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Monday, 21 July 2014

Patrik Fitzgerald ‎– "Gifts And Telegrams" (Red Flame ‎– RF8) 1983 + "Peel Session 10th April 1979"


Nothing to do with the Astronauts,but their “Pranksters in Revolt” EP reminded me of this minimal electronic urban folk classic.

There are few artist's work who I would say I was a giggling “Fan” of;maybe PiL mark 1, Joy Division, Beefheart,.....Danny and the Dressmakers (?), and ….....funnily enough, Patrik Fitzgerald. The troubled troubadour of squatland himself, who finds himself listed among such venerable luminaries as......er......Danny and the Dressmakers!?

Why Fitzgerald isn't mentioned in the same breath as rediscovered folky genii as Bill Fay, Judee Sill, and Nick Drake I will never understand. Maybe because he didn't die an early death,or be championed by some boring pop star,who knows?

His disastrous career can be summed up in his song “All the Years of Trying(mp3)” from his souped up major label début “Grubby Stories”.(He was dropped when no-one bought it)

“Gifts and Telegrams” however,is the opposite of “Grubby Stories”,there are no new wave illuminatti backing him up, just a few cheap bontempi organs and a crap drum machine. Gone also is the trademark battered solo acoustic guitar, but, most importantly, the negative pessimistic lyrics remain. This belated second album,released three years after the Polydor debaclé on indie label, Red Flame; couldn't sound more different to his previous recorded output. A Career resurrection this would never be. A minimal, bitter, downer of an LP, that would probably lose whoever bought the first album, if they remembered him at all, and further alienate the remainder of the “public”.

As a poet,(he was hyped as a”Punk” poet in his early days) he is an uber-realist ,concentrating on the taboo's of the human condition, the hopelessness, pointlessness of existence.

A cover of Jacque Brel's “My Death” fits in nicely with his perspective. But, unlike Brel, life's high's are edited out of his own songs. This is really a version of Patrik's “hero”, David Bowie('s) solo spot on the Ziggy Stardust tour. Almost replicating Bowie's version exactly, which is a low point on this ,otherwise, great LP.

In the file I have included PF's Peel session from April 10th 1979, which is in the very same style as this recording. So he was developing this style for three years before “Gifts and Telegrams” finally surfaced to universal intransigence.

Patrik has had a increase in profile in recent years,apparently he's big in Norway,where a small label assembled big names acts to record a Fitzgerald covers album, including Jello Biafra amongst others. Also I was amused recently to observe a demonstration outside the Boomtown Rats gig at the Roundhouse,where Patrik was supporting said awful group, urging Patrik NOT to play in apartheid Israel!? As much as I agree that Israel should be Isolated from the civilised world, there must be other richer,higher profile,targets to harass. A Racist Zionist's money is as good as anybody's when you're broke.(Mmmmm,but then again.....?......ahh, just leave him alone will ya!?)



(PS, does anyone out there have a ripped copy of Patrik's lost LP “Tunisian Twist”?)



Tracklist:


A1 One Little Soldier

A2 Exist

A3 Personal Loss

A4 Travel Through Dark Though Scented Country

A5 Grey Echoes

A6 World Is Getting Better



B1 Solve

B2 My Death

B3 Work

B4 Gifts And Telegrams

B5 Punch

B6 Island Of Lost Souls

Peel session 10th April 1979:

1. Suicidal Wreck
2. Improve Myself 

3. Tonight
4. All The Splattered Children
5. Dance Music/Late Night





Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Astronauts - “Pranksters in Revolt EP” & “The Astronauts EP” (Bugle records BLAST 5 /BLAST 1) 1979/1980



The Astronauts first two ep's.
The eponymous debut is their standard sound,post-punk with a folk flavour. Featuring studio versions of the sounds heard on the live compilation “Back to sing for Free again soon”. The classic 'All night Party” being the stand out track here.

