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324 - Tube Geeks!


Speaker: Mark Worden (Standard British accent)

Last year Mike Strevens photographed all 270 London Underground stations with his iPhone. As he explains, he published his work on Instagram:

Mike Strevens (Standard British accent)

I don’t think I could have done it in any other way, actually: if I were just taking the photographs for myself and publishing them later on, I think I might have got bored very easily, but it was… people were really… it was almost like a… like a TV series, really, that people wanted to see what happened at the end, and people were trying to guess what the last station would be, and in the end it was quite inevitable that I chose my local station, Arsenal, to finish on! So!

Geoff Marshall, on the other hand, is in Guinness World Records for having visited all 270 stations in 16 hours 20 minutes and 27 seconds, while comedian Jay Foreman is the co-author, with Jon Gracey, of the “Every Tube Station Song.” This lists all 270 stations in three minutes. When not travelling on the Underground Geoff works as a cameraman. As he and Jay explain, he was the perfect choice when it came to filming the video of “The Every Tube Station Song”:

Geoff Marshall (Standard British accent)

There’s another website which you should all look at called, if you’re visiting London, called londonist.com and I do make a series of videos for them which... called “Secrets of the Underground,” which point out all the little facts andfigures and things that you can see on the Tube. So Jay knew I did this, Jay knew I was capable of making, you know, a quality video. He had an amazing song. 

Jay Foreman (Standard British accent)

I knew you had a camera!

Geoff Marshall

And we had a camera, and so it just kind of like “happened.” And so I... I filmed it, you sung it, and we went sneakilyaround a few Tube stations over a couple of days!

Jay Foreman

Well, this is the incredible thing: there are... there are loads of scenes in that video ‘cause we filmed it on the... well, a lot of it is green screen but a lot of it is actually on the Underground itself: we’re filming in stations and on trains and outside stations. So, to make the film, we needed as much knowledge as we could possibly get about where are the best stations, so, for example, I said, “We need a station that has a map on show outside and is well lit.”

Geoff Marshall

And I just went, “St. John’s Wood!”

Jay Foreman

Yeah, exactly! And...

Geoff Marshall

‘Cause I knew it without having to...

Jay Foreman

... can you name the station, for example, if it exists, that has two escalators going up and two going down...

Geoff Marshall

I went “Holborn!”

Jay Foreman

This is what... this is why, if I was ever going to make this video, I’d have to make it with this expert here. So it was veryfortuitous.

Geoff Marshall

Yeah, in terms of... what do they... what do they call that in the film world, where someone chooses the locations? It’s like a... it’s a location manager, isn’t it? So I was like...

Jay Foreman

You were location manager.

Geoff Marshall

I was the perfect location manager for the Tube because I knew instinctively where was the best place to go!

Jay Foreman

Otherwise we literally – and I don’t throw this around – otherwise we literally couldn’t have done it!

(Mike Strevens, Geoff Marshall and Jay Foreman were talking to Mark Worden)

To see “The Every Tube Station Song” and other funny songs, click here: 

To see Mike Strevens’s video “270 Stations in 15 Seconds”, click here: 

To see the Londonist, click here: 

To see Geoff Marshall other London Undeground projects, click here: