Roky Erickson

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What was the deal with the dude? Drugs? Genius? Or just too many horror movies?

PC Load Letter (mawill5), Tuesday, 12 August 2003 02:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the deal was he rockt!

nnnh oh oh nnnh nnnh oh (James Blount), Tuesday, 12 August 2003 02:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

dave q's roky erickson t-shirt is badass

geeta (geeta), Tuesday, 12 August 2003 02:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

whatsit say?

nnnh oh oh nnnh nnnh oh (James Blount), Tuesday, 12 August 2003 02:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

drugs and the caring hands of the Texas State Penitentiary System in the late 60's.

Kingfish (Kingfish), Tuesday, 12 August 2003 04:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

If I had the bloody hammer . . . if only.

jack cole (jackcole), Tuesday, 12 August 2003 04:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

2 quick stories. My favorite X-Files starred Charles Nelson Reilly and featured Jesse Ventura as a man in black. Who did he visit? Erik Rokerson. Ends with a the Roky character standing in front of a Illuminati symbol aka The Pyrimid Meets The Eye.
One More. A friend is in a punk band, Anti-seen. They were on tour in Texas, found Roky living with his mom, and invited him out on a week of the tour. He accepted, and rode around in a van with them drinking beer and hanging out.

Speedy Gonzalas (Speedy Gonzalas), Tuesday, 12 August 2003 05:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

get 'the evil one'.

dave q's roky erickson t-shirt seconded: It only sez roky erickson but it has a pic of him as a vampire but i might be wrong.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 12 August 2003 07:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Everyone blames the acid for Roky's, errrrrrrr, unique take on reality but I'm guessing being framed by the Texas cops and having to undergo psychiatric treatment in order to escape a lengthy prison sentence didn't help. I shudder to think what they did to the poor boy.

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 12 August 2003 11:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Aparently member of his family were worse for him then the cops.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Tuesday, 12 August 2003 12:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hey there's suppose to be a movie being made about him, i'll try & find where i read that

duane, Tuesday, 12 August 2003 12:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


ToT :: Save your Darling's Life!
... Squeeze. Corcoran reports Jack Black hopes to star in and produce a
film about Texas acid rock legend Roky Erickson. Related: Jack ...
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duane, Tuesday, 12 August 2003 12:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
movie doc coming to AFU theater near DC

YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME
Keven McAlester
USA, 2005, 88 minutes

Many former rock stars crave a comeback and the glory of the spotlight. But Roky Erickson, credited as the creator of psychedelic rock, struggles just to stay afloat after a stint in a Texas mental institution.

Thursday 6/16 at 6:45 p.m.

Steve K (Steve K), Friday, 27 May 2005 03:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

I THINK UP DEMONS

FOR YOU!

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

He's playing at the Portland (OR) Garage Fest in a couple weeks. Heard several people have mention that he's the only performer they're really excited to see. Which is cool, but a bit surprising. Didn't know he'd become such a draw.

Anyway, I've never seen him before, so I'm pretty excited myself. Anybody seen him lately? I mean, I'm expecting rock stuff from The Evil One, since that seems to be his most popular album, but I'd be happy with All That May Do My Rhyme folk.

That's not just me saying that, that's the Pentagon. (contenderizer), Thursday, 8 October 2009 02:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

I listened to the Mogwai song with him recently and was really moved by his vocal. His growl on this song ("Devil Rides") sorta purrs in a lower register that sounds to me like crying, hence the emotional response. I don't have any reason to think he's trying to sound like that, though. Plus, it's a typical Mogwai "crushing bleakness of existence" melody. It's a pretty good song.

Euler, Thursday, 8 October 2009 09:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've been wanting to pick up that DVD for ages, but it hasn't (to my knowledge) been released in Europe. Only available as US import in NTSC format. Pity

Duke, Thursday, 8 October 2009 17:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

by "that DVD" I mean the "You're Gonna Miss Me" film

Duke, Thursday, 8 October 2009 17:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's pretty intense. Some great bonus stuff, too. Performances from all over his career, in various states.
And this spoken word thing called "I know the hole in babys head" (I think) that really puts the edge on.