Prankstersin revolt” is a different beast altogether. A minimal folk-synth classic to rival Patrik Fitzgeralds' brilliant “Gifts andTelegrams” (which i'll post next because its sooooo good!).
I don't know whether the group were being deliberately obtuse here, but to turn from the expected sound is something to be applauded. Like it says in the second track on this fine EP, “Moderation is Boring”, especially when applied to music; though not when applied to narcotics and other stimulants. In fact for those secret state sanctioned/supplied population control weapons, TOTAL abstinence is the ideal goal. Being strung out in a dope cloud stupor is definitely fucking boring; like one of those anarcho-punk festivals. A real danger to society are drugged up and drunk white rasta's falling over in a ditch in the countryside. They Talked the Talk, but couldn't even walk, never-mind 'Walk the walk'!*

*This doesn't apply to the Astronauts by the way.




Friday, 18 July 2014

The Astronauts - "Only Fools And Optimists" ( Anarres - ASC 001) 1982


The Astronauts were another group from the melodic 'Folk'-tinged end of the anarcho-punk spectrum. As, in my opinion, Punk Rock is Folk music, this is something quite natural.
Long naturally curly haired Mark Astronaut, had the standard anarcho-office clerk kind of voice that was so popular with most of these awful groups; but the Astronauts stood apart. They had good socially aware and insightful lyrics, some interesting songs,and didn't dress in washed out black with 'i'm in the Anarchy Club' badges splashed everywhere like medals.This stuff is genuine Folk music,not affected by fashion and hive-like behaviour.
Don't let the Folk/Punk label put you off, this ain't the Levellers or ,if possible, worse. Think more in line with a more lightweight Zounds;and if you haven't heard Zounds,they're quite trad melodic post-punk punk with a folk-flavour to the lyrics.......in fact like The Astronauts, but a bit punkier!?

Here's what it says on The Astronauts website:

This cassette is a rare treat indeed. Side 1 has the added bonus of having two tracks featuring the superb soprano saxophone playing of Lol Coxhill. This side consists of 6 songs recorded in a 16-track studio by various combinations of The Astronauts. They are all professional quality recordings intended for future release on vinyl. Side 2 is a bonus for those of us who have followed Mark's work over the years. It also contains 6 songs, 5 of which were recorded in the more informal surroundings of the various Astronauts domiciles. Obviously, the recording quality on this material is not of the same high standard as Side 1, but nonetheless the songs themselves are of enormous quality* and interest* and we felt we could not pass up the opportunity to release these rare tapes."

*even though they say so themselves!?

The songs on side 1 went on to become side 1 of 2nd album proper,"It's All Done By Mirrors".

Track listing:

A1 New Dixieland Blues 4:58
A2 Seagull Mania 3:06
A3 Blood 2:42
A4 Gold at the Top 5:17
A5 Behave Yourself 3:35
A6 Typically English Day 2:57
B1 Sorry 4:50
B2 Political Stances 3:57
B3 Problems 2:37
B4 New Drummer Boy Blues 3:32
B5 Bodies in the Bath, Part 2 4:13
B6 Behave Yourself Dub 3:32



Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Mob ‎– "Ching" (Self-Released) 1981



Anarcho Punk from the hippie heartland of Yeovil, Somerset, close enough to Stone 'enge for the adolescent Mobsters to have been recruited at a young age into this unattractive tribe.
Luckily, in amongst the simplistic politics and sixth form lyrics, the Mob adhered to the more melodic side of the movement. Thankfully closer to the Zounds side of things “Anarcho”, rather than Crass.
This excellently muddy self-released tape from 1981, reveals a minimal and repetitive protest punk style that is very effective indeed. Most importantly it retains a charming naive innocence in its optimist youthful idealism. The vocals can be a bit cringingly teenage pop band competition stuff at times,and a lot of these tunes seem to be exactly the same, but that’s what we like here innit?
They have now reformed after thirty years,probably playing free festivals with Zounds and The Astronauts. Worth seeing if you don't mind roughing it with a crowd full of sixty five year old white rasta's with male pattern baldness drinking special brew.

Tracklist:

The Gates of Hell
No Doves Fly Here
What's Going On
Slayed
White Niggers
I Hear You Laughing
Youth
I Wish
Never Understood


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Alternative TV/ The Good Missionaries ‎– "Scars On Sunday" (Fuck Off Records WEIRD 1) 1979




Heres ATV's Fuck off tape that catalogues the
transition from ATV to The Good Missionaries.
There's even a nasty sounding riot at the end
of the ATV side.The public could turn violent
if they don't get what they want you know.In
this case they wanted hard hitting punk rock.
Instead they got band members playing each
others instruments, songs with no chorus, or
structure, and no hits!
The elongated silences at the end of each track
make the stunned silence at the end of 
Belsen was a Gas, from the pistols last gig,
seem like a nano second.
This is confrontational art at its very best,
and also probably ATV's best album?

