OPO: Mekons

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I have absolutely no idea what could win this. Only one way to find out.

Scoring goes as follows:
1 song = 4 points
2 songs = 2 points each
4 songs = 1 point each.

For you wiseguys who screw up the math by posting 3 songs, only your first 2 will be counted.


Last Dance

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Friday, 27 January 2006 19:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"learning to live on your own"

stockholm cindy (winter version) (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 27 January 2006 19:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Friday, 27 January 2006 19:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

clearly "where were you"

ZR (teenagequiet), Friday, 27 January 2006 19:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink


nerve pylon (flat_of_angles), Friday, 27 January 2006 19:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Friday, 27 January 2006 19:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'll say 2 pts each for "hole in the ground" and "dan dare."

"last dance" is a good choice, though.

zzxjoanw, Friday, 27 January 2006 19:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the building

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Friday, 27 January 2006 19:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Today I'll say "Trimden Grange Explosion."

marxist/feminist conspiracy™ (xero), Friday, 27 January 2006 19:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Last Night on Earth
Hard to Be Human Again

Scott CE (Scott CE), Friday, 27 January 2006 19:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Memphis, Egypt
The Building

Douglas (Douglas), Friday, 27 January 2006 19:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'll cut for "i am crazy" ------

reacher, Friday, 27 January 2006 20:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hard to Be Human Again
Memphis, Egypt
King Arthur

Chuck B, Friday, 27 January 2006 20:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Where Were You
Fight the Cuts

brokeback titty sanskrit (sanskrit), Friday, 27 January 2006 20:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oops. would like to add Never Been In A Riot, but I guess I can't choose three.

brokeback titty sanskrit (sanskrit), Friday, 27 January 2006 20:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"The Trimdon Grange Explosion"

Dittoismus (Dada), Friday, 27 January 2006 20:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

... which sounds like a great name for a psychedelic band but is in fact a mining disaster

Dittoismus (Dada), Friday, 27 January 2006 20:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Lloyd Bonecutter (Lloyd Bonecutter), Friday, 27 January 2006 20:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Memphis, Egypt
Big Zombie
Ghosts of American Astronauts
Hard to Be Human Again

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 27 January 2006 20:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

where were you

don't start a RYE-OTT! (plsmith), Friday, 27 January 2006 20:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

last dance
if they hang you

a spectator bird (a spectator bird), Friday, 27 January 2006 21:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Behold! The scores so far...

Where Were You : 16
Chivalry: 9
Trimdon Grange Explosion 8
Last Dance 6
Learning To Live On Your Own 4
Memphis Egypt: 4
Snow: 4
The Building: 6
I Am Crazy: 4
Hard To Be Human Again: 3
Hole in the ground 2
Fight The Cuts: 2
Millionaire: 2
Dan Dare: 2
If They Hang You: 2
Last Night On Earth: 1
King Arthur: 1
Big Zombie: 1
Ghosts of American Astronauts: 1

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Friday, 27 January 2006 21:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Hard to be Human Again"

Jim M (jmcgaw), Friday, 27 January 2006 21:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Last Dance"

A|ex P@reene (Pareene), Friday, 27 January 2006 23:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink


moxie alvarez, Friday, 27 January 2006 23:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Brutal", since I obviously don't have to vote for "Where Were You".

Nothing at all from Curse... you folks are weird!

sleeve (sleeve), Saturday, 28 January 2006 00:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Last Dance
Trouble Down South

Though it's tough not to vote for "Thee Olde Trip To Jerusalem," "Slightly South of the Border," or "Bob Hope and Charity."

clotpoll, Saturday, 28 January 2006 01:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Though it's tough not to vote for "Thee Olde Trip To Jerusalem,"

almost split my ballot for that one...