Trip Maker, Friday, 9 October 2009 00:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Roky is playing the El Rey tomorrow night and I'm wondering... What are his recent-ish shows like? I want to go, but am a little wary of just how much these shows are Roky and how much are his backing band. (this show isn't with Okkervil River)

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 1 March 2012 06:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

I saw him back in October. His road band is pretty good. The set was mostly The Evil One-era material, but this last time they threw in "Roller Coaster" and "Reverberation" along with "You're Gonna Miss Me" as bonuses.

I've seen him 3 times in the past 3 years, and this last one was easily the sloppiest (missed lyrics, guitar issues). On the other hand, at the same show, during a run of (IIRC) "Bloody Hammer"/"The Wind & More"/"Creature With The Atom Brain" he turned in some of the most intense performances I've ever seen. Really felt the possession.

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 March 2012 07:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

He's touring again

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 February 2014 14:39 (five years ago) Permalink

I saw him a week ago in Mpls, it was good. His band was okay and he seemed to kind of tune in & out, focus wise, but when he was on it was pretty great. This

"I've seen him 3 times in the past 3 years, and this last one was easily the sloppiest (missed lyrics, guitar issues). On the other hand, at the same show, during a run of (IIRC) "Bloody Hammer"/"The Wind & More"/"Creature With The Atom Brain" he turned in some of the most intense performances I've ever seen. Really felt the possession."

is pretty much what the show I was like.

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 10 February 2014 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

he's playing here this saturday, would like to see him before the great inevitable. avoided his SXSW perf back in 2010 due to a distaste for his loathsome backing band at the time.

https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1/262788_10152556432283625_1797485046_n.jpg

a hard dom is good to find (Edward III), Monday, 10 February 2014 16:40 (five years ago) Permalink

I liked him on Austin City Limits a while back, with "two bands put together plus Billy Gibbons," as Roky summed up.

dow, Monday, 10 February 2014 23:31 (five years ago) Permalink

And those Light In The Attic reissues we were talking about on Rolling Reissues 2013---the link to that LITA page with all the details, vids, etc. still works too:
ight in the Attic is reissuing three 80s Roky Erickson albums - The Evil One, Don't Slander Me, and Gremlins Have Pictures. Bonus tracks in all cases, 2LP or CD, lavish booklets, etc. I'm pretty excited about the first two - the Evil One reissue has all the tracks from both the US and UK versions, and Don't Slander Me just fucking rules.

― 誤訳侮辱, Thursday, June 27, 2013 4:41 PM (7 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Oh cool! The Sympathy For The Record Industry edition of Evil One is long oop and expensive. Also, Roky himself might actually see money from these editions.

― Mr. Mojo Readin' (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:38 PM (7 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Oh yeah, and here's their edition of The Evil One (all 15 tracks). Can read all about it, listen to clips, watch a vid: http://lightintheattic.net/releases/889-the-evil-one

― dow, Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:51 PM (7 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

dow, Monday, 10 February 2014 23:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Those Light In The Attic reissues are great. There's almost 100 pages of (cd size) liner notes between them!

I saw Roky again last year right before Halloween. His current backing band, the Hounds of Baskerville, is led by his son and are very good. They've been digging deeper for set lists, addressing a fair amount of Elevators stuff in addition to less traveled solo gems ("JOHN LAWMAN"!!!!!). Roky himself is still inconsistent song to song, although at the show I saw his amp only worked about half the time and that clearly was throwing him more than usual.

...out of that weakness, out of that envy, out of that fear.. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:26 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, those LITA reissues are such an amazing gift. snapped all three up as soon as i saw 'em, as much to support roky as to satisfy precious-hoarding gollum urge. an expanded remaster of all that may do my rhyme and i'm set...

