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Anyone who likes them?

man, Sunday, 24 November 2002 02:41 (eighteen years ago) link

the motorpsycho zine was awesome - not related to the band i think

ddd, Sunday, 24 November 2002 16:28 (eighteen years ago) link

A GREAT live band. I saw the end of their show in Amsterdam last night while waiting for Radio4/The Faint. I guess you could say 'they rocked', like always do. I heard they played three hours and was not suprised cause I had seen them do it before. It's like the best bits of American seventies rock, with the beards. Really like the albums Trust Us, Timothy's Monster & Let Them Eat Cake. You can listen to a few live shows on our site in real audio:

search for Motorpsycho (or if you like Liars, Zen Guerilla, Spoon, Bright Eyes and 600 other shows)

sander, Sunday, 24 November 2002 17:25 (eighteen years ago) link

Saw them at Tewrrastock and thought they were great but they did go on and are terribly unoriginal - but some decent tunes.

tigerclawskank, Monday, 25 November 2002 11:59 (eighteen years ago) link

It's like the best bits of American seventies rock, with the beards.

Indeed, with their endless noodling, album titles like 'It's A Love Cult', pointless jams and unwashed hippie look they are probably quite a bit similar to Yes and The Grateful Dead. Only the voices of both singers are more annoying than Jon Anderson's.

Martijn ter Haar (wmterhaar), Monday, 25 November 2002 12:41 (eighteen years ago) link

Seem to cover many different styles. Saw their 70s Southern Rock set at Terrastock - horrible apart from "Black To Comm". Have _Trust Us_ 2CD - good record. Heard something about them doing an E6-ish pop LP not so long back.

Wondering Boy Poet, Monday, 25 November 2002 15:58 (eighteen years ago) link

six years pass...

I'm listening to a couple of their older, pre-Allman Brothers infatuation.
Their mix of psychedelic hard rock, distorted indie pop and prog inclinations still works somehow.
Sad they lost their plot so completely.

Marco Damiani, Thursday, 8 January 2009 08:49 (twelve years ago) link

Their two most recent albums are great. They're back to psychedelic indierock and their latest album Little Lucid Moments is my album of the year 2008, featuring very great though also very lengthy psychedelic rock. Their shows are also back to the very loud rock they were known for (and also great).

Marty Innerlogic, Thursday, 8 January 2009 10:27 (twelve years ago) link

I still find that their two early noughties albums were the best they ever did, when they did basically the same proggy stuff they've always done, but mixed it with psychedelic pop instead of hard rock. :)

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 8 January 2009 21:44 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

New album "Heavy Metal Fruit" out now.
Its very, very good!

Marco Damiani, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 14:18 (eleven years ago) link

nine months pass...

Listening to the 4CD box version of Timothy's Monster today. I've never listened to Motorpsycho before. They don't sound anything like their name would suggest, at least not to me.

that's not funny. (unperson), Sunday, 7 November 2010 15:17 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

I missed your thread revive.

I made a Motorpsycho Box Set here. You can stream and download it

My six month infatuation with Motorpsycho is coming to an end but I'm sure I'll go back.
Definitely one of the best bands ever

gravity explodes (CaptainLorax), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 23:29 (ten years ago) link

From what I've read on their forum the band is now busy with compiling another live album in their Roadworks series. This should be Roadwork IV. And they're probably also writing another new album by now...

Marty Innerlogic, Thursday, 30 December 2010 13:20 (ten years ago) link


Ludo, Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:22 (ten years ago) link

Once a year, I go back to them just to re-discover how good they are.
I didnt particularly like Its A Love Cult and Phanerotyme, but every album from Black Hole onwards is good.
Glad to see you put the alternate version of Grindstone in your box!

ps is Nature's Way a Spirit cover?

Marco Damiani, Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:28 (ten years ago) link

Cool, I've been vaguely interested in this band based on some things I've heard by them lately (not necessarily recent recordings).

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:00 (ten years ago) link

I guess that's re: the best of linked to above.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:01 (ten years ago) link

xpp, yeah I guess it is a Spirit cover. I never heard the original until now

gravity explodes (CaptainLorax), Friday, 31 December 2010 01:43 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

I like it - it's a big, pleasant mess, where you can easily detached the usual influences (Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Van Der Graaf, Sun Ra) but there are enough twists and turns to keep you satisfied. There's some filler too, but tracks like Through The Veil or La Lethe are quite good.

Marco Damiani, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:40 (nine years ago) link

Very proggy, very jazzy. A massive listening experience. But it won't become my favorite MP-album, I'm more in favor of shorter songs.

