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Welcome to the official site for Blitzkrieg Bop - the UK punk band from the North-East of England that rattled round the UK between February 1977 and February 1979.

To hear songs by Blitzkrieg Bop click here.

To e-mail Blitzkrieg Bop: blitzkrieg.bop@ntlworld.com

This site aims to be a repository for all things connected with the band, including a detailed history, rare photographs and film, lyrics, a gig guide, press cuttings, reviews, a discography and anything else connected with the band.
If you click on "other bands" there are sections that give details of other bands involving John Hodgson, from my school band formed with my life-long pal Michael Charlton (Purity) in 1966, right through to my current project, essentially solo, which goes under the name Fast Cakes.

LATEST NEWS (Compiled by band vocalist John Hodgson (aka Blank Frank)):

LATEST NEWS (Compiled by band vocalist John Hodgson (aka Blank Frank)):

APRIL 2014
The Italian Blitzkrieg Bop vinyl LP “Studio Stuff” was officially released on March 1st 2014 – it contains all the Bop studio recordings, including five previously unreleased tracks. There are only 400 copies pressed and rumour is that it is selling out fast! To get your copy visit http://tinyurl.com/p7xkwjl and cash in on a future collectors item.

APRIL 2014
The three Japanese 7” singles by Blitzkrieg Bop are still coming out despite the delays – expect full details of tracks etc soon.

MARCH 2014



The new FAST CAKES album called LIFESTORY was released on the 2nd March. It is available on CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/fastcakes3 and also on iTunes and Spotify (Just search for Fast Cakes) There are fourteen new original songs: Heart And Soul (Faraway)/Crazy Dreamers/Money Buys Your Heart/Signals/Kaleidescope (Funkin’ Out)/My Finest Hour/On The Motorway/Nobody Loves You/ No Man’s Land/Lifestory/The Sirens Call/Be A Rolling Stone/Heart Of Stone (Feet Of Clay)/Looking Back

MARCH 2014
The new BLITZKRIEG BOP vinyl release is due any time now. Called “Studio Stuff” it brings together all the studio recordings of the band, including five previously unreleased tracks. Watch this space for updates on its release.

DECEMBER 2013
The new Bop CD “Live ‘77 & Beyond” is selling well with copies going all over the world, there are only 300 copies all individually numbered and it is expected to sell out in a few weeks.

DECEMBER 2013
Lots of news recently, with no fewer than FIVE new Bop releases due early next year, with another two a distinct possibility. There is a double 7” vinyl pack due from NE Records in Sweden, with no fewer than ten tracks: Let’s Go/Life Is Just A So So/Mental Case from the bands 2nd single, and seven bonus tracks including early mixes of (You’re Like A) UFO and Viva Bobby Joe. There is a CD included in the pack with all ten tracks plus another bonus track, an unreleased live version of Heart Of The City from 1977.

“1977” Records from Japan are planning three new singles, a repro of the Mortonsound Let’s Go/9 Till 5/Bugger Off 7”, a repro of the (You’re Like A) UFO/Viva Bobby Joe 7” and a 7” containing two previously unreleased tracks, a cover of The Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop” and The Clash’s “White Riot”.

And finally an Italian label is released a vinyl LP containing all the studio tracks from the band, as well as a BBC session and two recently unearthed demos from the Lightning “Let’s Go” session from 1977, the album is provisionally entitled “Studio Stuff”, and a CD version of may follow with bonus tracks.

DECEMBER 2013
Recordings are continuing for the new FAST CAKES album, due some time in 2014. So far three new songs have been completed, “Signals”, “The Sirens Call” and “Money Buys Your Heart”, with several other tracks half finished.

NOVEMBER 2013
The new Blitzkrieg Bop CD “Live ‘77 & Beyond” is now available to buy here it is strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide, all individually hand-numbered.
Preview the opening track “One Chord Wonders” here

OCTOBER 2013
I have recorded and completed the first new track of 2013 under the Fast Cakes banner, entitled "Signals", this is due to be released as part of the 2014 album provisionally called "Lifestory",
A video for this track can be viewed here

OCTOBER 2013
Discussions are currently taking place with a Japanese record label about releasing old Bop material, particularly the Mortonsound recordings, including several unreleased tracks. It is
expected they will be vinyl releases, possibly the same tracks as the original Mortonsound
single, but with alternate takes.