CANONICAL artists, etc., etc. (contenderizer), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Hitting Easter Everywhere at the w/end

Sounds like an amazing exp live - just as you'd expect from the recs but up close.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 22:40 (five years ago) Permalink

anyone see him on this tour? how was it? it's coming here tmrw

flopson, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 02:50 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

maybe she thought they'd meant erick erickson

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXAFvaKVoAAtjs1.jpg

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 03:46 (one year ago) Permalink

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXAFvaKVoAAtjs1.jpg

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 03:46 (one year ago) Permalink

That's uh something. I also saw someone retweet her tweets grumbling about a certain Neil Young song she doesn't like-- "Downtown" from his Mirror Ball"

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 18:41 (one year ago) Permalink

honestly, i wouldn't be super shocked if those ol texas hippies in the elevators owned guns back then

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 18:57 (one year ago) Permalink

the dead's guys def were into that gun totin' cowboy shit

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 18:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Tommy Hall was a campus Young Republican prior to the Elevators.

As for the guns, two words: Stacy Sutherland.

...some of y'all too woke to function (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 19:16 (one year ago) Permalink

woah i did not know this!!!

Stacy Sutherland formed his own band, Ice, which performed only in Houston and never released any material. In 1969, after a battle with heroin addiction, he was imprisoned in Texas on drug charges, the culmination of several years of drug-related trouble with the law. After his release Sutherland began to drink heavily. He continued to sporadically play music throughout the 1970s, occasionally with former members of the Elevators. Sutherland was accidentally shot and killed by his wife Bunny on August 24, 1978 during a domestic dispute, and is buried in Center Point, Kerr County, Texas.[14]

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 19:29 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Thought he'd go on forever!

Rip the original dude.

Mark G, Friday, 31 May 2019 22:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

fuck no

RIP

the late great, Friday, 31 May 2019 23:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

gonna miss him

Οὖτις, Friday, 31 May 2019 23:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I used to say I wanted "You're Gonna Miss Me" played at my funeral, the ultimate passive-aggressive self-pitying gesture imaginable. Love this too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn9ui8PTwj0

clemenza, Friday, 31 May 2019 23:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

RIP Mr. Erickson

I can hear your voice
Echoing my voice softly
I can feel your strength
Reinforcing mine

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 31 May 2019 23:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

what an absolute legend
really sad about this
what a triumph over some hard circumstances

those solo records are a real miracle

It seems like a bell rings
time and deja vu
Everything is familiar
I been here with you

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 31 May 2019 23:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A zombie walks with him

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 31 May 2019 23:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^Good one.

RIP

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 31 May 2019 23:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

We’ll never see his kind agains

Mule, Friday, 31 May 2019 23:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(again, goddamnit)

Mule, Friday, 31 May 2019 23:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The mythmaking got a little creepy at times (see also: Daniel Johnston, Wesley Willis), but The Evil One and Don't Slander Me are fucking great records.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 31 May 2019 23:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