Scars On Sunday     W001    Spring 79/May 79


SIDE ONE
1. Nasty Little Lonely         
2. Release the Natives         
3. Radio Story/Lost In Room   
4. Fellow Sufferer
5. The Force Is Blind
6. Good Missionary/Total Disregard
 For The Greenwich Theatre
SIDE TWO
1. Bottom Of The World
2. The Good Missionary Goes For a Walk
3. The Morning They Took Me Away
Side one is the penultimate Alternative TV gig at the Greewich Theatre in Spring 1979. It features the very shaky drums of Dave George and vocals from Anno Wombat. Line-up

Mark Perry   : vocals/guitar/keyboards/wind instruments/percussion
Dave George  : drums/percussion/special effects
Dennis Burns : bass guitar
Anno Wombat  : vocals/wind instruments/percussion
Side two is the very first Good Missionary concert in "Bottom Of The World" a jam recorded at the "Gig of the century" in the Lyceum ballroom May 1979. The other two numbers are also largely improvised and were recorded on the "Pop Group" tour summer 1979.

Mark Perry     : vocals/guitar/wind instruments
Dave George    : guitar/vocals/chime bars/effects
Dennis Burns   : bass guitar
Gillian Hanna  : vocals/wind instruments/percussion
Suze Da Blooz  : vocals/wind instruments/percussion
Anno Wombat    : vocals/wind instruments/percussion
Henry Badowski : drums/saxophone
CAUTION!
This is the first in Fuck Off records "Weird Experiments In Noise" collection and is a serious attempt to blow your mind with sound. As you may have noticed the long drawn out 'hypnotic' pieces (otherwise known as the boring bits) are necessary to bring out the sheer power of the noisy bits inherent in this type of music. While every attempt is made to ensure perfect audio reproduction, we must admit we quite enjoy that 'fucked up' sound. The Good Missionaries is a natural progression from Alternative TV. ATV in the beginning were a pretty hard hitting if not intriguing sort of punk group. However as time has passed, various members have joined and left the band until the final line up (recorded on side one) decided that the music had changed so much and lots of people were still coming to the gigs expecting the older line ups, that changing the name would be a good idea. About the time of this penultimate gig the music had got so weird that hardcore heavy punks had taken to throwing bottles at the band, on one occasion Mark was knocked unconscious by one, and during side one the tension in the air is easy to spot, as is the final destruction of the equipment by band and audience alike, after the PA is switched off mid-set. Side two starts with a jam recorded on the first Good Missionaries gig, a tentative affair where the group performed in masks, it was all meant as a bit of a laugh really but the band enjoyed the relief from not having a name to live up to, subsequently the content is less strained. The rest of side two feature two performances on the most recent Pop Group tour featuring the newest line-up. These additions and changes aid Mark in his former capacity as lead instrumentalist by stopping up a lot of gaps he used to have to run around the stage to fill all by himself. And generally I think it will be agreed that these later recordings show the band at their most relaxed and productive to date.
Sleeve note


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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Various Artists - "Folk In Hell : Alternative Rubbish from West London" (Fuck Off Records FO 008) 1980


This is a re-post, but Folk in Hell! This re-edited,remastered,320kbps version is rather good.
There's not much bad musicianship on offer here,but there are plenty of varied but competent compositions for all, in clear sounding lo-fi.splendour.
Beginning with the flawless Mark P's robotic peon to the easy life,”Make it easy” yeah! Followed by two or three ,fashionable in 1980 ,white reggae/ska hybrid things,even including one by The Astronauts!? Tuneful Anarcho-punk from the excellent Mob, DIY anti-popcraft from The Instant Automatons, Electronica by Steve lake,nu folk-punk by the Celebrated Workmen, hippie kraut prog crossover from Here and Now, and even ten minutes of full-on Jazz Fusion improv by Grosse Catastrophe (any Gong members in this one par chance?).
Probably the most consistent Fuck Off Records compilation,just lacking a Danny and the Dressmakers, or an 012 to make it perfect.

