Straight Shots

by Telamor

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REVIEW in THE NOISE Music New England:
Telamor is Tom Hauck. His name may not ring a bell but his Boston-rock legacy surely will. Tom was a founding member of the legendary pop/punk band, The Atlantics in the late ’70s, and of the local synth/pop hit-makers, Ball & Pivot in the ’80s.

Tom’s return to the studio finds him traveling in a completely different direction, but one that is at least as interesting as either of his former projects. In Telamor Tom’s vocals are an amalgam of the B-52’s Fred Schneider and Weird Al Yankovic. But wait… read on… that combination may sound like the musical equivalent of a dentist’s drill but, I assure you, strangely, it’s a combination that works.

Straight Shots is filled with great songs that are all over the musical board. The first three tracks are nods to the early ’80s Boston underground. Jangly guitars fill these blues-based rock tunes. Suddenly, four tracks in, “We Got What It Takes” is a hard right turn into white-boy hip hop. Tom raps over what sounds suspiciously like the hook from Billy Squier’s “The Stroke.”

Mid-album, Telamor knocks off a couple of odd-choice covers. First is The Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes.” In Tom’s hands the classic Lou Reed ballad becomes a Johnny Cash tempo’d piano tune. Their traditional takes on Robert Johnson’s “Kind Hearted Woman” and “Crossroad Blues” take on a new patina when filtered through Tom’s nasal vocals and Telamor’s treble-y guitars.

Weird Al is in full force on the closing track, “Midnight at the Drive-Thru Window,” a fast-food hip-hop screed that brings to mind Al’s “Beat It” parody, “Eat It.” (George Dow)

REVIEW in THE NOISE Music New England
“Every normal man,” said H.L. Mencken, “must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” Quite so. The opening track, “To the Barricades,” doesn’t have the same anthemic power as, say, Steppenwolf’s “Monster,” though one has to admire the quixotic impulse behind this genuinely frustrated rant. This 2014 collection by Tom Hauck, formerly of The Atlantics and Ball & Pivot, has at least a few smart, conventional rock songs. Here we find a song like “She’s Bad,” which conforms so well to the standard rock template that it approaches the canonical. “Nowhere to Hide” is picture-perfect proto punk rock in the Pebbles/ Nuggets mode. “I Ain’t Superstitious” is full of sneering attitude on top of an angular riff: “I went to the fortune teller/ She said ‘Your future’s all used up.” Even the riff on the ill-advised foray into rap, “We Got What It Takes,” approaches the monumental. (Francis DiMenno)

Review in Babysue.com, June 2016:
Telamor - Telamor 3 (CD, Olex Music, Underground pop), Straight Shots (CD, Olex Music, Underground pop)
Telamor is the one man recording project created by Tom Hauck. (A few guest artists lend their help but this is mostly a one man show.) If you liked the sound of underground recording artists before digital recording made everything sound too sterile and generic, you might want consider checking out this guy's stuff. Hauck writes and records underground pop that's a far cry from what people are listening to in 2016. This isn't retro or vintage music, it's just...different. For the most part, this music just sounds like someone having a helluva time in their home recording studio. Although the sound here reminds us of different bands we've heard, it's kinda difficult coming up with any obvious comparisons. We always appreciate it when folks have the right motivation. And on these albums, Mr. Hauck most certain does. Our favorite cuts include "Leap of Faith," "Better Day," "We Got What It Takes," and "Sophisticated Lady."

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released October 20, 2014

Tom Hauck – Songs, all instruments, voices
Except on 3, 4, 5, 6:
Tony Goddess – bass, John Lynch – drums
Produced by Tom Hauck and Warren Babson
at Bang A Song, Gloucester, MA USA.
Mixed by Warren Babson.
Songs written by Thomas Hauck (Olex Music, ASCAP)
Except "Pale Blue Eyes" (Lou Reed) and “Kind Hearted Woman / Cross Road Blues" (Robert Johnson)

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Telamor Gloucester, Massachusetts

Since 2014, reclusive Boston rock veteran Tom Hauck has been recording new music under the name Telamor and distributing it to a small circle of friends and fans. Propelled by Tom's distinctive vocals, with its 1980s throwback rock sound Telamor reaches for the stars and gets down in the dirt.
Telamor is Tom Hauck (tracks) with Warren Babson (producing, mixing) and Tony Goddess (guardian angel).
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Track Name: Kind-Hearted Woman / Cross Road Blues
Kind Hearted Woman / Cross Road Blues
Words and music by Robert Johnson (King of Spades Music)

