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Badly Drawn Boy fails as busker
Badly Drawn Boy
Gough wrote the About a Boy soundtrack
Mercury-winning singer Badly Drawn Boy took to the streets of London to show off his busking skills but earned just 1.60 for his efforts.

The star, whose real name is Damon Gough, performed outside Waterloo Station to shoot a video for his forthcoming single All Possibilities.

Hidden cameras were set up to capture the reaction of commuters as he played guitar and sang.

The singer, who won prestigious the Mercury prize in 2000 for his album The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, spent 90 minutes busking but passers-by did not seem to be impressed.

Wearing his trademark woolly hat, thousands of commuters passed him by as he stood strumming outside the station's ticket office.

Gough said he now sympathised with buskers, saying people just did not care enough to give them money.

But he joked about his poor earnings for the day.

"Its well below the average wage isn't it? I'd be better off working at McDonald's," he told the Daily Telegraph.

He said he would donate the proceeds to charity, adding his own money to his day's takings.

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