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Saturday, 28 January 2006 01:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Never Been in a Riot
(secret live track on back of This Sporting Life 12")
Hello Cruel World
Where Were You (damn thread!)
Memphis, Egypt

peepee (peepee), Saturday, 28 January 2006 01:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Not a bitter man
Letter's in the post

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 28 January 2006 03:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeah, this tally is quite biased considering the thread that preceded it.

brokeback titty sanskrit (sanskrit), Saturday, 28 January 2006 03:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink


latebloomer (latebloomer), Saturday, 28 January 2006 04:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

shih i,msorry

latebloomer (latebloomer), Saturday, 28 January 2006 04:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'll Have To Dance Then On My Own
Psycho Cupid
Garage D'Or
Rescue Mission

Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt, Saturday, 28 January 2006 04:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Where Were You

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Saturday, 28 January 2006 11:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

where were you

simon 803 (simon 803), Saturday, 28 January 2006 11:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Chivalry + Darkness and Doubt

Harrison Barr (Petar), Saturday, 28 January 2006 17:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Blow Your Tuneless Trumpet
Memphis, Egypt
Only You And Your Ghost Will Know

Zwan (miccio), Saturday, 28 January 2006 17:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Curse

Paul Eater (eater), Saturday, 28 January 2006 17:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Where Were You
Memphis, Egypt

Jason Toon, Monday, 30 January 2006 21:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ghosts of American Astronauts
Fear and Whiskey

The Man in the Iron-On Mask (noodle vague), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 00:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"hard to be human again"
"chop that child in half"

naturemorte, Tuesday, 31 January 2006 01:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink


These Robust Cookies (Robust Cookies), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 07:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Never Been In a Riot"

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 09:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Fantastic Voyage
Ghosts of American Astronauts
King Arthur

Tehrannosaurus HoBB (the pirate king), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 09:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The latest numbers are in...

Where Were You: 26
Chivalry: 13
Last Dance: 12
Hard To Be Human Again: 9
Trimdon Grange Explosion: 8
Snow: 8
Memphis Egypt: 7
The Building: 6
Never Been In A Riot: 5
Ghosts of American Astronauts: 4
I Am Crazy: 4
Learning To Live On Your Own 4
Orpheus: 4
Brutal: 4
The Curse: 4
Millionaire: 3
Hole in the ground 2
Fight The Cuts: 2
Dan Dare: 2
If They Hang You: 2
Trouble Down South: 2
Letter’s In The Post: 2
Not A Bitter Man: 2
Darkness and Doubt: 2
Chop That Child In Half: 2
Last Night On Earth: 1
King Arthur: 2
Big Zombie: 1
Hello Cruel World: 1
Rescue Mission: 1
Garage D’or: 1
Psycho Cupid: 1
I’ll Have To Dance Then On My Own: 1
Only You And Your Ghost Will Know: 1
Blow Your Tuneless Trumpet: 1
Funeral: 1
Revenge: 1
Oblivion: 1
Fantastic Voyage: 1

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 15:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink


NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 15:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the contrarian choice: City of London.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 15:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Only Darkness Has The Power."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 16:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

If anyone has 'Curse of the Mekons' (which I had on a long-since chewed-up cassette), there's a couple of tracks from it I could do with - please see the YSI thread.

Tehrannosaurus HoBB (the pirate king), Thursday, 2 February 2006 18:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

btw on 2nd viewing I am pretty sure i am dark but prominently left in a floor-level audience shot in the documentary for about 3 seconds (didn't note the timestamp)

really liked the short personal Lu Edmonds and Susue Honeyman scenes

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:22 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

There's a new Waco Brothers album coming in late February

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 January 2016 18:46 (two years ago) Permalink

(Other Bloodshot goodies linked from that page too)

dow, Friday, 15 January 2016 19:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Ooh, Waco Brothers in my neck of the woods in April. A Small Faces cover on it, sounds potentially good.

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 January 2016 19:55 (two years ago) Permalink

I didn't even realize there was a documentary until I saw it at the shop today. God, do I ever have documentary fatigue. But I do heart Mekons. Worth seeing?

