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Does I Quit! = Split?

The sound of a million teenage hearts breaking could be heard around the world last night as One Direction’s Zayn Malik announced he was quitting the group (amid their current World Tour) to be “a normal 22 year old”. The future of 1D has been thrown into doubt, but the remaining members; Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne have vowed to continue as a four-piece.

Sound familiar?

We look at pop groups of days gone by and ask : does one member calling it quits always lead to splits?

S Club 7

The epitome of squeaky clean pop were put together by fired Spice Girls manager, Simon Fuller in 1997. S Club 7 had a string of hits, including 4 UK number ones and their own TV show. However, member Paul Cattermole, tired of making bubblegum pop, quit the band in 2002 to return to his rock roots and reformed old band, Skua, a new-metal band he had formed at school in 1992. The six remaining members; Jo O’Meara, Rachel Stevens, Tina Barrett, Hannah Spearitt, Bradley McIntosh and Jon Lee dropped the 7 from their name and vowed to continue as a six-piece. However, S Club only lasted another year and split in 2003. The band have recently reformed and will be on tour later this year with the 7-strong original line-up, including a date at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

Busted

The pop-punk trio burst onto the scene in 2002 with debut single, “What I Go To School For”. Matt Willis, James Bourne and Charlie Simpson went onto sell over 4 million albums worldwide, score 4 UK number one singles and inspire copycat band and real-life buddies, McFly. However, it was too good to last and Simpson’s decision to quit the band in December 2004 led to the announcement of their split in January 2005. Simpson went on to form Fightstar and more recently, launched his solo career, while Willis and Bourne both carved out semi-successful solo careers before joining forces with McFly in 2013 to form McBusted. The McFly/Busted hybrid have since played two sold-out tours across the world and released their self-titled debut album last year.

Atomic Kitten

OMD frontman, Andy McCluskey formed this girl group in Liverpool in 1998. By 2001, Natasha Hamilton, Liz McClarnon and Kerry Katona had failed to make much of an impact with their pop-poor singles, “Right Now”, “See Ya” and “Follow Me”. Their entire future depended on the success of their next release; if it wasn’t a hit, the group were history. “Whole Again” not only scored the trio their first UK number one, but it also went to the top spot in 18 other countries. However, a pregnant Katona quit the band just days before the single’s release and was replaced by former Precious singer, Jenny Frost. The new look line-up went onto have a string of hits, including number one singles with their covers of Blondie’s “The Tide Is High” and The Bangles “Eternal Flame”. The group announced in 2004 that they would be taking an extended break, but Hamilton admitted in 2012 that, in actual fact, the group had split as she had quit. The original Atomic Kitten reformed for The Big Reunion TV show in 2012 and kick off their “15 Years Of Atomic Kitten Tour” in June.

Take That

The biggest boyband of the 1990s had it all; good looks, big hits and an army of dedicated fans. Take That formed in 1990 and enjoyed a string of hits throughout the decade; “Relight My Fire”, “Pray”, “A Million Love Songs” and “Could It Be Magic?”, to name but a few. However, Robbie Williams’ departure in 1995 saw the four remaining members; Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald vow to continue without him, but the news that every teen dreaded came in February 1996; Take That was over. Fast-forward to 2005 and Take That reformed (minus Williams who had since enjoyed a massively successful solo career) and went on to become bigger and better than they had ever been; they even recruited Williams to rejoin them for sixth studio album, “Progress” and on the subsequent tour in 2011However, it was an old case of history repeating itself when Jason Orange unexpectedly quit the band in September 2014. The remaining trio; Barlow, Owen and Donald have decided to soldier on and released “III” in November 2014, which scored them their seventh UK number one album.

