Leicester Square

Dame Paul McCartney busks at Leicester Square tube in the movie Give My Regards To Broad Street.

4. Liverpool Street

NME journo Tony Parsons interviewed The Clash on a Circle Line train in the spring of 1977. According to Parsons, they all alighted Liverpool Street tube to take amphetamine sulphate in a photo booth on the platform.

5. Chalk Farm and Madness

The 1980 album Absolutely sees Madness pose outside Chalk Farm tube. Perhaps a signal failure at Kennington had prevented them from shooting the sleeve inside…?

For good measure, here's a train song playlist entitled For Those In Peril On the Northern Line…

Here's the trailer for the Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk…

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