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Friday, 15 January 2016 20:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Very much so.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 15 January 2016 20:55 (two years ago) Permalink

I still need to see that too. Was waiting for a big screen DC showing, but don't think that ever or will happen

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 January 2016 16:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Waco Bros playing at WFMU's Monty Hall in Jersey City come April too. I should go.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 22:31 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

There's not a bad Waco Brothers album. They also just released a fun live album available directly from Bloodshot.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 25 February 2016 00:56 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The doc is now streaming on Netflix. Saw it last night and loved it.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 6 April 2016 16:02 (two years ago) Permalink

There's not a bad Waco Brothers album. They also just released a fun live album available directly from Bloodshot.

― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, February 25, 2016 12:56 AM (1 month

Uh, my first listen to the latest one has me finding it very uneven. I like the songs that Langford sings on, but some of the others are too bar-band rock w/ a touch of country cliché. Maybe more listens will turn me around on this one.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 April 2016 19:53 (two years ago) Permalink

Well, it's not bad but you're right, it's their most uneven release. More listens does help but only so much. I wonder if it's really the end for them.

Meanwhile I listened to Deano's digital album recently and it's good fun.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 14 April 2016 22:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Saw them live last night (in the midst of a 4 city East Coast tour) and they were a lot of fun. Still like the songs where Langford is lead vocal on the best.

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 April 2016 14:29 (two years ago) Permalink

On the waiting list to see the Waco Brothers at a house concert Sunday. Here's hoping ...

Jazzbo, Friday, 15 April 2016 14:43 (two years ago) Permalink

They are playing in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware tonight as the Dogfish Head Ale Pub guy there buys and displays Langford's art.

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 April 2016 16:19 (two years ago) Permalink


Josh in Chicago, Friday, 15 April 2016 16:21 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Finally saw the Mekons doc, and I want them to tour again and come closer to me than that beach locale 4 hours away. May have to settle for that I guess next time

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 June 2016 16:50 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Word on Facebook is there'll be California tour dates this fall.

JoeStork, Friday, 1 July 2016 22:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Mekons "Fear & Beer (Hymn for Brexit)" Directed by Barry Mills

An exclusive preview from MEKONS EXISTENTIALISM, a new album/book/video to be released


curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 July 2016 22:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Mekons in Toronto at Turf Fest Sept. 16 to 18th weekend

curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 July 2016 22:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Hoping they will come Southeast from Toronto. I also wonder how much of the new album has been recorded?

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 July 2016 16:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Weirdly timely, because wasn't the upcoming album the one recorded live (as filmed above) with an audience many months ago? Great song, though.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 July 2016 13:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Watched the doc on Netflix last night. I've only ever been familiar with the albums from Fear & Whiskey thru I <3 Mekons, so all the older and the more recent stuff (as well as the side projects) is mostly a mystery.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 5 July 2016 14:08 (one year ago) Permalink

As far as the later albums go, Journey to the End of the Night, Natural, and especially OOOH! (Out of Our Heads) are all delightful.

one way street, Tuesday, 5 July 2016 15:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Apparently no PNW tour dates, bah. Currently contemplating turning down a potential job offer in order to go on Mekons vacation in the fall.

JoeStork, Monday, 11 July 2016 03:17 (one year ago) Permalink

OK! all those of you who cried into your beer about us not coming west, well plan your road trips to sunny California, who knows when we will next have the energy to make it to the old U.S of A...ticket links at the events page today..get your tickets now to avoid disappointment

Sept 17th and 18th TURF Fest Toronto, Canada
Sept 19th The Hideout
Sept 20th The Hideout
Sept 22nd Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown, CA
Sept 25th A Ship in the Woods Escondido, CA late afternoon
Sept 28th Henry Miller Library, Big Sur CA
Sept 29th The Crepes Place, Santa Cruz, CA
Sept 30th Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
Oct 1st To be Announced...

I don't know if I can even deal with the idea of seeing Mekons and the Clean in one weekend.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 12 July 2016 21:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Ha ha, last time I saw the Clean, last year, David was a total grump and left the stage early. Some fan came up to play Tally Ho with Robert and Hamish.