I got a kind hearted woman, do anything in the world for me
Got a kind hearted woman, do anything in the world for me
But those evil hearted women they will not let me be

I love my baby But my baby don’t love me
I love my baby But my baby don’t love me
I really love that woman Can’t stand to leave her be

She’s a kindhearted woman she studies evil all the time
She’s a kindhearted woman she studies evil all the time
You gonna to kill me baby Just to have it on your mind

Someday someday I will shake your hand goodbye
Someday someday I will shake your hand goodbye
Can’t give you any more of my loving cause I can’t be satisfied

I went to the cross road, fell down on my knees
I went to the cross road, fell down on my knees
Asked the lord above for mercy, save poor Bob, if you please

The sun goin’ down, I looked east and I looked west
The sun goin’ down, I looked east and I looked west
I ain’t got no sweet woman to help me in my distress

Standin’ at the cross road, I tried to flag a ride
Standin’ at the cross road, I tried to flag a ride
Didn’t nobody seem to know me, everybody just pass me by

You can run, you can run, tell my friend ol’ Willie Brown
You can run, tell my friend ol’ Willie Brown
I’m standin’ at the cross road, I believe I’m sinkin’ down
Track Name: Pale Blue Eyes
Pale Blue Eyes
Words and music by Lou Reed (Sony/ATV Music)

Sometimes I feel so happy
Sometimes I feel so sad
Sometimes I feel so happy
But mostly you just make me mad

Linger on your pale blue eyes
Linger on your pale blue eyes

Thought of you as my mountain top
Thought of you as my peak
A thought of you as everything
I've had, but couldn't keep

Linger on your pale blue eyes
Linger on your pale blue eyes

If I could make the world as pure
And strange as what I see
I'd put you in a mirror
I'd put in front of me

Linger on your pale blue eyes
Linger on your pale blue eyes

Skip a life completely
Stuff it in a cup
They said, Money is like us in time
It lies, but can't stand up
Down for you is up

Linger on your pale blue eyes
Linger on your pale blue eyes
Track Name: Beautiful Obsession
Beautiful Obsession
Music and lyrics by Thomas Hauck
© 2014 Olex Music / ASCAP

I walked into the club that night with nothing on my mind
Just hangin out to feel the vibe and tryin to unwind
When I saw you standin by the bar my life was changed
My cool evaporated to a passion new and strange

Beautiful obsession
I give you my confession
I love to turn you on
You know it can’t be wrong
I love you my beautiful obsession

Before we met there was no woman who could tie me down
My heart was cold I felt no love to misery I was bound
You ignited fire in me and I the same in you
Together baby we can make a stormy sky turn blue

My friends all say I’m crazy and I cannot disagree
You got some kind of super sonic magic hold on me
Ask me how I feel and I say like a millionaire
I know that when the curtain falls on me that you’ll be there
Track Name: Blue Angel
Blue Angel
Music and lyrics by Thomas Hauck
© 2014 Olex Music / ASCAP

I was dreaming I was drowning in a bottomless lagoon
The sun was out of sight and I couldn't see the moon
The water closed around me and the tide pulled me away
And I tried to say your name but my mouth was filled with clay

My blue angel
Dry your tears and smile once more for me
Tomorrow is all we need
Together we can watch the sunrise o’er the sea

I look at my walls and I want to paint them white
Take a photograph of starry skies and keep in my sight
I want to give you rows of trees and the sound of a sandy beach
The summer fades away but I give you the stars to reac

Some will try to catch you, some will run in fright
The lucky ones see the day and the others see your night
Run, run with me
Run, run with me

I was thinking about the time I ran into the cold
The snowflakes filled my eyes and my spirit was getting old
You didn't try to stop me you knew I'd never be the same
And I cry out at night, grabbing nothing I call your name

Run, run with me
Run, run with me

My blue angel
Dry your tears and smile once more for me
Yesterday is fading
Together we can watch the sunrise o’er the sea
Track Name: I Ain't Superstitious
I Ain’t Superstitious
Music and lyrics by Thomas Hauck
© 2014 Olex Music / ASCAP