Sugababes

No-one knows more about surviving quitters than Sugababes! Formed in 1998, the girl group originally consisted of Mutya Buena, Siobhan Donaghy and Keisha Buchanan; they released their debut album, “One Touch” in November 2000, but Donaghy quit the band in 2001, later stating Buchanan’s “bullying” as the reason. Heidi Range (who was originally in Atomic Kitten, only to be replaced by Natasha Hamilton) replaced Donaghy and the group scored their first UK number one single with, “Freak Like Me” in 2002. Sugababes enjoyed immense popularity and frequent chart hits before Buena quit in 2005 and Amelle Berrabah replaced her. The last original Sugababe, Keisha Buchanan quit the band in 2009, and Eurovision Song Contest Entrant for that year, Jade Ewen took her place. Confused yet?! The group claimed “hiatus” in 2011 with Ewen later admitting that, in actual fact, they had split. Bizarrely, the original line up; Buchanan, Donaghy and Buena have formed MKS and are expected to release new material (written by Emeli Sande) very soon.

B*witched

We remember them for their double denim and cheesy dance routines, but Irish girl group, B*Witched (Twins Keavy and Edele Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinead O’Carroll) were something of a 90s pop success story; their first four singles went straight to the top spot here in the UK. It was a sickly sweet, but short success for the band; shortly after the release of second LP, “Awake & Breathe” in October 1999, B*Witched were dropped by record label, Sony. Despite initial plans to stick together and land a deal with another label, O’Carroll quit the band in 2002 and the band called it a day. B*Witched appeared in 2012’s The Big Reunion and have since toured and released EP, “Champagne Or Guinness” in 2014.

East 17

The bad boys of boybands defined the early 1990s with their brand of R&B-laced, garage pop. Formed in London in 1991, the band have sold over 18 million albums to date, collaborated with Gabrielle and are responsible for one of the greatest Christmas songs (albeit a little overplayed) of ALL time! However, Brian Harvey’s drug taking and glamorising of Ecstasy saw him sacked while Tony Mortimer quit. East 17 split in 1997. The band enjoyed a brief comeback in 1998 as E-17 with Harvey, but not Mortimer, only to split up again in 1999. In February 2006, the four original members played a comeback gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, but a punch up between Mortimer and Harvey saw Mortimer quit (again!). Mortimer told DJ Zoe Ball in 2009 that they band were planning a comeback and they reformed in 2010, only for Harvey to quit following missed rehearsals and cancelled gigs. East 17’s fifth studio album, “Dark Light” was released in 2012.

Steps

The 90s version of ABBA formed in 1997; Steps scored a string of Top 10 hits, sold over 20 million albums worldwide and supported Britney Spears on tour. The band released their debut album, “Step One” in 1998 and the rest is cheesy pop history; Faye Tozer, Claire Richards, Lisa Scott Lee, Ian “H” Watkins and Lee Latchford Evans were undoubtedly one of the cringiest pop groups of the decade, but still one of the biggest! The release of their Greatest Hits compilation, “Gold” (ABBA, anyone?) in 2001 was met by rumours of a split. The rumours became reality on Boxing Day in 2001 when the band announced they were splitting up; however, it was later revealed that both Claire and H had quit at the end of their “Gold : Greatest Hits Tour” some time earlier amid unhappiness and tension. A few ill-advised attempts at a solo career and inevitable “Celebrity Big Brother” appearances later, Steps reformed in 2011 and went on to tour (VERY successfully) and released fourth studio LP, “Light Up The World” in 2012.

5ive

The antedote to squeaky clean, mummy’s boys boybands came in the form of this five-piece, aptly named 5ive. Formed in 1997 by the brains behind Spice Girls, 5ive; Ritchie Neville, Sean Conlon, Scott Robinson, J Brown and Abz Love released their debut offering, “Slam Dunk (Da Funk)” in November of that year. A string of hits, Smash Hits Awards and a questionable Queen cover later, Conlon left the group following a mental breakdown caused by the stress of being in the band. This was kept quiet for some time and disguised by management as “glandular fever” for the press, but 5ive called it quits in late 2001. 5ive took part in 2012’s The Big Reunion, minus J Brown who refused any involvement and have since toured, but Love announced in 2014 that he had quit the group for good.

