posted on September 4, 2006 at 5:26 am

been watchin’ born to boogie
the t rex film (thanks hot toddy)
at the zenith of his career
from hereon in
the long slide
which had in fact
already begun
although trex are set up in the biggest gig in england
they look like theyre playin’ at lyneham high school social
absolutely no lights
no drum riser
all kinda crammed together
i saw trex live in
maybe 1973 in sydney
they were rubbish
about 6 songs stretched out by bolans awful “lead” guitar
and ridiculous posturing
how could a man fall from grace so fast……?
during one of the pretty good “surreal” segments in the film
ringo starr (obviously with a bit of a hetero crush on bolan)
dressed up as a mouse chauffering boleys caddy
pulls up in the haze of an english summer morning
bolan looks out from under his locks of hair n silly hat
n says to ringo quietly
mm ..nice day..
and then you just got to know
how fuckin’ cool it must have been to have been bolan
at that very second
or even hang out with him
but already at the wembley concert which the film is hung around
its all startin’ to go to marcs lovely head
and oh dear
oh my my
why wouldnt it?

but its an earlier marc that i myself
am still interested in
beard of stars n t rex
where it all came into focus
i mean electric warrior is brilliant
but the seeds of destruction were already sown
i love the slider too
but by now boleys not boley anymore
hes gone from boppin’ elf
to a bona fide screamingirls limousineridin’
cokesnortin’ fuckin ROCKSTAR
oh beware beware beware
his muse laid a cuppla farewell killa songs on him
like 20 century boy, etc
and she split, never to be seen again
but by tanx…
i was furious with that album
not one halfway decent….no nothin’
absolutely the worse tripe
and so on from then on out
but theres never been a guy with so many posthumous albums
all with the same old buncha songs on em
bolan was a cosmic rocker
he was a seeeker of space
his sublime stuff is sublime
check out the weeeping wah wah on lofty skies
that guitar is speaking straight to your heart darlin’
check out the chord progression on great horse
for total weirdness check out wind cheetah
which sounds like it was written by a phoenician
on some strange instrument in city of tire
then check out the rhythm guitar playing on t rex
as good as keef at rockin n rollin’?
i just love boleys chopping boogieing playing
his strange endings
his preposterous accent
his beautiful melodies
an alternative to allthose strutting peacock turkeys
in deep purple n led sabbath n whoever else
bolan you were the bees knees old son
you were only young when ya went..
who knows you coulda come back …….
ive been listnin to these albums since 1970
36 years of gratification
not bad when ya think about it
a really really hip cat
but could it give me love
give me little love
gimme little love from gods heart?
and then i’ll walk….

51 Responses to “take it out on me mama”

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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 4 September 2006 at 6:02 am #


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    Anonymous | 4 September 2006 at 6:05 am #

    36 years you say sk, that sounds like such a long time, but when I think about it, I know I’ll be listening to your stuff well beyond 36 years! Forever I say!

    Amanda P

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    Centuryhouse | 4 September 2006 at 6:49 am #

    36 years of listening is a real ‘bang for the buck’!

    The Church & SK solo is like that too – only you never went through a phase where the music you made wasn’t good. It’s changed along the way but it’s always been quality.

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    Jesuskrishna | 4 September 2006 at 7:13 am #

    Maybe what you need Steve is a larger than lifesized cardboard cut out out of yourself to share the stage with like Marc did in Born To Boogie!
    Just imagine looking to your left each night and seeing your reflection there but twice the size!
    Grab a tambourine and GO!

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    davem | 4 September 2006 at 7:16 am #

    How fuckin’ cool it must have been to have been kilbey at that very second or even read his blog….
    SK if you can even imagine how cool it would’ve been for you to get an insight into some of marcs thoughts each day you’ll have a small idea of how much yer blogge means to us. Ta for sharing.
    Love you more,

    Dave M

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    DJK082067 | 4 September 2006 at 7:20 am #