Nevertheless, they deliver every single time.

Marty Innerlogic, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:01 (nine years ago) link

they sure do. this is incredible. "into the mystic" is massive
unfortunate title and all

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 14:45 (nine years ago) link

Check the album, like Marty wrote is massive and all over the place but it is rewarding (and even the failures are somehow glorious).

Marco Damiani, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 15:53 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:57 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

we got any fans here? been hearing some tracks here & there and I'm really digging them, though normally this kind of thing isn't really up my alley.

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:46 (six years ago) link

Oh definitely fans around here. Their latest album Behind The Sun is a step up to the previous one Still Life With Eggplant which didn't grab me like their older albums. Still not a big fan of The Death Defying Unicorn since I like my Motorpsycho playing shorter, more rocking songs, but if you dig proggy orchestral experimental stuff you should try that one.

Their run from 1995 - 1999 is still unsurpassable, with the albums Timothy's Monster, Blissard, Angels And Daemons At Play and their masterpiece Trust Us.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Thursday, 14 August 2014 13:08 (six years ago) link

if you dig proggy orchestral experimental stuff you should try that one.


Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:10 (six years ago) link

i'm an atypical fan and always stanning for Let Them Eat Cake (which is from their psychedelic pop phase). so there.

but thus bump will inspire me to re-listen to the run Marty mentioned.

Ludo, Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:54 (six years ago) link

Listening to Trust Us right now! So damn good.

loving Vortex Surfer, got a massive coda

Strictly EZ Snappin' Nhex (Spottie), Friday, 15 August 2014 21:33 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

Is it just me or is the mix on Timothy's Monster all wrong? Not that it sounds bad, but there's something weird about it, on these sorts of 'normal' melodic rock songs the drums sort of sit in the front while the vocals lay in the background, it's weird and kind of cool, especially when new instruments come in and just take over the whole mix. Outside of maybe The Fall with Mark E. at the mixing desk I can't think of anything else produced quite this way.

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:15 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

First exposure to them was Liitle Lucid. Great. Thinking I should take a chronological approach to the albums

calstars, Friday, 25 March 2016 02:28 (four years ago) link

For those with less time and patience to make it through their 18+ album discography, they released a concise two disc collection last year, Supersonic Scientists - A Young Person´s Guide To Motorpsycho that's a nice intro.

Since you like LLM, I'd recommend checking out Heavy Metal Fruit (2010) next, before going back to the beginning. Demon Box (1993) and Timothy's Monster (1994) are quite different.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 25 March 2016 14:42 (four years ago) link

Word, thanks

calstars, Friday, 25 March 2016 17:22 (four years ago) link

I think I really love this band

frogbs, Friday, 8 April 2016 12:16 (four years ago) link

eight months pass...

"Evernine" from Trust Us is the only song I wanna hear today, over and over again

frogbs, Friday, 30 December 2016 17:50 (four years ago) link

six months pass...


On September 8 2017 we release our new album ‘The Tower’ on Rune Grammofon / Stickman Records. It is a double LP, a double CD, and will also be available digitally.

This is how we got here:

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 28 July 2017 04:52 (three years ago) link

change of drummer and producer hopefully will do them some good, their description got me hyped for this

Spottie, Friday, 28 July 2017 08:14 (three years ago) link

was playing some MP when my Dad was around, I think "Whip That Ghost" was on and he said "this is really great, you have good taste" then "Psychonaut" came on and he was like "what the hell is this? put that other band on"

frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:26 (three years ago) link


Spottie, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:31 (three years ago) link

I've had similar experiences with Ween too

frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:32 (three years ago) link

yeh ween is even more varied

Spottie, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:34 (three years ago) link

give dad Phanerothyme for his birthday, that's their ultimate dadrock album I reckon!

new album cover looking promising. Double album.. not so sure.

Ludo, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:43 (three years ago) link

both of them did made surprisingly great country records too. I think that's what links them together, in my mind

kinda glad this one's a double since so many of their great 90's ones were. probably means there will be a few throwaway bits but that's the psychos for ya

frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:46 (three years ago) link

the fairly recent Black Hole/Blank canvas was pretty meh though... (not be a bummer to the party).

and almost all MP records have at least 1 or 2 great tracks, so.. this one should have 4

Ludo, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:58 (three years ago) link

stoked. other double albums (death-defying unicorn oh yeah) have been dope

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:04 (three years ago) link

could I get a few POX's? I keep wanting to get into these guys but their catalog is so damn daunting

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:05 (three years ago) link

Generally think the four record run of Demon Box-Timothy's Monster-Blissard-Angels and Daemons at Play is unfuckwithable. Tough to single out songs from those albums though, as they are such a part of the album their on.