Spice Girls

Love them or loathe them, Spice Girls were the biggest pop phenomenon of the 1990sGeri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Victoria Adams, Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown burst onto the pop scene in a blur of infectious pop, easy to copy dance moves and no bras (!) in 1996 with their debut single, “Wannabe”. A string of hits singles, a Rolling Stone cover, a footballer husband and their own movie (complete with cameos from Richard E Grant, Sir Elton John, Michael Barrymore and Meat Loaf) later, the biggest band in the world came crashing down. Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell quit the group in 1998 while Baby, Sporty, Scary and Posh vowed Spice Girls would continue without her. They did, but disappointing third LP, “Forever” spelled the beginning of the end and Spice Girls announced in 2000 that they were taking a break to concentrate on solo projects. The reign of Girl Power was over . . . Until 2007 when the group announced they were reforming and embarked on a mammoth World Tour; their London date sold out in just 38 seconds! Rumours have resurfaced again in 2014 that the girl group would be reforming again(!) but Victoria Beckham has stated she has no interest in future Spice Girls projects.

Eternal

Before Mel B, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Mel C, Mrs Redknapp was Louise Nurding, a quarter of 90s girl group, Eternal, alongside sisters, Easther and Vernie Bennett and Kelle Bryan. The UK’s answer to En Vogue, Eternal released their debut album, “Always & Forever” in November 1993. Nurding quit the band in 1995 before recording of their second LP began and went onto enjoy a successful solo career. The band continued as a trio and scored their first UK number one in 1997 with, “I Wanna Be The Only One”, a duet with BeBe Winans. Bryan was sensationally sacked by the Bennett sisters in 1998 and replaced by TJ Arlette, who quit after a matter of days and the sisters carried on as a duo until 2000. 2013’s The Big Reunion saw Easther and Vernie Bennett and Kelle Bryan reform Eternal as a trio; they performed at The Hammersmith Apollo in March 2014.

Westlife

1D will be hoping they can pull off with these guys did; originally launched as a five-piece boyband in 1998, Westlife went onto become one of the great pop juggernauts of our generation. Cheesy cover versions, matching suits and bar stool stage routines aside, Westlife did what no other boyband has to date; 26 Top 10 hits, 14 number one singles, seven UK number one albums and 44 million records sold worldwide. However, five become four in March 2004 when Brian McFadden quit the band to spend more time with his family aka pursue a solo career. McFadden went onto release four solo LPs and score one UK number one. Westlife, however, had the last laugh; Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Kian Egan continued as a four piece and went onto bigger and better things; they went onto score another 3 number one albums without McFadden and their biggest selling single to date with their take on, “You Raise Me Up” in 2005 and they played to 80, 000 people at Croke Park to mark 10 Years Of Westlife in 2008. In October 2011, Westlife announced they were splitting up following a forthcoming Farewell Tour and Greatest Hits album. The band played their final gig at Dublin’s Croke Park on 23rd June 2012; the gig was screened in over 200 cinemas across the world. Rumours of a possible reunion was peddled by UK media late last year, but the band have vowed they will “never reunite”.

 

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 25/03/2015

Gigs This Week

Welsh, six-piece The Blackout will be rocking out this Thursday evening (26th March 2015) at The Garage. Last December, the post-hardcore band announced they were splitting up and that their current tour will be their last. Throughout their 12 year career, the band have had a string of successful hits and they released their final EP, “Wolves” last year.

Dundonian’s The View can be found at The Barrowland Ballroom this weekend (Friday 27th March 2015). Kyle Faclconer and Co recently released, “Marriage”, the lead single from forthcoming LP, “Ropewalk”, produced by Albert Hammond Jr and scheduled for release in June

Girl of the moment Charli XCX will be live at Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Union on Friday (27th March 2015). The English singer/songwriter launched her career in 2008, aged just 14, but didn’t get her breakthrough until 2012 when she featured on Icona Pop’s catchy single, “I Love It”. Since then, she has collaborated with Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea, supported The Ting Tings, Katy Perry, Coldplay and Ellie Goulding on tour and released her second LP, “Sucker” in December 2014.