    Its 1:30 am central time in the U.S (Chicago), my math is a little off to the actual response to that certain blog magic. Our time frame difference. Just cant sleep..and chowing PB right of the jar. One thing that ranks up in life as ” many bests” would be; to be the first 1 to crack that foil on your new PB and enjoy. My fav is smaller oz containers of Jif Creamy (no nuts..Save the squirels) because they dont become oily fast.Anways… my American decoding of your blog senses a strong opinion of a guitarist and comparisons 2 others. Well I have seen many pass thru my sight up close since 1977. And true to their form of music/style I’d rank MWP in his own class, as his very best. In different styles, none better than Randy on Ozzies first U.S solo tour(1982-83)(RIP) for any type of MeTaL…even though Mustaine destroyed the Metro in 1986. Alan Holdsworth for his style …greatly underrated and incredible live(Jazzy JAZ JAZ).And an odd catagory for myself/or anyone would be to refer to…Flamenco::::: saw Ottmar Liebert and was astonished (almost a spaceflight)
    SO…this is just PB savoring and boredom that now ends this blog response(sorry to bore anyone today). SK…Hope each day becomes better for u than the last.


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    Anonymous | 4 September 2006 at 7:25 am #

    R.I.P Steve ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin, One of Australia’s finest ! A great family man, entertainer he will be sadly missed…

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    (('{~_~}')) | 4 September 2006 at 7:33 am #

    R.I.P Steve ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin.

    A very sad day indeed.

    At least he died doing what he loved best.

    A great Australian icon will be sadly missed.

  9. avatar | 4 September 2006 at 7:33 am #

    as good as keef at rockin and rollin’ 😉

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    dosty | 4 September 2006 at 7:39 am #


    A serious question (and please, gentle fans, I’m not slagging your sage off, I’m generally interested). If you are so full of anger and disenchantment (because so am I: five seconds on the roads is enough for me to lose my faith in humanity) what does all this yoga, art, chi gong(sic) actually do for you? What have you learnt from the Bhagavada Gita (sic)? Does your calm, peaceful state of mind only last as long as the moment? I read Sidharta, fall in love with my fellow man, then everything i’ve learnt seems to dissolve in a matter of minutes. All it takes is overhearing a typically vacuous conversation, or watching television for a second for all hope in the progress of man to fade. The lessons from art and religion only seem to be relevant in the sphere of art and religion. That is, in tranquil moments of detachment. Are people only a good idea, in theory? The dope, the veganism, the meditation. Just another cloud?

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    syrinx | 4 September 2006 at 7:42 am #

    Damnfuckshit! Not Steve Erwin. We loved him here like one of our own.


    The first few times I saw him and commented, an Oz net friend said something like, “Yeah…’Here’s the world’s most dangerous snake. Now let’s go PISS ‘IM OFF WITH A STICK!'”

    I laughed so hard. Because it was kinda like that. Man, we loved him here. LOVED HIM. He and his little shorts will be sadly missed.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 September 2006 at 7:44 am #

    interesting questions dosty
    which i’m sure steve poses daily anyway

  13. avatar
    syrinx | 4 September 2006 at 7:48 am #

    Trying times?

    Try again.

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    syrinx | 4 September 2006 at 7:49 am #

    And again.

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    metal_petal | 4 September 2006 at 8:29 am #

    Marc Bolan was cool. Jews do it best!

    And as for bloody Steve Irwin. The only moment of pleasure his work ever gave me was at Homebake a few years ago. A bunch of guys came dressed as him, complete with inflatable crocodiles. The sight of them waving their crocs in the air while the Church performed Reptile was bloody hilarious. Yobboes can be funny sometimes. Not very often, but.

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    fantasticandy | 4 September 2006 at 9:53 am #

    krautrock DVD’S still waiting for ya killa!(

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    daniel 26, 25 | 4 September 2006 at 10:16 am #

    Imagine Steve with a tambourine…

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    Anonymous | 4 September 2006 at 11:15 am #


    Steve Irwin. (1992 – 2006)


    What a soul.

    What a life.

    What an Australian!

    A tearful blogger.

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    Anonymous | 4 September 2006 at 11:18 am #

    Anonymous said…

    Steve Irwin. (1962** – 2006)


    What a soul.

    What a life.

    What an Australian!

    A tearful blogger (that’s too upset to proofread).

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 September 2006 at 11:23 am #


    Andrew Denton’s interview with Steve Irwin will be replayed tonight at 9.30pm on the ABC.

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    ade | 4 September 2006 at 11:50 am #

    this talk of ballet’n’bolan reminded me of ‘Billy Elliot’- you seen it?- t-rex IS the soundtrack, more or less.

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    chris. | 4 September 2006 at 11:54 am #

    steve,when is the isidore cd out ?
    and mimesis for that matter ?