RIP

Bedoin tribes ascending
From the egg into the flower,
Alpha information sending
State within the heaven shower
From disciples the unending
Subtleties of river power
They slip inside this house as they pass by
If your limbs begin dissolving
In the water that you tread
All surroundings are evolving
In the stream that clears your head
Find yourself a caravan
Like Noah must have led
And slip inside this house as you pass by.
Slip inside this house as you pass by.
True conception, knowing why
Brings even more than meets the eye
Slip inside this house as you pass by.
In this dark we call creation
We can be and feel and know
From an effort, comfort station
That's surviving on the go
There's infinite survival in
The high baptismal glow.
Slip inside this house as you pass by.
There is no season when you are grown
You are always risen from the seeds you've sown
There is no reason to rise alone
Other stories given have sages of their own.
Live where your heart can be given
And your life starts to unfold
In the forms you envision
In this dream that's ages old
On the river layer is the only sayer
You receive all you can hold
Like you've been told.
Every day's another dawning
Give the morning winds a chance
Always catch your thunder yawning
Lift your mind into the dance
Sweep the shadows from your awning
Shrink the fourfold circumstance
That lies outside this house don't pass it by.
Higher worlds that you uncover
Light the path you want to roam
You compare there and discover
You won't need a shell of foam
Twice born gypsies care and keep
The nowhere of their former home
They slip inside this house as they pass by.
Slip inside this house as you pass by.
You think you can't, you wish you could
I know you can, I wish you would
Slip inside this house as you pass by.
Four and twenty birds of Maya
Baked into an atom you
Polarized into existence
Magnet heart from red to blue
To such extent the realm of dark
Within the picture it seems true
But slip inside this house and then decide.
All your lightning waits inside you
Travel it along your spine
Seven stars receive your visit
Seven seals remain divine
Seven churches filled with spirit,
Treasure from the angels' mine
Slip inside this house as you pass by.
Slip inside this house as you pass by.
The space you make has your own laws
No longer human gods are cause
The center of this house will never die.
There is no season when you are grown
You are always risen from the seeds you've sown
There is no reason to rise alone
Other stories given have sages of their own.
Draw from the well of unchanging
Its union nourishes on
In the right re-arranging
Till the last confusion is gone
Water-brothers trust in the ultimust
Of the always singing song they pass along.
One-eyed men aren't really reigning
They just march in place until
Two-eyed men with mystery training
Finally feel the power fill
Three-eyed men are not complaining.
They can yo-yo where they will
They slip inside this house as they pass by.
Don't pass it by.

https://youtu.be/hMfL9Yx7Xlk

Ambient Police (sleeve), Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

<3

big gym sw0les (crüt), Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

had a suspicion this was why the bump

godspeed roky

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 01:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Longer Obit: https://variety.com/2019/music/news/roky-erickson-legendary-psychedelic-musician-dies-at-71-1203230465/

Stay tuned for more stuff from the Austin papers.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 1 June 2019 01:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Although I see now that Ned's link from the Statesman has been greatly expanded. The Austin Chronicle site still hasn't updated yet.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 1 June 2019 01:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

something I wrote elsewhere:

I just started crying when I was trying to elaborate on my deep love for this guy's work, I was talking to my wife about how "Easter Everywhere" was my literal favorite album of the 60's and how the cracked, desperate, deeply longing sound of Roky's voice totally sold the whole package but then you also had to consider the profound lyrics, the beyond-rooted guitar sound and overall harmonic/melodic/chordal structure of their whole deal, plus yeah tragic backstory and a lifetime of struggle, and well yeah it's kinda cliche to tear up about a dead rock star but I have so many powerful memories in my personal life related to this band and everything they represented and influenced, and I'm just really feeling it. I've been posting the "Slip Inside This House" lyrics everywhere (P.S. read them), but "You're Gonna Miss Me" has never sounded more appropriate than right now.

Ambient Police (sleeve), Saturday, 1 June 2019 01:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

RIP

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 1 June 2019 02:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Austin Chronicle obit, with links to 15 prior Roky stories: https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/music/2019-05-31/roky-erickson-ascends-to-the-13th-floor-1947-2019/

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 1 June 2019 03:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

RIP Roky ;_;

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 1 June 2019 08:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Gonna miss him. Was obsessed w his music in my 20s

nathom, Saturday, 1 June 2019 10:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

To live underground you must be a mole

RIP

L'assie (Euler), Saturday, 1 June 2019 13:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

RIP

pomenitul, Saturday, 1 June 2019 13:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Evil One might be the best guitar record ever

Mule, Saturday, 1 June 2019 14:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Never listed to Easter Everywhere before, my god what an amazing album

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 2 June 2019 04:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wow, I envy anyone just discovering Easter Everywhere.