Would have to think long and hard about a POX.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:44 (three years ago) link

^dead on. Been listening to those albums nonstop lately.

the ghost of lorax past (FlopsyDuck), Friday, 11 August 2017 02:54 (three years ago) link

Sometimes when bands have an overwhelmingly huge catalog I start with a mix based on the songs they play live the most:

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 11 August 2017 04:56 (three years ago) link

I would add Trust Us to the run Le Bateau Ivre just described, such a massive experience. Also, Black Hole/Blank Canvas is great, one of their most underrated albums. Curious about the new one, a friend of mine saw them live just last week at the Krach Am Bach festival and he said the new songs he heard were great, a lot heavier than the previous few albums.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 11 August 2017 10:35 (three years ago) link

And just for fun, my Motorpsycho POX:

Pills powders and passion plays
Hey Jane
The golden core
The other fool
Sonic teenage Guinevere
Uberwagner (or a billion bubbles in mind)
The ocean in her eyes

...this feels way too short, I could easily add another ten.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 11 August 2017 10:39 (three years ago) link

I just heard "Starmelt/Lovelight" for the first time on the Supersonic Scientists comp last year. I guess that was on the Lovelight EP -- amazing that with all those albums people can single out a cut from an EP!

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 11 August 2017 12:54 (three years ago) link

It's also on Angels And Daemons At Play. If I were to single out an EP track it would be Mad Sun. Unbelievable that they didn't put that one on a regular album.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 11 August 2017 13:08 (three years ago) link

"Step Inside" from the 8 Soothing Songs for Rut EP is great, I wish they'd included that on Demon Box instead of the muffled and brooding version we got

amazing how these dudes were able to whip so many pitch-perfect pop songs out of their asses, unusual for such a jam-heavy band. Angels and Daemons has 3 - "Walking on the Water", "Starmelt/Lovelight", and "Like Always".

can't even begin a POX right now but "Sinful, Wind-Borne" and "Evernine" would definitely be on it

frogbs, Friday, 11 August 2017 13:48 (three years ago) link

I'd definitely add Trust Us to the classic run of albums.
Speaking of pop songs, it has their very best, 'Hey Jane'.

I kinda lost track of them after 'Let Them Eat Cake', but I'll check out at least BHBC based on the recommendations above.

And FnB, I had never thought of the setlist trick - that is one to remember!

ArchCarrier, Saturday, 12 August 2017 10:47 (three years ago) link

I haven't heard BHBC in years, but I don't remember it as among their best. But you should check out Little Lucid Moments, Heavy Metal Fruit and last years Here Be Monsters (And the 12 inch with the title track).

satans favourite son, Saturday, 12 August 2017 20:02 (three years ago) link

Makes me very happy this thread does

calstars, Sunday, 13 August 2017 01:56 (three years ago) link

xp - Will do!

ArchCarrier, Sunday, 13 August 2017 05:19 (three years ago) link

Glad to see MP get some appreciation here! I've been a fan since seeing them play for 30 people in a dingy punk rock shoebox on the Demon Box tour. The post-BHBC work never really resonated with me, but this new one sounds interesting, change of drummer might just be the thing they needed.

Anyways here's my quick & dirty POX in no particular order:

Walking on the Water
Radiance Freq.
Un Chien d'Espace
The Slow Phaseout
Sinful, wind-borne

sonderpop, Monday, 14 August 2017 12:40 (three years ago) link

You can listen to a new song here:

satans favourite son, Saturday, 26 August 2017 06:24 (three years ago) link

Rune Grammofon wouldn't give me a promo because it was not officially released yet in North America, hence the pricey $31+ import price on Amazon. I ordered from Stickman which was better, about $23 USD. I won't get the CDs for at least a week but it's just started floating in the c-ether and is on Spotify -



Fastnbulbous, Friday, 8 September 2017 04:10 (three years ago) link

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 8 September 2017 14:43 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Reprtedly their only 2017 UK show (London in October) was pretty sparsely attended. A bit surprising to me and I might have made more of an effort to go if I'd had an inkling it wouldn't be guaranteed busy.

Seems their European popularity doesn't extend across the Channel.