The Stranglers will be at Glasgow’s 02 Academy this Saturday (28th March 2015). The band, who formed in 1974, are playing 18 UK dates as part of their “March On Tour”. The Stranglers have released 17 studio albums throughout their career, the most recent being 2012’s “Giants”.

Glasgow’s own, Gun will be closing their current tour at The Barrowland on Saturday (29th March 2015). The band are playing their 1989 debut, “Taking On The World” in full, as well as hits both old and new. The band released their latest LP, “Frantic” earlier this year.

The Vaccines will be at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket on Sunday (29th March 2015) ahead of the release of third studio album “English Graffiti” due for release in May. It follows their debut, “What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?” and 2012’s “Come Of Age”.

American metal-core band, Of Mice & Men will be found at The Barrowland on Monday (30th March 2015). The Californian quintet’s latest single “Broken Generation” was released last month, taken from their 2014 LP, “Restoring Force” which also features the tracks, “You’re Not Alone” and “Would You Still Be There?”.

 

Fellow Californians, Rival Sons will also be in Glasgow next week; they play Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Monday 30th March 2015. Formed from the ashes of band, Black Summer Crush, the band released their debut album, “Before The Fire” in 2009. Rival Sons released the latest LP, “Great Western Valkyrie” last June.

Just Announced

Former Beach Boy, Brian Wilson will be live at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 27th September 2015. Following a hugely successful career with the Californian surf pop band, Wilson released his self-titled, debut in July 1988. Support comes from Edwyn Collins and America. Brian Wilson releases brand new album, “No Pier Pressure” next month.

X Factor success story (despite NOT winning), Ella Henderson has unveiled plans for her debut headline tour later this year, including a date at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Thursday 29th October 2015. The singer/songwriter will have a golden opportunity to warm up her Glasgow audience when she supports Take That in May at The SSE Hydro.

Old-school, Brit rockers, Squeeze have announced their first UK tour in 3 years for later this year, including a gig at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on 23rd October 2015. The band are due to headline The Wickerman Festival in Dumfries & Galloway in July.

Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers has announced a string of UK dates for May 2015, including a gig at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Monday 25th May 2015, his ONLY Scottish date. This week, Flowers unveiled brand new track, “Can’t Deny My Love”, the lead single from his second solo LP, “The Desired Effect”, due for release in May.

 

 

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 18/03/2015

Gigs This Week

Dublin-born, Raglans are live at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut tonight (Thursday 19th March 2015). The band, who formed in 2011, are out on the road in support of their debut, self-titled LP, released in March 2014. Raglans have previously supported fellow Irish blues band, The Strypes, sister trio, Haim and The Libertines. Support tonight comes from The Tales, The Lapelles and Orthodox.

The SSE Hydro plays host to quirky songstress, Paloma Faith on Friday (20th March 2015). Following a stunning set at The Brits last month, Ms Faith is live in Glasgow as part of her current tour, in support of her third LP, “A Perfect Contradiction”, released last March and features the hit single, “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”. Support comes from Vintage Trouble.

The Daddy of Mancunian misery makes his SSE Hydro debut on Saturday (21st March 2015). Morrissey is bringing his current tour to Glasgow this weekend where he is expected to play a mixed bag of Smiths classics and solo hits. The controversial, former Smiths frontman is out in support of his latest (and tenth) solo LP, “World Peace Is None Of Your Business”, released in February 2014.

Canadian-born, Kiesza is scheduled to play Glasgow’s 02 ABC this weekend (Saturday 21st March 2015). The singer, who enjoyed massive success with single, “Hideaway” last year, is on tour in support of her debut release, “Sound Of A Woman”, released last October. Support comes from Scottish synth-pop band, Prides.

LA’s Warpaint will be at Glasgow’s 02 ABC next week (Wednesday 24th March 2015). Warpaint have had favourable comparisons to The Cocteau Twins, Joni Mitchell and Siouxsie & The Banshees since forming in 2004. The band released their second, self-titled LP last January which was produced by Flood. Support comes from The Garden.

Just Announced

Cincinnati’s Walk The Moon have announced plans to tour this summer, including a date in Glasgow. The band will be at The Arches on Saturday 23rd May 2015, the same month they are due to release their second LP, “Talking Is Hard”.