OCTOBER 2013
The release of the Blitzkrieg Bop live album entitled "Live '77 & Beyond" has been rescheduled due to changes in the track listing (adding extra tracks) and some record company politics,
it may still come out before the end of the year, it may not. Watch this space.

SEPTEMBER 2013
The Teesside Band Archive Local Heroes Podcast series season 1 has now concluded, featuring exclusive music sessions and interviews with a whole host of Teesside bands and artists,
including Graeme Robertson, Sus2, Andy Mitchell, Steve Cooke, Davey Bandman, Andy X, Blacklines, The Come Down, Gnome Invasion, Little Grey Cells, Barbara Helen, Angie Taylor,
Bre Musiq, Arcade 39, Phage, Jeffrey Bruce Butterfield, The Glass Moths, The Running Colours, Fast Cakes, Nothing Waits etc. You can hear them all at www.teessidebandarchive.weebly.com

AUGUST 2013
It has come to my attention that the Earcom 2 mini-LP originally released in 1979 and featuring two song by BASCZAX is now available as a picture disc. It is unclear whether this is an official release, my guess is that
it's a pirate release. However, I still want a copy, but the asking price on ebay is about £80 - so I will wait.

JANUARY 2013
I have started a regular podcast for the TEESSIDE BAND ARCHIVE project, entitled TBA local heroes – each podcast features a Teesside musician, songwriter or band with some of their own music as well as music from their favourite bands and chat about their music and career. Episode one features GRAEME ROBERTSON and can be heard here and episode two features young acoustic trio Sus2 and can be heard here

NOVEMBER 2012
Work on the long-awaited Blitzkrieg Bop live album has now been completed. As a teaser I can link to two tracks from the album, the band’s searing version of “Gloria” is here and a live version of the b-side of their 3rd single, “Life Is Just A So-So”, is here

NOVEMBER 2012
Work on the artwork for the live album has started. It will be called “Live ‘77 & Beyond” and below is an early draft for the front cover:

NOVEMBER 2012
As well as this site, I also have a Facebook page that covers the whole of the Teesside scene, called the “Teesside Band Archive”, it has many posts discussing the Teesside music scene, with dozens of posters, gig tickets, photos, and some rare unreleased music from the punk era, here, as a taster, is a song from a BBC radio session, it’s NO WAY with a version of their only single, “Breaking Point” (http://soundcloud.com/fast-cakes-1/breaking-point-master-11aug79)

JULY 2012
I am pleased to announce the release of a brand new album, released under my alter ego FAST CAKES. It’s entitled “CALL OFF THE DOGS”, it’s download only, and the cheapest place to buy it is CDBaby, you can also get it from Amazon and Spotify. There’s a mixture of original songs, as well as some tasteful cover versions, including INSTANT KARMA (John Lennon) and VALLEY OF THE LONG LOST WOMAN (John Cooper-Clarke)

JULY 2012
No further news on The Lice CD, it’s still in the pipeline apparently. Also the Bop live album is still being worked on, but there’s no plans for a release at the moment.

JULY 2012
Sales of the Blitzkrieg Bop story “A Hard Road To Nowhere” has now exceeded 500 copies for the Kindle, it’s available for the Kindle at Amazon for 79p!

OCTOBER 2011
Plans are now underway to finally release a compilation of live recordings from Blitzkrieg Bop, rather than a complete gig, the CD will feature assorted tracks from different gigs, including early recordings from the Speedway from March 1977 to songs from their reunion gig at The Cornerhouse in 1999.

OCTOBER 2011
There is also news of the release of a collection of demo tracks from Teesside punk band The Lice (featuring two former Bop members, Graham Moses & Mickey Dunne) dating from 1977/78, there will also be a bonus track of an interview from the bands vocalist. John is currently remastering the tracks at Imperial Digital.

OCTOBER 2011
Basczax have decided to make their 2010 reunion album "This Machine Rocks" available for free download. I understand this is being organised by the people behind the Rock Graden facebook page, more details to follow.