Noel Emits, Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:24 (three years ago) link

That seems about right. I read a lot about how important they are to the Norwegian scene and how their stuff often ranks amongst Norway's best music, which gives me the impression that they aren't very popular anywhere else. Kind of funny to see discussion threads which are half "just discovered these guys and they're amazing, why aren't they more popular?" and half "what are you talking about, we've loved them for years!"

frogbs, Thursday, 14 December 2017 15:20 (three years ago) link

On the Tower, “In Every Dream” is very good. I couldn’t really get with the slower acoustic stuff on the album. At times the singer just sounds kind of cheesy.

calstars, Sunday, 17 December 2017 03:18 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Apparently there's something that isn't working for them beyond Europe. The only lists this album made besides mine was #10 on Prog Magazine's, and The Needledrop's 15 Underrated episode.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 31 December 2017 14:09 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

They're reissuing their Roadwork series of live albums on vinyl (with CDs in the packaging), and adding a new set. Here's the rundown:

Roadwork Vol. 1 (1999) 2LP/1CD
The Other Fool
A K9 Suite
You Lied
Black to Comm
Words of Wisdom
Vortex Surfer

Roadwork Vol. 2 (2000) 2LP/1CD
Olemanns Kornett
The Wheel
Finske Skoger
The Golden Core

Roadwork Vol. 3 (2002) 2LP/1CD *originally released as part of the Haircuts DVD*
Stained Glass
Custer's Last Stand (One More Daemon)
Little Ricky Massenburg

Roadwork Vol. 5 (2018) 3LP/2CD
Ship of Fools
Un Chien d'Espace

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 15:50 (two years ago) link

Listened to Roadwork Vol. 5 this morning while doing laundry. It's really nice. Other than a little two-minute interlude, the shortest song is 11 minutes, and the longest is over 30.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 21 June 2018 13:05 (two years ago) link

oh nice, can't wait to get my hands on it. I only have 1 & 2. 1 is a classic, of course. I kinda love 2 as well though I guess the premise of "three different bands meet each other (presumably) for the first time" may be sort of a turn off. it's pretty wild though.

frogbs, Thursday, 21 June 2018 18:16 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

okay, I've got Vol 3 now and it's great. the "four Norsemen" are presumably the trio + a keyboard player, which does give them the dimension to play something like "Stained Glass", but otherwise they kinda stay away from the folky/rootsy stuff, instead kicking out the jams as they always do. I mean, holy shit, that 20-minute "Hogwash" is something else. And followed up by "STG" ? Wow. Its kinda cool in that there is so much jamming and improvising that a lot of times you forget what song you're listening to. Which is the way I wish more live albums were. Great stuff.

frogbs, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 12:54 (two years ago) link

Yeah, I wrote about the whole set at the end of July. I don't think I'm ever gonna dive all the way into their catalog, but there's a lot on these live records that I like a lot.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 13:47 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

holy shit this song is good

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:19 (two years ago) link

link is dead

marcos smart (Spottie), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:36 (two years ago) link

try this

those "[Artist Name] - topic" accounts are strange

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:40 (two years ago) link

That is lush, thank you.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 22:27 (two years ago) link


marcos smart (Spottie), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 21:08 (two years ago) link

^ Good times indeed.

Somehow I've only just seen that a new one was announced. Pre orders already shipping apparently.

*there's (Noel Emits), Friday, 8 February 2019 12:06 (two years ago) link

These guys and Autechre putting the lie to the idea that Gen X are slackers.

*there's (Noel Emits), Friday, 8 February 2019 12:09 (two years ago) link

heres another one, I really like this side of the band

frogbs, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:29 (two years ago) link

One of their best album openers imo.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 February 2019 08:20 (two years ago) link

I agree, though I think the album itself (It's a Love Cult) is one of their weaker efforts.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Monday, 11 February 2019 12:42 (two years ago) link

I prefer it over Phanerothyme, but there are stronger ones, sure.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 February 2019 12:44 (two years ago) link

one of their best album closers too, I really love this song. it's like some great Nazz outtake

frogbs, Monday, 11 February 2019 14:33 (two years ago) link

another cool thing - "STG" (Sonic Teenage Guinnevere) uses the same tuning as "Guinnevere" by CSN. of course MP's version rocks a lot harder :)

anyone hear the new one yet?

frogbs, Monday, 18 February 2019 21:51 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

We went back into Studio Black Box in France (where we did the Ole album in June) for a two week session without any defined idea or clear concept of what we wanted to achieve, and just recorded as many of the songs we have amassed over the last couple of years as possible. It turned out to be quite a lot of music, probably too much for even a double album, so we’ll have to think a bit about how to do this one. It is far too early for us to say anything sensible about it, so we’ll need the winter to sort things out and see what it actually is. Maybe it’s time for another triple LP? We’ll see – it ain’t done til it’s done!

hell yeah it's time

frogbs, Friday, 27 September 2019 20:42 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Newish documentary. Interesting interviews with the band intercut with fantastic recent live footage and a bit of history. Woah.