Bluesy, Irish band, The Strypes have announced plans to play a summer gig in Scotland. The band, who formed in 2011 and released their debut LP, “Snapshot” in September 2013, will be at The Caves in Edinburgh on Sunday 14th June 2015

Tickets on-sale on Friday 20th March 2015 at 9am.

 

Live From London : The Cadillac Three, Dingwalls (10/3/2015)

With a name that sounds like the re-imagining of a violin trio by the cast of Easy Rider, it should have come as no surprise that The Cadillac Three drew to Dingwalls a crowd packed out with denim jackets, plaid shirts and free-flowing male hair. Viewed by many as much needed purists on the country rock scene, Nashville natives, The Cadillac Three are certainly unashamed of living up to Southern cliches ; swigging JD from the bottle? Check. Trucker caps? Check. Shouting “grab your partner by the hand”? Well, not quite . . .

What is beyond debate is that The Three love their home region. “The South” name-checks Southern states from Carolina to Florida like a continuation of the train travel narrative of Johnny Cash’s “Hey Porter”. If that was not enough to get the message through, “I’m Southern” finds singer, Jared Johnston proudly declaring, “I’m Southern, and it ain’t my fault!”

A muscly live proposition, The Cadillac Three bang out the meaty riffs with baccy-spittin’ ferocity. “Tennessee Mojo” is a case in point; a three chord head-banger that lives up to its title, with Johnston proclaiming, “All the pretty ladies wanna hold my hand” like he was Matthew McConnaughey reincarnate. The audience certainly showered the band with enthusiasm, moving Johnston enough for him to compliment London as being like a second home. The year spent touring debut album, “Tennessee Mojo” has paid dividends with lyrics sung back from the audience with impressive frequency and accuracy.

With rock legend endorsement from the likes of Chrissie Hynde, found lurking at the back of the venue on the evening, The Cadillac Three certainly have the songs with attitude that radiates cruising down an empty freeway for the summer holidays. Though as it stands, the lack of variety in the subject matter and song structure of The Cadillac Three repertoire still makes 80 minutes in their company seem like time spent with Kings Of Leons’ less travelled and less interesting cousins.

Cinema Club : 13/03/2015

New Releases 

Run All Night

Tough guy, Liam Neeson is hard-drinking, Brooklyn hitman, Jimmy Conlon, nicknamed “The Gravedigger”Conlon’s estranged son, Mike (played by Joel Kinnamen) is forced to go on the run when he becomes a target of mob boss, Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), a former associate of Conlon’s. In order to get to Mike before the police and mobsters do, “The Gravedigger” has just one night to save the family he abandoned for a life of crime. From the director of “Unknown” and “Non-Stop”.

Suite Francaise

Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts star in this tale of forbidden love set during WWII. Lucille Anglier (Michelle Williams) lives in a small village in occupied France with her controlling mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) following her husband’s capture by the Nazi’s.  Lucille finds herself drawn to handsome and cultured, Bruno, one of the German soldiers billeted in her village, but their taboo love could cost her more than she bargained for . . . Sam Riley and Margot Robbie also star.

X+Y

Asa Butterfield is Nathan, a troubled teenager and maths prodigy who has struggled to bond with his widowed mother, Julie (Sally Hawkins) since his father, with whom he was very close, was tragically killed in a car accident. However, with the support of his unorthodox teacher, Mr Humphreys (Rafe Spall), Nathan secures a place on the British Team at The International Mathematics Olympiad where he soon realises that he is not as alone as he feared. Inspired by a true story.

Special Screenings

Steel Magnolias @ The GFT, Sunday 15th March 2015 @ 2.30pm

The silver screen version of Robert Harling’s 1987 play gets an airing this weekend at The GFT. Julia Roberts and Dolly Parton lead an all- star cast in this heartwarming story of a group of feisty women who bond at a Louisana beauty parlour. Ideal for Mother’s Day.