FEBRUARY 2011: Bop story now on Kindle
The 1998 book, "A Hard Road To Nowhere" is now available for download to your Kindle reader at this link. The book charts the ups and downs of Blitzkrieg Bop, complete with complete gig list, discography and lyrics.


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The new Basczax album, THIS MACHINE ROCKS, has finally arrived.

Available initially for download only, the album can be bought in one go, and also as separate tracks.

Track details:

1. Sexy Robot
2. Hollywood Strut
3. Automania
4. Neon Vampires
5. Track XXX
6. Darkstar 17
7. Siberian Eyes
8. The Calm
9. Disco Apocalypse
10.Velvet & She #1
11.Mekanik 2010
12.In A Room
13.Spies In The Wardrobe
14.That Dress
15.Velvet & She #2

Previews of all tracks available at these links:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/basczax

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product

It is also available on iTunes.

MAY 2010: Bop/Basczax news
The mooted Bop reunion will not now be taking place. I can't see any prospect of it ever happening. But good news on the Basczax reformation - the project, unofficially christened BASCZAX 2.0 (the "Burning Airlines" moniker lasted all of 2 hours) is now in full flight. There will be a new album later this year, as yet untitled, with at least 12 songs, including new 2010 versions of old favourites "Neon Vampires" and "Hollywood Strut", as well as soms brand new tunes.

MAY 2010: No news on the planned book, to be honest the Basczax project has now overshadowed all else for the forseeable future.

FEBRUARY 2010: Bop reunion mooted
There is a slim chance that Blitzkrieg Bop will be re-uniting once again in September 2010, plans are afoot to stage a Rock Garden reunion gig at a Teesside venue yet to be confirmed. The hope is for three original members of the band (Blank Frank, Gloria and Telly Sett) to perform the three tracks from the bands debut single, alongside many other bands from the 1977-80 period. Watch this space for any developments.

FEBRUARY 2010: New book being planned
I have decided to write a new book, based on the Blitzkrieg Bop book "A Hard Road To Nowhere", it will also be called "A Hard Road To Nowhere" but with the added line "20 Years Of Rock & Roll Faliure" - which will focus on the period 1966-1986, and take in the stories of Basczax, Makaton Chat, Erection, Adamanta Chubb & Purity, as well as the Bop story. It will be available through lulu.com

FEBRUARY 2010: Basczax reform!
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, four out of the five members of the "classic" Basczax line-up are now collaborating on a new project. Despite living in far flung places, Jeff Fogarty, Alan Savage, Mick Todd and John Hodgson are making music together after a 29 year gap. There are at least five new songs in the pipeline, with the first, "Disco Apocalypse", nearing completion. The provisional band name for this project is Burning Airlines.

FEBRUARY 2010: Sorry for the long gap!
Some updates on previous stories: The Basczax "If There Is Something" project ultimately failed in its objective - the compiler of the CD rejected the track in favour of another version of the song by another band - well sod you then! On the Basczax CD front, there is no immediate prospect of a release date.

JANUARY 2009: New Basczax track!
In late 2008 I collaborated with Basczax bassist Mick Todd after we were approached to contribute a Roxy Music cover version to a tribute LP due for release in 2009. The band decided to cover "If There Is Something", from the bands debut LP. Full details to follow.

JANUARY 2009: Bop guitarist visits Imperial Digital
In late 2008 Bop guitarist Ray Radford (Ray Gunn) dropped into Imperial Digital to contribute some rocking guitar to several on-going projects. Not quite a Bop-reunion, but it's the first time we have worked together since 1999, and the first time we have recorded together since 1978. Full details to follow.

SEPTEMBER 2007: Fast Cakes isound site created
There seem to be an incresing number of music hosting sites nowadays, and i've just found another one called isound. I have created a band page for Fast Cakes which can be accessed here: isound . There's nothing on the isound site that cannot be found here.

SEPTEMBER 2007: New Basczax CD planned
Negotiations are under way with an Italian indie label for a limited edition release of a Basczax compilation. The idea is to have a collection of audio tracks coupled with a video of the bands only TV appearance, singing "Ego Therapy" from Check It Out in 1980. Watch this space for more details.

SEPTEMBER 2007: Progressive Housewares feature
Did a photo shoot and brief interview for Progressive Housewares magazine to promote LIVEYOUNGDIEFAST. It should appear in the October issue.