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    Anonymous | 4 September 2006 at 12:40 pm #

    i too saw marc with trex at festival hall in melbourne. i thought i was their biggest fan at the time. looks like i had competition from you steve. marc was so high he started to unzip his pants!!! a few tamborines were thrown into the audience and i was lucky enough to catch one. still have it in my wardrobe. electric warrior is a fantastic album my fave track being lifes a gas. you might like to know steve that i played the church to my daughter in utero (she is now 20). her fave when she was about 5 was “ripple”. sometimes when i play your music she will say, “that wouldn’t be the church by any chance would it”. so there you go steve, your melody lingers somewhere in her brain and makeup.

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    Jen Jewel Brown | 4 September 2006 at 2:03 pm #

    Ballrooms of Mars & the whole of The Slider are orgaasmic – especially the guitar solo in Ballrooms. Equal to Ziggy Stardust the Spiders From Mars. And Flo & Eddie are sublime. (Mars, clearly, is the planet of rock’n’roll.)
    Right now I should be typing up a journalistic interview but here I am rolling up The Time Being Steve Kilbey and friends – what a lovely drug free escape it is you lot. Perhaps we can entice SK beyond November. What would it take?
    Waaal, I went to the Greyhound and saw Ian Rilen & the Love Addicts on Saturday. Glorious, glorious swampy down home primal rock’n’roll. There’s Johnny Schofield and Charlie Owen hanging off the bar in awe at this sheer grit – Ian’s decided he’ll play on and skip treatment as the cancer works its way through everywhere. After the gig he doubles over nurses it for a while

    The Greyhound clientele a rage of humbled rockers/ teen to ravaged/ravaged teens/Cathy Green on bass/in a beat world never broken.
    I buy their CD Passion Boots & Bruises
    It makes me laugh. It sounds like hydrochloric acid’s eaten through the disc or maybe that’s Ian’s throat/the songs stay with you/like The Family From Cuba
    They make you laugh
    like Bad Boy For Love (which he wrote)
    Like Bad For Good
    Ian’s autograph is a strangely beautiful educated teenage slant.

    BTW he has three beautiful daughters helping out, flogging CD’s and he’s a beautiful man.

    “The crème de la crème of Australia’s music scene join forces over two nights to pay tribute to Ian Rilen
    Thursday 5 October: The Prince Of Wales
    Beasts Of Bourbon
    Tim Rogers & The Temperance Union
    Nick Barker
    Phil Jamieson & further guests to be announced
    Friday 6 October: The Prince Of Wales
    Rose Tattoo
    Hoodoo Gurus
    Don Walker
    The Spazzys
    Maurice Frawley & the Yard Hands
    Kim Volkman & further guests to be announced”

    These will be killer gigs if you like a walk on the raw side
    and if you wanna honour a pillar of aUSTRALIAN ROCK’N’ROLL

  25. avatar
    JJ | 4 September 2006 at 2:07 pm #

    Today’s dispatch stirred up some Tyrannosaurus Rex memories (starting with the folkie duo album). My girlfriend at the time and her English best friend introduced me to them, circa 1970 or so. Bolan flamed out quickly, but left enduring music. Interesting Ringo comment – he sure went off in T-Rexstacy during that (cocaine-fueled?) period. Maybe a substitute for him for that big hole left by the dissolution of his old band. Dunno.


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    Anonymous | 4 September 2006 at 2:39 pm #

    in the john peel partial autobiography he tells how he and his wife were friendly with marc bolan until he got too big for his boots and cut them in a very offhand manner. the action of a arsehole really. i recently got a best-of t-rex album and was amazed at a) how good the good ones are, and b) how shite the rest is.



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    Gareth,Notts | 4 September 2006 at 3:44 pm #

    what a shock about Steve Irwin! what a great bloke,God takes back another Aussie icon.I’m sure this will fast become a cliche but its true,he died doing something he loved!take care SK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    The Other One | 4 September 2006 at 4:52 pm #

    I love when you talk about Music. Nothing better than Music to heal the wounds from having to be an everyday creature in this diseased earth.
    I love when you talk about Music. I blissfully keep those Newspaper Taxi reviews (Doctors of Madness, T-Rex and Metro, wow, pieces of art and accurate historical investigation). A Virgo surely knows how to analyse. You would have made a timeless journalist. But Journalism doesn’t deserve you. Thank God you tuned with your creativity and had the guts and circumstances to follow the artistic path.

