Valentine to the Future

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REVIEW in THE NOISE Music New England
Tom Hauck’s latest is a mostly solid block of superbly accomplished songs which would sound even better with a more skillfully variegated vocal mix. I’d love to hear some cover versions of just about all of these songs, which offer up an amazing amalgamation of diverse garage styles. Opener “Shining Star” has a decided bite, as though ZZ Top were composing an acid garage punk anthem. “Ancient History” is a sneering sing-song punk anthem ala Joan Jett, with superadded wild guitar riffage. “Lonelyhearts” is a new wave anti-love song worthy of the Buzzcocks, what with its pulsing declamatory feel. “Plastic Heart” reminds me of an uncharacteristically uptempo Black Sabbath, while “I Got Up” is reminiscent of classic proto-punk such as “Talk Talk” by the Music Machine. “Poison Tea” reminds me of the Turbines with a decidedly nasty edge and enjoyably skewed lyrics. “Work Together” is a choppy declamatory punctuated by some appealing minimalist guitar licks. “Love Me Tender” is an entertaining Elvis riff whose chief charm is its brevity. “No Rest for the Weary” is another sing-songy new wave rave-up punctuated by a telegraphic guitar riff; “Racing the Sun” reminds me a bit of early XTC with the twee melodicism of Queen and another inimitable guitar line. If anything, the final track encapsulates the remarkable diversity of this admirable collection. A genuine keeper. One of the best collections of the year. (Francis DiMenno)

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released March 20, 2014

Tom Hauck: songs, instruments, voices
Produced by Tom Hauck and Warren Babson
at Bang A Song, Gloucester, MA USA
Mixed by Warren Babsan
Recording engineer: Jen Morrison
Guardian Angel: Tony Goddess

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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: No Rest For the Weary
Words and music copyright 2014 Thomas Hauck / Olex Music (ASCAP)

There’s no rest for the weary
The heavy load I carry
Pushes down on me
Down down down to the ground

The sun comes up the sun goes round
I’m counting down my time
If I can’t make something good
Then life ain’t worth a dime

There’s trouble coming every day
Walkin’ right beside me
Go find someone else I say
I’m poor but I’m still free

There’s no rest for the weary
The heavy load I carry
Pushes down on me
Down down down to the ground

I ain’t one to mope and cry
Ain’t nobody’s fault but mine
My back is strong so load me up
I’ll get along just fine

If you want to lend a hand
My friend I won’t refuse
If you want to pass me by
I’m accustomed to bad news

Well there’s no rest for the weary
The heavy load I carry
Pushes down on me
Down down down to the ground
Track Name: Ancient History
F the way it used to be
It’s all ancient history
Yesterday is gone away
It’s nothin but a memory

F the way it used to be
It’s all ancient history
Yesterday is gone away
It’s nothin but a memory

Mama used to tell me
Bout the good old days
When everything was perfect
In every single way

The grass was always green
The sky was always blue
The sun was always shining
On Titanic’s noble crew

Say goodbye to yesterday
It’s time to turn the page
We are living for today
Celebrate our golden age

F the way it used to be
It’s all ancient history
Yesterday is gone away
It’s nothin but a memory

Hippies with their flowers
And punks in safety pins
Transform into lawyers
And bankers drinking gin


How can you look forward
When you’re looking back
You’re lying with your head
Across the railroad track

Say goodbye to yesterday
It’s time to turn the page
We are living for today
Celebrate our golden age
Say goodbye to yesterday
It’s / time to turn the page
We are living for today
Celebrate our golden age

F the way it used
It’s all ancient history
Yesterday is gone away
It’s nothin but a memory

Listen baby facts are facts
Tune into reality
We are never going back
Back to ancient history

It’s the only way

Say goodbye to yesterday
It’s time to turn the page
We are living for today
Celebrate our golden age
Track Name: Plastic Heart
Plastic Heart
Words and lyrics © 2014 Thomas Hauck / Olex Music

Everytime I kiss her she just turns her head away
Everytime I gotta work she wants to go and play
Everytime I want her she pretends she doesn’t see
Everytime I leave her she comes runnin back to me

I got a girl with a plastic heart
She doesn’t love me
She just plays the part

She could tell me blue was red and never blink an eye
Tell me I’m her everything until she says goodbye
After midnight when I’m sitting on my lonely bed
Double whisky doesn’t ease the aching in my head

I got a girl with a plastic heart
She doesn’t love me
She just plays the part

She knows that I will always be around
I’ll be here to pick her off the ground
She’s my girl to the end of time
She’s got a plastic heart and she makes me feel so fine

gotta have her
gotta hold her
To the day I pull the plug on her oh yeah

I got a girl with a plastic heart
She doesn’t love me
She plays the part

Can’t say goodbye
She’s got my soul
We’re locked together
We’re inseparable

She knows that I will always be around
I’ll be here to pick her off the ground
She’s my girl to the end of time
She’s got a plastic heart and she makes me feel so fine

gotta have her
gotta hold her
Till the day I pull the plug on her

I got a girl with a plastic heart
She doesn’t love me
She just plays the part

Can’t say goodbye
She’s got my soul
We’re locked together
We’re inseparable
Track Name: Poison Tea
Poison Tea
Words and lyrics © 2014 Thomas Hauck / Olex Music

Sara came from the land of snow
Preaching guns and butter
Let’s turn back the clock she said
I like the past much better

Everything was simple then
The rules were plain to see
I got mine and you got yours
There was no inequality