SEPTEMBER 2007: New Youtube videos
Someone has kindly posted Makaton Chat's 1986 final TV appearance on TX45. We performed twp songs, "Blood From A Stone" and "Lines", you can watch them below:

Blood From A Stone:

Lines:

AUGUST 2007: Publishing contract signed
A contract for the publishing rights to "LIVEYOUNGDIEFAST" was signed on the 25th August with Millbrand Music. There is also plans for me to compose music for films, as Millbrand have recently expanded into film music publishing.

AUGUST 2007: Disaster at pressing plant!
An e-mail arrived at Imperial Digital telling of a cock-up at the pressing plant, the master for "LIVEYOUNGDIEFAST" had been damaged during the pressing process. A new master was immediately copied and sent the same day to the pressing plant. It has delayed the release of the CD by about a week.

AUGUST 2007: Link to Fast Cakes Soundclick site.
The music promotion site Soundclick celebrates 10 years online this year, and I can certainly vouch for its usefulness in promoting music. Click on the banner below and you will be able to listen to over 40 Fast Cakes songs free of charge.

AUGUST 2007: Sator DVD finally arrives.
Chips Kiesbye from the Swedish punk pand Sator finally posted a copy of their new live DVD "Live At Sticky Fingers 2006" to me, and true enough, the band are seen performing a great version of the Blitzkrieg Bop song "Get Out Of My Way", however, it is only a "bonus track" and there doesn't appear to be an audience present. It could be a soundcheck, who knows. Ah well.

JULY 2007: New album almost ready!!
The master disc and artwork have finally been sent to the pressing plant, and the new Fast Cakes CD "LIVEYOUNGDIEFAST" should be available in a couple of weeks.

JULY 2007: New song!
Following the posting of some lyrics by a poster (shearer-hero) on the Middlesbrough FC forum (fmttm.com) I have commenced the writing of a new song (provisionally entitled "Through These Flames"), the first VERY rough demo of part of the song can be heard here

JUNE 2007: Vinyl On The Net!
Vinyl On The Net
Superb resource for rare punk rock vinyl, post-punk, new wave, mod, ska, indie, C86, psychobilly, Madchester, gothic, trash, and Americana, and much more too. Check out their wide range of memorabilia, especially punk collectables and posters.

JUNE 2007: Bop discography gets even bigger!
Spent a couple of hours digging around the dusty corners of the interweb, and found at least 3 releases featuring Blitzkrieg Bop that I was previously unaware of. Nothing too exciting, but a label called Cleopatra released a couple of compilations around 2000 that feature the Mortonsound version of "Let's Go". Naughty bastards! This has prompted me to really try and find the time to update the discography. You might also notice a new banner above for downloadpunk - I am just working out how to upload some Bop music so that people can buy tracks - I'll try and dig out some rare stuff.

JUNE 2007: Lyrics to new album uploaded
The complete libretto for the new Fast Cakes album "Liveyoungdiefast" has now been uploaded to this site. Click on "other bands" at the top and then "Fast Cakes".

MAY 2007: Bop song released on DVD
A cover version of the Blitzkrieg Bop song "Get Out Of My Way" has finally been released by Swedish band SATOR. A studio recording is due to be released later this year, but on 21st March 2007 they released a live DVD featuring the song. You can order the DVD here if you wish: Bop DVD Here are the front and back of the DVD: (click for larger pictures)

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APRIL 2007: FAST CAKES album almost finished
The final track listing has been decided for the new FAST CAKES album. Entitled LIVEYOUNGDIEFAST, the details are as follows:

1. Narita (Hodgson/McKie) 5.23
2. Not Fade Away (Hardin/Petty) 2.29
3. Morning Star (Hodgson/Styles) 2.19
4. Obvious (Hodgson) 2.02
5. The Planet Song (Hodgson) 2.39
6. Lucky Face (Hodgson) 4.23
7. To Try For The Sun (Leitch) 3.24
8. Grey Gardens (Hodgson) 2.01
9. It's Still Me And You (Hodgson) 3.08
10. Hideaway (Hodgson) 2.26
11. Miserable Pleader (Song For D) (Hodgson) 2.17
12. Life (Hodgson) 2.25
13. Soul Soldiers (a. The Soldiers (Hodgson/Knight), b. Soul Prologue (Hodgson), c. Everyone's Soul (Hodgson)) 9.05

Here is a provisional design for the cover of the CD: (click for larger picture)

colour window copy

Most tracks are now mastered, but I have some work to do on the vocals, and that will result in yet more "final mixes".I would hope to have it ready for release around June/July. There are a number of rejected tracks that I will be posting as free downloads, titles include "Optimisation" and "Armenia".