Always love the Mekons here, gonna catch both shows for sure.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Can I get their dayjob bosses to give them more time off so they can do some US East coast dates as well?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:42 (one year ago) Permalink


Includes 96-page book of writing and art, plus new 12-track CD, plus access to view Barry Mills' Mekonception video.

A book, a cd and a movie all rolled into one glorious, multi-media mekon-tastic package!!

Published by Verse Chorus Press in San Francisco, we (Bloodshot) got our mitts on a few hundred to sell to you directly.

In July 2015, with the help of 75 mekoristers, MEKONCEPTION took place at Jalopy Theater in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an event dedicated to creating a new record in real time around a single microphone. "Why should a record take more time to record than it does to listen to!" was the concept.

Twelve chapters of writing and art from mekons and mekon friends, inspired by each song on the CD.

MEKONCEPTION footage has been turned into a video art document by Barry Mills. A viewing link and access code is provided in the book.


Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 16 July 2016 16:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Great news, thanks. I've got Fear and Whiskey and The Edge of the World, pretty much the peak of their 80s punky tonk, right? I know there's more, and tempted to spring for this relatively pricey cut-out----anybody heard it?
---from xgau's 70s Guide, archived on his site:
Original Sin [Twin/Tone, 1989]
Fear and Whiskey was a triumph in search of a war, and even their fans lost the two EPs that followed in the shuffle. Minus a Merle Haggard cover and plus two other cuts, one of which stinks just in case you mistook them for great artists, all this product comes together on this remastered repackage, and it coheres wonderfully--the EPs resonate off an album that doesn't leave you hungering for something completely different when its thirty-five minutes are through. If you're among the millions who missed Fear and Whiskey, this is a golden opportunity. These guys know how to make the most of failure. That's the kind of anarchist revolutionaries I like. A

dow, Sunday, 17 July 2016 22:12 (one year ago) Permalink

It's pretty cool, worth getting for "Beaten and Broken" alone

JoeStork, Sunday, 17 July 2016 23:54 (one year ago) Permalink

It's worth hearing; also, among the peak cowpunk period albums, I think Honky Tonkin' is very close in quality to Edge of the World.

one way street, Monday, 18 July 2016 04:35 (one year ago) Permalink

o damn, I dont have that one either...

dow, Monday, 18 July 2016 04:48 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

New album is pretty great, very shambling and sort of seat of pants a la early/mid Mekons (Fear and Whiskey, Edge of World, Honky Tonkin'), flavors of Go4 in there, plus plenty of dub, dark miserable dirges ... the use of the amateur choir recorded I presume at that NYC gig is very spookily effective. Key takeaway lyric from the Timms-sung "Bucket:" "the sky is grey/my bucket's got a hole in it/and every day it rains/we are already dead."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 11 August 2016 16:13 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Mostly the hits last night, but lots of stuff from "Curse of the Mekons," not just the title track and "Wild & Blue," which they do all the time, but (with a guest horn section) they did "Blue Arse" and "100% Song," too.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Finally got to the album, though still not the video or book---but it def stands on its own while invoking not to mention flaunting associations with other media, starting with that in-your-face-duh title, Existentialism, ooo-wee. Hear now the brainy Brechtians of Bloodshot ((also shouting out "Adventures In The Skin Trade!" for Welsh homeboy Dylan Thomas and their own claimed exploits, of course): it's rough and slick, theatrical as hell., a series of scenes linked by grabby nuanced mood and attitude and tone, mainly of voice, since this is mainly voices z rhythm section with other sounds coming in on cue, but zinging by: what xpost Josh said about the dub thing, also kind of a skiffle feel at times, and other old rock tie-ins, from the Caribbean influence, and punk---this is all stuff the Clash liked too, and the male voices sometimes make me think of Strummer (and this set reminds me that the Mekons contributed to The Sandinista! Project. wherein many different artists took different kinds of adapt re-shots at the Clash's sometimes chops-challenged three-LP adventure).