    Now, enough of flattery to make your nose even more prominent.

    I reckon somebody asked about Steve’s astrological map. Well, he claims he’s a pitta type. No wonder here as long as his Rising Sign is Sagittarius and his Moon is in Aries (both Fire signs). Well, there’s far much more than this but I’m not intending to explore it deeper in this space. Besides it, Steve doesn’t seem to dig Astrology (which is a shame)…

  29. avatar
    davem | 4 September 2006 at 6:16 pm #

    It’s very quiet lately in cyberspace.

  30. avatar
    esusetain | 4 September 2006 at 6:53 pm #

    We actors don’t get a lot of shower filters till we get “really” famous – but we live and breathe our shower filters regardless. shower filters

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    syrinx | 4 September 2006 at 10:10 pm #

    Re: I looked but my eyes aren’t seeing the post from someone who also liked Todd Rundgren. Sometimes I forget exactly what year something happened (moved a lot), and in checking him out again I found this for you if you haven’t found it already:

    More of the music I can’t say yet, but I like his attitude. He must’ve been beaming it at me when I was a kid too. :


    Mr. K…I think this place is emptier today because everyone who has never experienced Marc Bolan and T-Rex are now doing so furiously. Or they’re out in a park eating hot dogs and drinking beer, I dunno.

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    veleska1970 | 4 September 2006 at 10:12 pm #

    happy belated father’s day, steve. i hope you were in better spirits enough later on to have a good late afternoon and evening with the family.

    lotza love..

  33. avatar
    veleska1970 | 4 September 2006 at 10:24 pm #

    oops….that should have been “belated happy father’s day.”

    my brain is dyslexic today.


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    mattdavison | 4 September 2006 at 10:44 pm #

    Well he did give me Iva Davies so I gotta love em (spose) Dunno that much about that dinosaur but anyway!!The world is so few of exceptional people and I would like to say Your Croc Hunter is a real loss…and I would like to say energy, passion , love .Its all the same…It takes a lot of hard work to be that way Music, conservation, art, (I AM AN ARTIST) GIVING BACK… is about having a soul and showing other people.
    Ask yr twillies SK I bet they loved Steve the Hunter.

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    sockfacepuppetmunch | 4 September 2006 at 11:47 pm #


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    Anonymous | 5 September 2006 at 12:29 am #

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    stealthblue | 5 September 2006 at 12:44 am #

    Hi All,
    Sorry, SK, Not much to say re: music and such, except that I do appreciate T-Rex, and who ever mentioned Iva Davies (Matt D.), I really dig Icehouse actually…though nowhere near as influential as The Church 🙂

    So, yeah, our “Croc Hunter” has passed in a most tragic way. I just found out about a half hour ago and I feel kind of sick actually. I feel so, so sad for his lovely family. I know he was a funny guy and all, but he was quite serious in his conservationism and truly loved his work. In my opinion, he was a good man and truly had passion for everything he endeavored. You could tell he also really loved his family. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and fans all over the world. His early death is so stunning and ironic, yet not completely surprising either. We will miss him.
    Good night everyone. Remember, life is precious and time flies…

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    the young relict | 5 September 2006 at 1:47 am #

    Steve Irwin was a Hero. He spent his life trying to protect the environment and natures creatures. He is the most selfless man on TV. He has donated millions of dollars to wildlife preservation and is a role model for a family man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I have felt sick to my stomach since I heard of his passing and I am Sorry if I am off subject here but I needed to express this. Steve? Your thoughts?

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    Queen Hatshepsut | 5 September 2006 at 1:52 am #

    SK –
    Been really busy today, getting ready for my first day student teaching tomorrow. I feel like a school kid again. Anyway my mum called me Saturday night to tell me about Steve Irwin. Now this isn’t his blogge, but certainly his sad, early death makes one think…at least it made me think the usual suspect thoughts. Life is fragile, short, unpredictable – it can disappear in an instant. Poof! This isn’t meant to be a downer. I’ve told you this before, but it’s important to me that I say it again – I don’t want you leaving this planet without knowing how grateful I am for your existence. I am thrilled I’ve had some brief opportunities to get to know you just a bit, to watch you do your crazy sound checks, to help you with your beautiful art, to watch your amazing concerts and antics…but most of all I am grateful for all the years your music, words, poetry and art made me so happy, and made my life so much richer, fuller, and better. Your music is the soundtrack to the last 23 years of my life and it’s the music I want played when I shuffle off this mortal coil.