APRIL 2007: New FAST CAKES album making progress
I have taken 6 days off over Easter in order to crack on with my new album. It has a working title of "Live Fast Die Young" and as I speak I have nine finished masters. Titles include "Narita", "Morning Star", "Hideaway", Everyone's Soul", "To Try For The Sun", "Obvious" and "The Planet Song". It is expected to be released later this year.

APRIL 2007: Rare Blitzkrieg Bop video posted on Youtube
Some kind person has posted footage from a 1994 re-union gig by Blitzkrieg Bop onto Youtube. It runs for almost 9 minutes and shows the band performing at Middlesbrough Town Hall in November 1994, where they starred in a benefit concert for local musician Dave Johns, formerly of Teesside band The Barbarians, who, despite being very ill, watched the bands perform in his honour. He died of cancer a few days after the gig. The band rip through Radio, Let's Go, and a cover of Bowie's Heroes. You can watch it here:

APRIL 2007: Sator live cover versions uploaded to site
Sator, the Swedish punk band, now routinely perform the Bop song "Get Out Of My Way" at their gigs. I have obtained three bootleg performances of the song, one of which apparently features Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols on drums!
You can hear them here

MARCH 2007: smhmedia updated
Glad to report that my sons website smhmedia.co.uk has been updated.

JANUARY 2007: New Fast Cakes song
I have recently finished a new song (under my current moniker, Fast Cakes) entitled "Narita". Most of the lyrics were provided by Duncan McKie of Hebden Bridge, a friend of mine who was inspired to write them following a trip to Japan. Musically it is a mix of an Elton John ballad and a "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" style hook. I am considering adding some guitar, but the preliminary "final" mix can be heard here

JANUARY 2007: Top Swedish punk band to cover Bop song!
After years of waiting, top Swedish punk band Sator have confirmed that they are to release a version of the Blitzkrieg Bop song "Get Out Of My Way". The idea was first mooted in 1998, but it has taken until now for it to happen. The CD is to be called "BBQ Killers Vol.2" which is an album full of cover versions of the bands favourite songs. It is due to be released this summer. The band are also releasing a live DVD shortly with a live version of "Get Out Of My Way". Every CD that Sator release gets into the Swedish charts, and I hope that this one is no exception. Fame at last!

JANUARY 2007: Makaton Chat story
I have started to write the history of Makaton Chat, the band I was in from 1980 to 1986. It will take me a long time, as there is a lot to write about, but the start can be read if you click on "other bands" at the top of this page, then click on the "Makaton Chat" banner.

JANUARY 2007: New Fast Cakes song
Just completed a "fun" version of The Rolling Stones "Not Fade Away" which you can hear here.

JANUARY 2007: Teesside Band Archive launched
The brand new site celebrating the Teesside music scene has finally started to take shape. You can reach it at www.teessidebandarchive.co.uk and there is a forum, you can access this by clicking here
Apologies for not linking them directly, but I will have to ask my son to teach me how to do links again!

DECEMBER 2006: Adamanta Chubb diary added
If you click on "other bands" above and the "Adamanta Chubb" you will be able to read a diary account of the time I was in Adamanta Chubb between January 1975 and May 1976.

 

DECEMBER 2006: YouTube videos
I've just figured out how to embed YouTube videos! There'll be no stopping me now! Above you should be able to play Makaton Chat performing Victims Of Your Heart at The Dovecot Arts Centre in 1986. Enjoy...more to follow!

DECEMBER 2006: Purity story added
If you click on "other bands" above and then "Purity" there is a fairly detailed history of my first band, Purity, which ran from 1966 to 1973.