Track Listing: 

Side One:
MARK PERRY - Take It Easy / A PENCIL - The Advertiser / THE MOB - No Doves Fly Here / THE ASTRONAUTS - Behave Yourself / IMPOSSIBLE DREAMERS - After Dark / TASMIN - Sailor / VINCE PIE AND THE CRUMBS - My Gal
 

Side Two:
NO COMMENT - Did You Really Think / CELEBRATED WORKMEN - Blackleg Mine / ANDROIDS OF MU - Jungle Beast / STEVE LAKE - Dancing / INSTANT AUTOMATIONS - Gillian Is Normal / MURPHY FEDERATION - Lynch Party / HERE AND NOW - Nudge Up Double Delux / GROSSE CATASTROPE - Dinosaur Sandwich / SIR ALIAS - A Is For Artist


Monday, 14 July 2014

Various Artists ‎– "What Happens When We Sing A Song?" (Music For Midgets/ LMU ‎– M.F.M.14 / Free 001) 1980



The Glitteratti ,or, the Shiteratti, of the London Musicians union take us through the paces of their roughly hewn semi-improv styles, for free,on this free cassette of live recordings of free music.
The london Musicians Union, was the UK capital's equivalent of the Manchester Musicians Collective, and The los Angeles Free Music Society.
And what an array of UK DIY prime movers we have captured on tape; The Door and the Window, David Toop, Bendle, nag,Giblet,Mark Perry, Dennis Burns,and much more; definitely not available in shops.
Worth the zero pence price of admission alone, are the two exclusive tracks from ATV's Mark Perry, which were probably improvised specially for this performance.
A sense of humour is always present with any UK DIY release, a proud national trait, and its most evident with Nag's ,unrecognisable,solo covers of “Oh Bondage! Up Yours” and “Why Don't We Do It In The Road?”. Mischievously slaying two sacred cows with one performance, The Sixties and the New Wave. Rip it up and start again, in practice.

As it says on the cover:
"This Tape may be copied,swapped,or sold(at cost price) by anyone."
Now in 320kbps lo-fi hi-fidelity!

Tracklist:

A1 Door And The Window       Pokerville
A2 Nag Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
A3 Nag On Bondage Up Yours
A4 Casual Labourers Eanna's Returning
A5 Casual Labourers Out Of Control
A6 Casual Labourers Something From Nothing
B1 Mark Perry Death Looks Down
B2 Mark Perry Sound Of Music
B3 Mark Perry Sorrow Cried Blood
B4 Door And The Window Lust
B5 Door And The Window Swinga



Sunday, 13 July 2014

Various Artistes ‎– "Back To Sing For Free Again Soon" (Fuck Off Records – F.O. 001) 1979

http://www.mediafire.com/download/liieq9lclnd7e8k/Back_Again_To_Sing_For_Free_Again_Soon.zip


Here we have, in a limited edition of 5 Million, catalogue number Fuck Off 1 (yes, the first Fuck Off Records release!); “Back Again To Sing For Free Again Soon.The fabled compilation from the beyond great Fuck Off records from UK DIY's year zero.Now re-edited and remastered in 320kbps.

Side one (Slightly Sanesville), kicks off with a 21st century Glastonbury act  from 1979? It's the unbelievably

awful Dick Heley; who was an unwelcome manifestation of the kind of earnest young man with acoustic guitar that still plagues modern pop deep into the teenies of century 21! Its the kind of crap that makes one want to punch some fucker and beat them to death with one of Mumford and son's fucking banjo's! (Growl!)

It gets worse, because he seems to have three tracks rather than the two listed on the insert....Ouch!

It make it slightly better, three tracks from free festival stalwarts “The Astronauts” repair the damage somewhat with some lyrically aware nu folk with a punk rock slant. Never really my cup of tea,but after the first three tracks they almost sound like the first time I heard Joy Division.

Then, “Fuck Me!”, its that Dick Heley AGAIN!....this time backed up by the half-decent Prog of Blankspace, so its not so shit this time!

