WATCH: The London Underground Sings Blur

"Hello? Copyright department? We've got a hot one!"

“Hello? Copyright department? We’ve got a hot one!”

Wherever you go on London’s Underground, you’ll hear the sound of music. There are buskers banging drums, buskers singing plangent ballads, buskers huffing on saxophones and buskers crooning big band ballads (without a band, big or otherwise).

And now it seems even the ticket barriers are getting in on the act. Take the fourth barrier along from the right at Canary Wharf. Always the bridesmaid to the showier second and first barriers, something of a wallflower, and criminally overlooked until recently, the fourth recently began singing the “whoo-hoo” refrain from Blur’s “Song 2″ to entertain commuters.

Luckily for posterity, eagle-eared YouTuber Ritch Ames captured the moment and then set it in its proper context:

There’s no hat for your loose change, however. And putting coins in the ticket slot will definitely have unfortunate consequences.

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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