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Lies all lies
Are what she says to me
I won’t eat her bitter bread
Or drink her poison tea

Teddy rode a longhorn steer
Charging and a buckin’
With a Facebook friend in Jesus
And a copy of the Constitution

I like men in powdered wigs
Says Teddy with a drawl
Cause they’re all dead and buried
They can’t argue back at all

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Lies all lies
Are what he says to me
I won’t eat his bitter bread
Or drink his poison tea

Dave and Charlie count their cash
They love that legal tender
They’ve got hatred in their hearts
For the people’s strange new leader

He / ain’t like us they whisper loud
While giving bags of gold
To back room boys who load their guns
Against imagined foes

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Lies all lies
Are what they say to me
I won’t eat their bitter bread
Or drink their poison tea

In the halls of Washington
And on Main Street USA
They spread their paranoia
Like it’s nineteen fifty eight

They preach against their enemies
Who come from distant shores
With loaded guns they’re waiting
For the knock upon the door

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Lies all lies
Are what they say to me
I won’t eat their bitter bread
Or drink their poison tea
Track Name: White Widow Spider
White Widow Spider
Words and lyrics © 2014 Thomas Hauck / Olex Music

I was in my garden
Watching my TV
When I changed the channel
She was staring down at me

Here she comes
White widow spider
Dropping down
Her silken thread
Gonna tell
White widow spider
Go back home
Or I’ll smite you dead

I was in my living room
Playing my Nintendo
When I got to level ten
She was climbing through my window

Here she comes
White widow spider
Dropping down
Her silken thread
Gonna tell
White widow spider
Go back home
Or I’ll smite you dead

You and I will never be the same
We will always play a different game
When I see blue sky you see rain
When I am happy you feel only pain

White Widow Spider

I sailed across the ocean
A thousand miles or more
And when we dropped the anchor
She was waiting on the shore

You and I will never be the same
We will always play a different game
When I see blue sky you see rain
When I am happy you feel only pain

Here she comes
White widow spider
blazing eyes
burn hot and red
Gonna tell
White widow spider
Go back home
Or I’ll smite you dead
Track Name: Round & Round
Round and Round
Words and lyrics © 2014 Thomas Hauck / Olex Music

I don’t care about Donald’s hair
Don’t tell me about Lindsay’s pills
Never mind what Gaga wears
I got no business but my own

I tune out what Idol sings
TMZ ain’t mine to give
Don’t read People Magazine
I got no business but my own

Too much in my brain
It doesn’t entertain
I got mouths to feed
It makes my eardrums

Bleed Set me /free Let me /see What I can /be

I don’t care about Oprah’s money
Or the cars she gives away
Don’t know any Playboy bunnies
I got no business but my own

I will take my TV set
Throw it in the deep blue sea
Rid my mind of all the voices
I just got my life to live

Too much in my brain
It doesn’t entertain
I got mouths to feed
It makes my eardrums
Bleed Set me free Let me see What I can be

It goes round and round
It goes round and round
Track Name: Work Together
Work Together
Words and lyrics © 2014 Thomas Hauck / Olex Music

You think that I don’t care
About us being broken
I think that you’re unfair
C’mon now let’s work together

Every day we’re fighting
About some little nothing
It’s too exasperating
C’mon now let’s work together

It’s not hard to see when trouble comes our way
The door is slamming shut just like a prison cell
You tell your friends that I am like a solid rock
I think that you are underneath a witch’s spell yeah

You got your founding fathers
Rolling in their coffins
They couldn’t do much better
C’mon now let’s work together

The map you got is ancient
Can’t give us information
To get tomorrow’s station
C’mon now let’s work together

Can’t you see how long a way we both have come
Since those days of men and women livin’ in chains
I can’t understand tomorrow being such a fright
All we gotta do is use our brains

Walk with me now
Talk to me now
Don’t tell me how
Let’s try to get along

Don’t forget the friends who are depending on us
To figure out the way we ought to go
No/body can afford to keep on messing up
Be/fore you blow your top just take it slow

Walk with me now
Talk to me now
Don’t tell me how
Let’s try to get along

The clock is tickin baby
Don’t do nothing crazy
Your argument is hazy
C’mon now let’s work together

Give me one more chance
And listen to my reasons
I’m sure you’ll change your stance
C’mon now let’s work together
Track Name: Racing the Sun
Racing the Sun
Words and lyrics © 2014 Thomas Hauck / Olex Music

When I was a boy
Life seemed so simple then
My days could last forever
And time was quick to spend
The road stretched out before me
Across the blue horizon
The race⎯I didn’t care
If I lost or if I won

I’m racing the sun across the empty sky
The time growing shorter never asking why
Too much left undone and there’s nothing left to prove
I’m never standing still I always gotta move

Counting my accomplishments
Doesn’t take too long
Maybe they’re a symphony
Or maybe just one song
Castles floating in the air
Or a single stubborn stone
Whatever they may be
I’m born and die alone

I’m racing the sun across the empty sky
The time growing shorter never asking why
Too much left undone and there’s nothing left to prove
I’m never standing still I always gotta move

I ain’t gonna cause a big sensation
For me the world has shown no expectation

When I stop to think about
Where I’m going next
I shrug my shoulders take my pen
And write another check
Another bill is coming due
But paying I don’t mind
Once there was a day
I didn’t have a dime

I’m racing the sun across the empty sky
The time growing shorter never asking why
Too much left undone and there’s nothing left to prove
I’m never standing still I always gotta move