When I go away won’t you forget my name
When I go away won’t you forget my name

There’s a bad sign in the sky
You know I’m gonna leave you
Got a pain down in my heart
You know I’m gonna leave you

Someday soon
The river’s gonna rise
Gonna wash everything away
Someday soon
The river’s gonna rise
Gonna wash everything away

I ain’t superstitious but tonight the moon is rising red
I ain’t superstitious but tonight the moon is rising red

There’s a bad sign in the sky
You know I’m gonna leave you
Got a pain down in my heart
You know I’m gonna leave you

Someday soon
The river’s gonna rise
Gonna wash everything away
Someday soon
The river’s gonna rise
Gonna wash everything away

I went to the fortune teller, she said I don’t see anything
I went to the fortune teller, she said your future is all used up
She said your future is all used up

There’s a bad sign in the sky
You know I’m gonna leave you
Got a pain down in my heart
You know I’m gonna leave you

Someday soon
The river’s gonna rise
Gonna wash everything away
Someday soon
The river’s gonna rise
Gonna wash everything away

Numbered be our days our days are numbered
Track Name: Nowhere to Hide
Nowhere to Hide
Music and lyrics by Thomas Hauck
© 2014 Olex Music / ASCAP

I'm the monster living in the corner of your brain
I don't get no satisfaction till I give you pain
Look at me I'm ready to blow
Dressed up I got nowhere to go
Feel my skin crawling like a snake
I got teeth like a vampire stake

You can run run run away
There's nowhere to hide
I'll be with you till break of day
There’s nowhere to hide

You can't get me off your mind though you try and try
Cause there ain't no one immune to that black widow bite
Poison kisses run in my veins
And on my heart is a permanent stain
I can make the moon turn red
I can put stars in your head

Close your eyes and I come alive
I'm your husband and your wife
Buried deep in your memory
I'm the animal you want to be

You better lock me up you better throw away the key
You'll never be rid of me
Track Name: Sophisticated Lady
Sophisticated Lady
Music and lyrics by Thomas Hauck
© 2014 Olex Music / ASCAP

Sophisticated lady
The world is at your fingertips
They say you’ve got the famous face
That launched a thousand ships

Sophisticated lady
You're in a world of diamond lights
Glittering and radiant
A garden of delights

You got no expectations
No particular place to be
You always go where you wanna go
As long as you are free

Sophisticated lady
Like a bird that’s taken flight
Soaring high into the sky
Till you’re out of sight

But sometimes life is hard
You don’t let it show
Haters can be cruel
You just got to let it go

Sophisticated lady
Like an actor playin a part
Give them what they want but you
can't hide a broken heart

Could they see reality
The secret private pain
When the walls come tumbling down
You’re lying in the rain

Sophisticated lady
What’s the price you have to pay
For keeping up appearances
And doing it your way

You can’t afford to stumble
Behind you the hungry pack
Running fast they can’t keep up
But you better not look back

Sophisticated lady
I’ll be here to catch your fall
I’ll put you on your feet again
When you need me you just call
Track Name: We Got What It Takes
We Got What It Takes
Music and lyrics by Thomas Hauck
© 2014 Olex Music / ASCAP

We got what it takes! Yeah, we got what it takes!
We got what it takes! Yeah, we got what it takes!
We got what it takes! Yeah, we got what it takes!
WE - GOT - WHAT IT TAKES!

We take no silver, take no bronze
We only play for gold
When history is carved in rock
Our stories will be told
We can roll with the very best
We ain’t gonna fake
Yeah tell you all you need to know
We got what it takes

Don’t mess with us cause we ain’t lyin
I’ll tell it to you straight
When it’s time to step it up
We will not hesitate
C’mon baby bring it on
We’ll go for all nine rounds
Nobody gets the best of us
We’re winners pound for pound

All for one and one for all
That’s the way we roll
Never gonna give it up
Till we reach our goal

Ain’t no reason to be modest
It’s reality
Our game is good it’s never better
Victory is destiny
We will give you what you want
and keep you satisfied
Together we can rise above
And reach up to the sky

We got what it takes!
Yeah, we got what it takes!
We got what it takes!
Yeah, we got what it takes!
We got what it takes!
Yeah, we got what it takes!
WE - GOT - WHAT IT TAKES!