    I’m getting sappy I know. So sue me! I really do love you Steve; you know it’s not romantic love…I don’t know what kind of love it is. Platonic sounds so formal. But I do know I cannot imagine this world without you and I don’t know that we have to classify love all the time do we?? I hope this doesn’t freak you or anyone else out. It’s an honour to know you a bit, and like Steve Irwin, you make this world a happier, better place just by being here.
    love (who knows what kind)

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    mattdavsion | 5 September 2006 at 2:50 am #

    lullaby* is the song about Steve Irwin.Not really knowing whome or what you wrote that one about.
    But listened and cryed for a man who was the chosen one, and did more for beasts and man than anyone else in Australian history.

    Perhaps you could sing that one on the tour for his little ones and terri.

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    Anonymous | 5 September 2006 at 3:02 am #

    Thought T-Rex were the most out there musicians there were at the time – loved the good un’s just hated the wank.

    sad about Steve Irwin but if you live by the sword…..


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    Anonymous | 5 September 2006 at 3:03 am #

    crikey, that one almost bit my finger off! WHAT THE HELL DID HE THINK WOULD EVENTUALLY HAPPEN?

    leave wild animals alone

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    sue cee | 5 September 2006 at 4:02 am #

    Ive had the ‘flu, my excuse for quietness but still digesting the blogs of the past few days. Steve I envy you for seeing Bolan in the flesh even if they were shite that night. Corkscrew hair, beautiful music, a fiend named Steve Peregrin Took, fairies, metal guru, I could not resist. yeah, i never realised till the DVD how up himself he got but it doesnt matter. The beauty outweighs all that now and he’s gone to the stars just like the crocodile hunter.

    To be honest I couldnt stand the Crocodile man most times (funny, i cant bring myself to write his first name here). His heart was in the right place except sadly this last time. I feel sorriest for his wife and kids. An american wife, they adored each other, you could relate to that SK. But to die loving what you do as everyone is saying…well, I doubt he would’ve been ready to go yet.

    I caught a stingray once and let it go. Beautiful creature it was to watch in the water.


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    andmoreagain | 5 September 2006 at 4:08 am #

    Kilbster you’ve dun it again. I remember looking at my sister’s copy of Tanx and wondering but never listening (too busy listening to Blockbuster by the Sweeties) but when I finally tapped into the Slider man my young mind was totalled. It rocked and grokked at the same time! Nice to hear a few words about the dear departed Arthurly the other day.
    luv dunc

  45. avatar
    sue cee | 5 September 2006 at 4:55 am #

    metal petal, that image at Homebake of the crocs waving in the air to Reptile just brought a big smile to my face.

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    captainmission | 5 September 2006 at 6:48 am #

    t rex was the bees knees, i always get a smile when i think of the show he hosted on tv called marc, he was always so smashed, on one episode he had as a guest band, hawkwind, with robert calvert, they sang ‘spirit of the age’ ohh it was wonderful, i have such a vivid memory of calvert dressed in a WW1 flying outfit with a stuffed hawk upon his shoulder, bolan introduced them as, ‘the hawks.’
    a week later it was that shambolic duet with bowie, they got about 1 min into this very cool tune and marc tripped over and the bbc went straight into the credits cos they was so pissed. you could hear them both laughing. a week later he died.

  47. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 5 September 2006 at 8:50 am #

    “Marc Bolan” by SK

  48. avatar
    xanthus | 24 September 2006 at 2:13 pm #

    We actors don’t get a lot of swimming pool chemicals till we get “really” famous – but we live and breathe our swimming pool chemicals regardless. swimming pool chemicals

  49. avatar
    James Baker | 29 September 2006 at 9:11 pm #

    I am here because of search results for blogs with a related topic to mine.
    Please,accept my congratulations for your excellent work!
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    Come and check it out if you get time 🙂
    Best regards!

  50. avatar
    hoorhuslu | 24 November 2006 at 1:42 am #

    Interesting blog about home jacuzzi, keep up the good work home jacuzzi

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2007 at 11:57 pm #

    Interesting to read your thoughts about Marc Bolan. I think you pretty much summed him up – good and bad.

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