Mrs Doubtfire @ The Grosvenor, Sunday 15th March 2015 @ 4pm

In one of his most-loved roles, the late, great Robin Williams is Daniel Hillard, a soon-to-be divorced, out of work voice actor and dad to three kids. Daniel’s lack of job and place to live means a judge grants full custody of their children to his ex-wife, Miranda (Sally Field). With a little help from his make-up artist brother, Frank and his partner, Jack, desperate but devoted dad, Daniel hatches a bizarre plan to be with his beloved kids . . . Pierce Brosnan also stars in this fun-filled, family feature.

The Sound Of Music @ Cineworld (Renfrew St), Sunday 15th March 2015

2015 marks 50 years since the release of this classic musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Troubled nun, Maria (Julie Andrews) is sent to act as a governess to the seven children of Austrian naval captain, George von Trapp and finds her true purpose in life. Get ready to sing-a-long to classics, “The Sound Of Music”, “Do-Re-Mi” and “My Favourite Things” this weekend!

Good Morning, Vietnam @ The Grosvenor, Wednesday 18th March 2015 @ 6.30pm

Tribute is paid to the late, great Robin Williams a second time this coming week at The Grosvenor Cinema with this, one of his most memorable movies. Radio funnyman, Adrian Cronauer is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. Despite being a hit with the G.I’s, Cronauer shocks his superiors with his irreverent take on the war and gets a first-hand taste of the grim reality of war via his relationship with Vietnamese girl, Trinh (Chintara Sukapatana). Forest Whitaker also stars in this war-comedy with an impressive soundtrack to boot!

 

 

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 11/03/2015

Gigs This Week

Old-school, indie band, The Charlatans are live at The Barrowlands tonight (Wednesday 11th March 2015) The band, who formed in 1989 and were at the height of their fame during the Madchester scene of the 1990s, are out in support of their latest LP, “Modern Nature”, which was released in January and was their first studio album in 5 years.

Pop supergroup, McBusted (a hybrid of McFly and two thirds of Busted) take to The SSE Hydro this weekend for two headline shows (Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March 2015). The band were the surprise success of 2013 when they joined forces and went on to sell out an entire UK tour last year, which spawned a feature-length concert movie. The band released their self-titled, debut album in December.

Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall is undoubtedly a strange setting for electronic outfit, Underworld, but that’s where they’ll be on Thursday (12th March 2015). The band, known for their massive dancefloor hit, “Born Slippy” which featured on Trainspotting soundtrack, are playing to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their third LP, “Dubnobasswithmyheadman”.

Northern Ireland’s The Answer are bringing their blend of hard rock and blues to Glasgow this weekend (Friday 13th March 2015) when they play The Garage. The band, who formed in 2000, are out in support of their fifth album, “Raise A Little Hell” which came out on Monday (9th March 2015).

Singer/songwriter, Lucy Rose will be live at The Art School this weekend (Friday 13th March 2015). Rose released her debut offering, “Like I Used To Be” in September 2012, which features the singles, “Red Face”, “Lines” and “Bikes”. The Warwickshire-born singer is due to release her sophomore album, “Work It Out” in July.

Fresh from an impressive winning streak at both The Grammys and The Brit Awards last month, the male equivalent of Adele is live at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th March 2015. Sam Smith can do no wrong since releasing his debut album, “In The Lonely Hour” in May 2014; he enjoyed success with singles, “Stay With Me” and “Money On My Mind”, America have embraced him, he has fought off tough competition from Ed Sheeran and is BFFs with Rihanna and Katy Perry.

King Tut’s plays host to indie band, Peace next week (Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th March 2015). The band, who formed in 2009 and released their debut album, “In Love” in March 2013, Peace are out in support of their second LP, “Happy People”, which came out last month.

Just Announced

Scottish, art-school rockers, Franz Ferdinand have teamed up with LA-born, glam rock band, Sparks to form FFS. An idea that has been 10 years in the making will be LIVE at Glasgow’s Art School on 16th June 2015. A creative combo that has to be seen to be believed, and appreciated!

Tickets on sale on Friday 13th March 2015 at 9am.

 

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