So they're still doing what they can to make existence worth continuing, and/or killing time, providing sing-along entertainment on the train, in the lobby, maybe the hipster rest home (ending with, "You seen it all, but ya don't---remember!" But then ya do, then ya don't, and a mention of history at the very end). Getting under my skin, among my nerves at times, but in a gooood way, and also "Bucket" seems like it might be a Masked Marauders-type parody: bootleg f that time of Marianne Faithful met the Mekons, while "Nude Hamlet" has smoked the Complete Basement Tapes and the Clash continuation, before killed in his youth (short-ass track for such a killer, damn) by "These are our orders, sir!": hearty action-packed pagentry of "1848 Now!" and "Simone On The Beach" is "riding naked through the town to expiate the burden of her guilt", tell it Sister!

It all seems like the latest stage, with more immediate appeal, as I hear it, of what they were up to on Natural, where, as xgau put it, death songs come alive--not just Tom's dismal opener and Jon Langford's can't-come climax and everybody's desert prophecy, but the animal fables, the mystery history, the agricultural workers' carouse, the unplugged teeter-totter for the digital age. Except now it's not quite unplugged, they've got some reloadable cards, some kind of budget for incremental juice. Also Sally and Susie and Lu ride through often enough.

dow, Saturday, 1 October 2016 18:31 (one year ago) Permalink

I meant "voices x (not z)rhythm section", also "adept (not adapt) re-shots", although those are adaptations too, o course.

dow, Saturday, 1 October 2016 18:34 (one year ago) Permalink

"These are our orders sir": a perhaps approximate quote from "1848 Now!"

dow, Saturday, 1 October 2016 18:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Their set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (at just past noon!): http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2016/webcast/?mrid=106719

I missed it, having gone to the show the previous night, which was excellent and hilarious as ever. They seem to have a greatest 'hits'/career overview setlist pretty well worked out, though they did play a couple from the new album. Only song I was expecting and didn't hear was "Ghosts of American Astronauts." Susie told an impressively terrible joke after much coaxing. They're pretty much all that gives me hope about aging.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 23:46 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

but revenge is not ours
it belongs to those
who seek to destroy us
how much more is there left to lose?

JoeStork, Sunday, 13 November 2016 03:36 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

this sounds like a blast


JoeStork, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:15 (one year ago) Permalink

That does sound awesome -I need to win the lottery and fly over there for it

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 19:04 (one year ago) Permalink

and then an ILX bus

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 3 February 2017 19:17 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

lineup incl Bonnie Prince Billy


Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 5 April 2017 16:22 (one year ago) Permalink

For anyone in Seattle, Langford's doing an art show at Hazlewood in Ballard and then an acoustic retrospective thing next door at Hotel Albatross on 4/20.

JoeStork, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

He's presenting at the Pop Conference too - I'm bummed I'll be missing it.

Jaq, Thursday, 6 April 2017 04:01 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Haven't taken in all the words, though or maybe in part because they fit perfectly, but this is rich, robust, good and bad time music, with Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Chi and El Lay cats, also splendid female vox, sometimes singing lead. "Four lost aouls! All ablaze as they vanish down the stairway." Kinda wish he'd saved some of this material for a Mekons record, but can't imagine they could perform it any better.


Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls

(released on September 22)

Four Lost Souls was recorded over four days starting on November 8th – the day after the 2016 election – at the NuttHouse in Sheffield, AL. The album originated in 2015, though, 100 miles north in Nashville where Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) produced artwork for Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, the long-running exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Fate had it that one of those Nashville Cats, bassist and producer Norbert Putnam, was so enamored with Langford’s paintings and piratey singing, he invited the stranger to come record in the Shoals.

A year after the album’s beginnings the Welsh-bred, Chicago-based musician and visual artist Langford is in that studio with many of the musicians who put the region, as well as renowned FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, on the musical map. Among them, members of the Swampers, David Hood and Randy McCormick—world famous players who have performed on all the songs you ever loved. Together they dutifully crafted a project brimming with images of killing and hope, Faulkner, the Natchez Trace, and the sea.



dow, Friday, 8 September 2017 03:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

Was just in Muscle Shoals for the first time (at Fame and MSS) and this looks like its worth checking out

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 September 2017 04:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

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