Moving swiftly on, this compilation really starts cooking with the proto-indie anti-pop classic from the Anal Surgeons, “Where's That Fag”; referring more to the personal servant tradition in English public schools* called a “Fag” rather than a cigarette or a Homosexual.(Although homosexual could apply to public schools also, as being arse raped is a rite of passage, or back passage, in these despicable factories for the Illuminatti; burn the fucking places down!....ps, its funny how the word illuminatti is never in any spell-check programme?).

The Dog Ends remind me of the more annoying moments from the Missing persons cassettes.They probably are missing persons....mentally I mean.

After the extra track not listed on the insert, of a sing-a-long version of “Jungle bells by persons unknown, we get an exclusive track from the fantastic “Vibing Up the Senile Man “ era Alternative TV. A brilliant audience losing, noise improvisation on piano, radio, guitar, and drum machine, called “Terrified of Dogs”. Its hard to describe how great ATV were in 1979,but this piece sums it all up very concisely indeed.

Side two (Crazytown), starts with the wilful stupidity of uber-dumb manc punk band, Wilful Damage. Famed for the singer being thrown offstage at the legendary Deeply Dale Free Festival 1978, by the king of “TeePee People”, who said that he would personally stop any of these “Punk” from playing. Mr Wilful Damage consequently broke his arm in the fall, but returned to finish the set. The crowd were suitably Impressed, and probably turned quite a few 'Hippies' over to the cause; probably including certain members of Here and Now,who, as we know, started Fuck Off records.

The band itself is classic thoughtless Punk mimicry,and the introductions between the tunes, in a moronic Lancastrian accent, are hilarious.

OMG, its Danny and theDressmakers!(giggle)

They turn me into a silly teenager again everytime I hear them!

DATD are worth a small essay describing how fucking perfect they are. I do have ambitions one day to create a Vinyl on Demand style Box Set containing all this wonderful groups major works.I may give that crowd-funding thing a go,is anyone interested in contributing a tenner?

Dream the dream!

To finish off, we are hit by the revelation that there were musicians in 1979! Seventh Angel's jazz-prog opus is superb,as is Blankspace's floyd style prog closer.

Is the ZeePee Silence Orchestra those TeePee chaps who attacked our mate from Wilful Damage? And were they called the ZeePee people after all??

Anyway, their track is, predictably, an Amon Duul 1 / Hawkwind hybrid,but nevertheless pretty entertaining.

Planet Gong......mmmmm.......I hate to say it,but I like their track rather too much!



I'll leave you with the parting words of Danny and the Dressmakers from the Deeply Dale Festival 1979:



“We were Planet Gon-g, goodbye!”

Tracklist:

A1 Dick Heley Void Burstin
A2 Dick Heley Photograph Of Feeling
A3 Astronoughts, The Secret File
A4 Astronoughts, The All Night Party
A5 Astronoughts, The Back To Sing For Free Again Soon
A6 Dick Heley & Blankspace Fantasy
A7 Anal Surgeons Wheres That Fag
A8 Dog Ends, The Aint No Free Unless Its Free
A9 Alternative T.V. Terrified Of Dogs
B1 Wilful Damage You Hang At Midnight
B2 Wilful Damage No-one Cares
B3 Wilful Damage Fictitious
B4 Wilful Damage Farewell To Innocence
B5 Danny + The Dressmakers Ernie Bishops Dead Body
B6 Danny + The Dressmakers How Hot Is A Match
B7 Danny + The Dressmakers John E. Begood
B8 Danny + The Dressmakers What The World Needs Now
B9 Danny + The Dressmakers Whole Lotta Pinball
B10 Danny + The Dressmakers Dont Make Another Bass Guitar Mr. Rickenbaker
B11 Danny + The Dressmakers Manchester United
B12 Sell-Outs, The Rock + Roll Concert
B13 Seventh Angel From A Sly Fox To A Pack Of Wolves
B14 Amazing Zeepee Silent Orch. No Kung Future
B15 Planet Gong Psychedelic Man
B16 Blankspace Take It Or Leave It / Nowhere