And an oldish documentary from 2000 for Dutch TV.

Noel Scott Emits (Noel Emits), Friday, 29 November 2019 22:51 (one year ago) link

One year ago (11/30/18) I saw these guys at Nasjonal Jazzscene in Oslo, as part of Rune Grammofon's two-night 20th anniversary show. The set list was mostly songs from The Tower, plus three older ones. It was loud as fuck and pretty glorious.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 29 November 2019 23:39 (one year ago) link

The live stuff in the new film is recorded off the desk and sounds amazing. I know they've always improvised but Bent isn't kidding when he says they're playing a kind of jazz.

Noel Scott Emits (Noel Emits), Saturday, 30 November 2019 07:40 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

I'm really quite knocked out by Little Lucid Moments. This is the one I'd have started with if I'd known. Still yet to connect in any big way with most of the pre-Kapstad era stuff (not via the medium of Youtube anyway); I can tell it's really vital but too straight 90s indie rock. I dunno.

I also got Still Life With Eggplant recently and while it's not as significant it works well as a mellow companion to LLM. Barleycorn and Afterglow are really nice.

Dare I say I feel I now have a pretty good handle on Motorpsycho 2008-present day.

ceci n'est pas un ppe (Noel Emits), Saturday, 16 May 2020 10:18 (nine months ago) link

"she left on the sun ship" is astonishing

― reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:09 (four years ago)

Noel Emits, Saturday, 16 May 2020 10:22 (nine months ago) link

LLM is great, all four tunes have one really amazing bit on it

I prefer Heavy Metal Fruit though, not huge on "Starhammer" but I love everything else

frogbs, Saturday, 16 May 2020 22:19 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

next MP album gonna have a 42 minute tune on it god damn

Hi psychonauts!

Summer is coming on strong and whatever bit of the world that still went to work ….will soon not.
No rest for the wicked though, and both we, our team and our record company friends are busy preparing the next Motorpsycho album for release!

This album is called The All Is One, and will be released on 2xLP, 2xCD as well as digitally through both Stickman Records and Rune Grammofon on August 28, 2020.
The cover art is once again by Håkon Gullvåg, and this time around is art painted esp for us!

It is a long album that features music from two sessions we did last year. The first session included our favourite Stockholmian Norwegian Reine Fiske, and took place in Black Box Studio in France in September. The second, featured two of our favourite Norwegian musicians, Ola Kvernberg and Lars Horntveth, and was a brief three day affair at Ocean Sound Studio on the Norwegian west coast in November.

At the center of this album is a long 5 part piece featuring some of the most radical stuff we’ve done on record in a while, but if the prospect of a 42minute piece for ballet inspired by paintings, alchemy and the tarot seems too daunting, there is also a handful of losely related shorter songs to get into. For us this is obviously just different views and tangents of the one thing, but you will all make of it what you will, and hopefully it will all make some sort of sense to you however deep you choose to go.

We guess the details – cover, song titles and whatnot – will be made public as summer moves along, so watch the various relevant spaces for relevant info and hang loose – it’ll be worth the wait, we promise!

frogbs, Friday, 19 June 2020 17:18 (eight months ago) link

They were framing this as potentially a 3xLP before so this has probably been pared down if anything

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Friday, 19 June 2020 17:32 (eight months ago) link

seven months pass...

are they really doing another record? come on, enough already

frogbs, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 18:15 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, I mean, how dare they.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 18:25 (two weeks ago) link

pls no trenchant social commentary on the next one thanks

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 19:38 (two weeks ago) link

Sorry, Simon ;-)

The title cut, "Kingdom of Oblivion", is about the opiate epidemic.

Noel Emits, Monday, 22 February 2021 12:52 (two weeks ago) link

Mercy and grace and I
said our sad soft goodbyes
here in the fashion of delusion's reign

Humbug and hogwash both spread
like some cancerous growth
the discourse just felt insane

New borad description. Seriously though, who can deny the sentiment.

Noel Emits, Monday, 22 February 2021 13:05 (two weeks ago) link

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