The Guts of Duran Duran (Tom D.), Sunday, 2 June 2019 09:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

apparently i am blocked from reading austin360 by the "security rules"

mark s, Sunday, 2 June 2019 11:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

bloky erickson :(

mark s, Sunday, 2 June 2019 11:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

RIP :-(

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 2 June 2019 14:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^^The Austin City Limits w/The Explosives and Billy Gibbons, for thos w/images and/or youtubes blocked.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 June 2019 00:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this makes me very sad.

i reckon roky’s voice saved my life on more than one occasion. will always be grateful he was here.

budo jeru, Monday, 3 June 2019 04:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Never listed to Easter Everywhere before, my god what an amazing album

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, June 2, 2019 12:52 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Wow, I envy anyone just discovering Easter Everywhere.

― The Guts of Duran Duran (Tom D.), Sunday, June 2, 2019 5:34 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the definitive version of Dylan’s “(It’s All Over Now) Baby Blue.”

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 3 June 2019 04:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

agreed

Ambient Police (sleeve), Monday, 3 June 2019 04:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

my all time favorite cover version.

visiting, Monday, 3 June 2019 05:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

made the trek up to amoeba hollywood yesterday. made a shopping list, but still ended up in that idle "big record store" saunter that we kind of fall into from time to time in those places. just finding that momentary sanctuary in the perfect type of place for me to have one of those moments.

they were playing jimi's first rays of the new rising sun in the store. 'drifting' came up mid-idle saunter for me and i found myself —obviously by total coincidence— directly in front of the roky erikson section. as a i looked up, this album was at the front of the bin and his image made eye contact with mine.

and, so it was, as jimi sang about sailing home, i silently wept in front of the roky erikson section.

much to my delight, the section was mostly empty. didn't take folks long to remember why he was so remarkable.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 3 June 2019 16:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Evil One has been blowing my mind again all week.

For all the weird, occult feeling it has, something very "other" at the same time it's a phenomenally well written and produced hard rock record.

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 19:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's weird and yet completely un-murky at the same time. Guitars and drums both mixed loud, yet don't overwhelm the vocals. It sounds like Only Ones or Television or Saints but gone psychic.

bendy, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 21:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Only Ones is exactly who I thought of when listening to it!

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 23:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I wonder if he was even aware of that stuff or it was just him hanging out w ex CCR dudes and doing what came natural?

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 23:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think the latter... LITA version has pretty extensive liner notes, I will try to remember to take a look

Ambient Police (sleeve), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 23:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I doubt he was aware of it, the Only Ones comparison is about well written catchy rock songs with a lot of fluid/melodic lead guitar on it. Also kind of reminds me of the first (pre-Helios Creed) Chrome album, an underrated record!

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 23:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ooh that IS a good call re: The Visitation, same time/place too

Ambient Police (sleeve), Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:00 (one week ago) Permalink

Haven't heard this one! How is it? https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/roky-erickson-never-say-goodbye/

dow, Monday, 10 June 2019 02:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I wonder if he was even aware of that stuff or it was just him hanging out w ex CCR dudes and doing what came natural?

Some of this might have been purely homegrown. Roky was part of the whole late '70s Raul's (a New Wave Club near U.T.) scene. Even if he wasn't, those groups were most certainly aware of what was going on overseas. Unfortunately, very few of these Austin bands ever got to record much, if at all. Roky's sometime live backing group at the time, the Explosives, was a full-on Power Pop/Garage Revival band that would do their own opening sets of original material prior to Roky taking the stage.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 10 June 2019 03:42 (one week ago) Permalink

FWIW, the guy who signed the Only Ones also signed Roky to the UK Branch of CBS.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 10 June 2019 03:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Stu Cook produced this shortly after The Evil One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=wPNN5AhN0uU

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 10 June 2019 03:55 (one week ago) Permalink


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