Friday, 11 July 2014

The 012 - "White Patterns On Her Dress" (Fuck Off Wreckords FW001) 1980


Before they got “professional”, the 012 made an even more amateurish single sided C-90. Full of trademark atonal, arrhythmic, deconstructions of well known hits, and improvised Free punk numbers. Keith 'Kif Kif' Dobson's cheese grater on slack fishing wire guitar sound is unparalleled in the modern idiom of Pop and rock and Roll. Some would call it a terrible racket, but I would describe it as the sound of year zero, liberating the open eared from the manacles of corporate rock, which had a stranglehold on pop culture just five years before; but then 'I' would say that wouldn't I?
The ambitionless looseness, unrehearsed for weeks, almost Coltrane-like confrontation of popular taste; make this tape essential listening for the hive dwelling masses of this increasingly amorphous planet. The sound of freedom from acceptance,and the creativity numbing power of 'needing to be liked'!
Now preserved for posterity in a high quality 320kbps replication of its original lo-fi glory(and edited into individual tracks at last!), this is your chance to flush your sound receptor synapses of that subliminal garbage that penetrates us from every angle.
The album title eerily seems to predict future institutional abuse! Does it refer, retroactively, to Monica Lewinsky's dress? If only we had listened,we could have stopped Clinton's long trail of sexual abuse that continues to this day. Maybe even Saville would have been outed, if only we had understood this channelled message from the 012!!?
Don't forget kids, it starts with the classic “Fish From Tahiti”,and it's better than their second 'proper' album“Let's Get professional”.

TRACK LISTING:

1 Fish From tahiti
2 The Age of Aquarius
3 Turn The Bass Down
4 Muluver County
5 Don't tread On My Dreams
6 Mama Mama
7 Use it Up Wear It Out
8 Love Like Anthrax
9 Fish Don't Have To Shout
10 Blabber and Smoke
11 9 to 5
12 In The Ghetto
13 There Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

The 012 ‎– "Let's Get Professional" (Flicknife Records ‎– SHARP 020) 1984



Whatever happened to the 012 ? Not to be confused with Birmingham incompetents the 021, from the wonderful 'Mell Square Music' ep.

This combination of the first three numbers in the arabic numerical system were basically a Fuck Off Records 'super-group', containing ex-Here and Now drummer boy, Kif Kif le Batteur (on guitar and vocals!); and even features top producer Grant Showbiz on Bass for tracks 2 and 3.

This belatedly released vinyl outing from 1984 is a sort of free-form UK DIY version of 1983 Sonic Youth with Dead C no-fi recording A-quality. Featuring thee most untuned guitar this side of AMM's Kieth Rowe, backed up with down tuned white-dub Basslines(played by one of the best stage names ever,the one and only, Dog End),and jazz tinged cardboard boxy drums.

The title of this LP is obviously 'Ironic', but one does detect an overly deliberate atmosphere of amateurishness that can irritate if you are aware of it ; so I apologise for ruining it for you......just don't read this,or if you have already read it, unread it.

I smell good musicians trying to be bad musicians.......and why not ? 'Tis a noble quest to rediscover ones musical innocence is it not ?



These fellows went on to be World Domination Enterprises, who made one of the greatest singles ever ; 'Asbestos Lead Asbestos'.

You ,ay have noticed that an early version of the aforementioned classic is included on this album ?

You are correct,but one must say, that it is just a tad inferior to the future Indie hit version from '86.

They also redid a version of 'Funkytown' on their LP,which was inferior to the version by the 012, so they didn't improve in all departments.



Summing up, great band name, great album, great sound ; now available again for y'all in totally inappropriate 320kbps MP3 quality from Die or DIY ?

the 012 on this record are kif kif le batter - guitar and vocal, Jose Gross - drums and 
laughing, crazy alan Dogend - bass, Granto showbiz - bass on *, Richard ans Adrians rankin 
horns on three little birds. Recorded at Street Level 1981* and on the Street Level mobile 
83/84 cut by Jacko at tape one. 

Tracklist:


A1 Let's Get Professional 4:19
A2 I Feel Cool 3:27
A3 Three Little Birds 4:26
A4 Funkytown People 4:12
A5 Asbestos Lead Asbestos 5:29
B1 San Andreas Fault 1:45
B2 She Doesn't Come 1:11
B3 Rio Tinto Zinc International 3:08
B4 Live Fast Die Young 3:37
B5 Meltdown Situation 3:28
B6 Three Days Then 4 1:53


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