Straight Shots

by Telamor

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1.
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
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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
3.
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
4.
Blue Angel 03:37
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
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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
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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
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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
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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!

about

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 Boston, Massachusetts

Welcome to my Bandcamp page! Here you'll find all of my latest releases, fan favorites, and deep cuts.

Since 2014, I've been writing and recording a steady stream of alt-rock and acoustic tracks for your listening pleasure.

In the studio, I co-produce with Grammy-nominated Warren Babson, who also handles mixing and mastering. And big thanks to Tony Goddess, guardian angel and guest guitarist.
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