DECEMBER 2006: PUNK76! Exhibition - succesful opening night
Over 200 people packed into the Discovery Museum's People's Gallery on Tuesday 5th December 2006 for the launch party of the PUNK76! Exhibition. Ex-band members mingled with punk fans, and the crowd were entertained by The Noise Toys and The Bulbs, who played a few numbers. The free jukebox was a popular facility with a constant stream of punk songs keeping the atmosphere buzzing. Pauline Murray and Robert Blamire from Penetration were in attendance, along with Bugsy from the Amazing Spacefrogs, Peter Howard from Big G, and yours truly of course! You can view a gallery of pictures from the event here

NOVEMBER 2006: New punk book featuring Blitzkrieg Bop
A new book by Alex Ogg has been published by Cherry Red. Entitled "No More Heroes - A complete history of UK punk 1976-80" it costs £17.99 from http://www.cherryred.co.uk/books/nomoreheroes.php
Bop get a decent 2 1/2 pages entry, complete with photograph, with most of the salient points correctly recounted, which makes a pleasant change. Basczax also get a page (with photograph) and there are also entries for Teesside bands The Amazing Spacefrogs and No Way.

NOVEMBER 2006: New record label planned
I have decided to start a new record label, with the intention of bringing the music in my collection to a wider audience. As well as releases by Blitzkrieg Bop, I hope to release CD's by Basczax, and hopefully several collections of Teesside punk and new wave bands. I would also like to release limited edition 7" singles by new local bands. Watch this space.

NOVEMBER 2006: Teesside Band Archive
if you visit www.soundclick.com/teessidebandarchive you will be able to listen to mp3's by various Teesside bands, including The Amazing Space Frogs, The Lice, Bladze and Basczax. The plan is to build the archive into a comprehensive repository for Teesside bands, including new ones.

NOVEMBER 2006: PUNK76 exhibition date confirmed
The PUNK76 exhibition at The Discovery Museum has its opening night on Tuesday 5th December between 6-8pm, it is then open to the public until sometime in January (end date tbc)

NOVEMBER 2006: Museum Exhibition
I have loaned a large part of my archive material to an exhibition entitled "Punk 76" at the peoples gallery, Discovery Museum, In Newcastle which will run in December and January (Exact Dates TBC). Amongst the items on display will be posters, records, photographs, press cuttings and ticket stubs from the local punk scene between 1976-1979.

OCTOBER 2006: Re-organisation of soundclick site
I have re-organised my soundclick site. If you click here then you will see links to all the other bands, including, of course, Blitzkrieg Bop. I have added new bands, including The Gynaecologists, The Adenoids Of Gimf and The Curtains. There are new downloads for all bands, including many rare and previously unreleased material.

OCTOBER 2006: Rare Record Price Guide out
I have just had first viewing of the Rare Record Price Guide 2008, and sadly the value of "Let's Go" on Mortonsound has not altered significantly, and
certainly has not reflected the fact that it went for £200+ on E-bay recently. (See news item below). I will post the new values soon.

JULY 2006: MORTONSOUND "Let's Go" single fetches £261 on e-bay!!
The debut single from Blitzkrieg Bop, "Let's Go" on Mortonsound Records fetched an amazing £261 at a recent E-bay auction.
Click here to see the auction.
The record was previously valued at only £55 in Record Collectors "Rare Record Price Guide", a value that will surely have to be adjusted. This sale makes "Let's Go" one of the most valuable punk record ever.

JULY 2006: Bop's 20th anniversary re-union gig bootlegged in Spain!!
I have this week discovered that an unnoficial CD bootleg surfaced on E-bay. It's called "Bugger Off" after one of the bands better known tunes. The label indicates that the CD originated in Spain, as it is on the "Rockaway Records" label. However there is no mention of the CD on the Rockaway website, and no one could be contacted from Rockaway to confirm that they are actually aware of its existence. The CD has three studio tracks, "Let's Go", "Mental Case", and "Life Is Just A So-So", and the re-union concert, held at The Cornerhouse, Middlesbrough in 1999. The sleeve has the gig wrongly listed as recorded live at "The Dangerhouse". The source of the recording is a minidisc recording made by myself. This version was sent out to several fans and has somehow found its way onto the internet. I have decided to release Bop product myself to avoid bootleging in the future. Watch this space for news of rare music from the band to follow.

 

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