The Avalanches rock the New York Subway

In October 2016 The Avalanches’ released a music video for their track “Because I’m Me”. Featuring a young Michael Jackson look-alike dancing along to the music, it was the subway station backdrop that stood out to me.

The Avalanches - Because I'm Me

I then started a hunt to find out where exactly it was filmed. One article named a station:

Filmed in the The Fordham Metro-North Railroad station

But it looks like they got their tracks crossed – Fordham station on the Metro-North Railroad doesn’t look like a subway station at all.

Fordham station on the Metro-North Railroad (photo by James Haynes via Wikimedia Commons)
Fordham station on the Metro-North Railroad (photo by James Haynes via Wikimedia Commons)

But a closer look at the music video shows they got one thing right – Fordham Road was the name of the station.

The Avalanches - Because I'm Me at Fordham Road station

A check of Google shows that there are actually three stations called ‘Fordham’ in New York.

Stations called Fordham in New York

These being…

So which station is it?

The Avalanches - Because I'm Me on the B and D train

Riding the B and D train – Fordham Road station on the IND Concourse Line.

Here is the complete music video.

As well as some details about the production.

Footnote

Wikipedia has this to say on Fordham Road station:

Fordham Road is the largest station on the Concourse Line in terms of space, as it contains numerous closed stairs and passageways.

While over at SubwayNut.com:

Fordham Road/Grand Concourse definitely goes in the category of unique subway stations, the three track two platform express station is huge in various ways.

The scale of the station may explain why it was chosen as the setting for this music video – it was easy to get permission to close off some of that empty space during production.

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