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Let's Get Furious - A Tribute to The Furors
© 2003 Holcomb & Dans

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Let's Get Furious A Tribute to The Furors
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STYLE: Independent mix                      HOME TOWN: New Haven, CT

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Check out The Furors Newest CD release: Heaven
also their CDs:
ECCE FURORS & The Known World

Platter A
                                        Time: 47:27
1. This Is A Desperate Man - The Forgotten Ones
 2. (All I Get Is) Letters - Fran Fried
      & The American People
 3. A Look For The Honey - Mark Mulcahy
 4. Couldn't Pretend - Los Gatos
 5. The Company You Keep - Spike Priggen
 6. Her Other Man - The Survivors
 7. And In The Evening - Kriss Santala
 8. I Love you - Zoul
 9. A Pretty Picture - The Rhythm Methodists
10. I Went Out At Night - The Big Fat Combo
11. Hey Joni - Baby Huey & The Sutfins
12. Love Gets Lost (Between Us) -Dumptruck
13. A Waste Of Time - Hank Hoffman
        w/The Tumbleweed & Maya
14. My Moment Of Valor - The Butterflies Of Love
15. I'm Gonna Try - Doug Bebbington
16. The Measure - Rope
17. Janet Janet - The Absolute Zeros
18. The Only Love - Jedediah Parish
19. A Thing For Blondes - The Manchurians

**BONUS Video of The Furors singing "Hey Joni" from the Red Spot Productions 1983 xmas special.
Platter Z      
                                            Time: 61:09
 1. The Day Is Mine -The Mocking Birds
 2. Obsession -Gone Native
 3. My Shy Superstar -Shellye Valauskas
 4. I Kissed Your Wife - Frank Critelli
 5. Low In Your Mind -The High Lonesome Plains
 6. Help Me -The Danglers
 7. How Pretty You Were When I Cared - The Swaggerts
 8. Daytime Nighttime - ernst. w/Mitch Murray
 9. Don't Tell me where To Stand -The Brockway Skiffs
10. How I'll Die - Larry Loud
11. If It Isn't OneThing - jef
12. Don't Want To Hate You - Forrest Harlow
13. We 51 Say You 49 - The Vultures
14. Lay Me Low - Mad Haleen
15. Shake Yourself Loose - Malcolm Marsden
16. The Ghost Of My Love - The Bret Logan Band
17. Your Turn - The Who Whos
18. On The Industrial Park - Johnny Java w/John L.
19. All Over You In Seconds - The Mess-Ups
ISSUE #51                             July '03

Why would two guys decide to produce a tribute album for a local band by local bands and then spend over a year and a half putting it all together? And who would be interested in it anyway?

For Tom Hearn, what started as a spark of an idea turned into a flame when he teamed up with compatriot Rob DeRosa, owner of ThinManMusic. Soon these New Haven, CT local scene mavens were fanning that flame into a fire that swept through this town and spread across the nation into the cities and states that many New Haven music veterans now call home. Tom’s idea became a roaring wild fire crackling with musical intensity because the band that the tribute was for was The Furors.

The Furors.
A pair of musicians; Derek Holcomb and Tom Dans first teamed up almost 30 years ago to write and record songs, they’ve been playing the New Haven scene for the past 25 years and while they’ve self manufactured many vinyl and CD releases over that time, we can’t say that they ever became a household name. Case in point: This reviewer having been born and raised in New Haven, and being an avid music club patron, while having knowledge of the legendary Furors, had never heard nor seen them until about 2 years ago:

A friend had invited me to a coffee house gig he had booked featuring The Furors doing an acoustic show - not their normal style of playing. The Furors normally play plugged in with Tom on drums, backing vocals and handling any percussion chores that might pop up, while Derek plays guitar and sings, both in a manner that fit the quirky, intelligent pop ditties that make you wonder why the band They Might Be Giants could make a living on songs like these, while The Furors have gone relatively unnoticed during the same time. In this acoustic setting (and my first time seeing/hearing them) I was amazed. Derek played the guitar like a refined lunatic, holding it high on his chest for close intimate sounds, yet thrashing spastically when the punch and oommfff of the song called for it. Singing in altos and falsettos, he would bend and contort his facial muscles to help his voice find the idiosyncratic inflections needed to fit each of the compositions. In contrast, Tom sat behind his drum kit deceivingly stolid-like as he played not only the drums, but such percussion goodies like a toy piano, 5 different pitched bells (I’m sure there’s a technical name for them which I am uneducated on), a penny whistle, New Years Eve noise makers, a miniature gong, castanets, and a host of others with such precision and passion that the music created by the two of them jumped alive and swirled in my head. What seemed like two extremes were actually a team of unparalleled synch; mirroring each other with opposite styles to create a seamless tapestry of musical sound, all stitched together with lyrics of thesis quality depth transposed into 3-minute songs. Needless to say I was hooked.

A few months later I caught The Furors in their more familiar surroundings doing an electric show. While some of the intimacy of the first show suffered slightly, it was easy to see why they still have people coming out to listen to them after 25 years. The show burst with energy, The Furors were on fire with passion and precision once again. None of what I had experienced in the acoustic setting was lost, just exemplified. I understood the timeless appeal and wondered why not only had I missed out on these guys for so long, but why they had never made it out of New Haven.

Perhaps no one can answer that, but Tom Hearn, Rob DeRosa, ThinManMusic, and 38 bands with their roots and hearts in the New Haven CT music scene want to at least let The Furors know that they haven’t gone unnoticed, or unappreciated. These artists have taken the songs of The Furors, and with the same passion and precision, created a double CD that burns with respect and gratitude.

Where do I begin? Platter A? Platter Z?
This is a difficult question at any given time, and the reason I’ve become accustomed to placing both CDs into the player and hitting “random.” With 38 tracks by 38 bands there is something here for everybody, and more. Sure there will be peaks and valleys depending on your own individual tastes, but it’s all well worth the listen. The most amazing thing about this collection (and a characteristic that most audiophiles will affectionately identify with) is the way a particular song or two will hit you and stand out amongst the others, only to find several days later another song or two that stands out and a week later another one, and then another one… If I were to list my favorites I’d have to begin with the first stand outs, then progress on, and on, but that in turn would not do justice to the songs that I have yet to ultimately discover. Sure I’ve listened to them all, but there are still many other gems to unearth. I listen over and over again, and I have my favorites, and my favorite moments where certain instruments/instrumentations stand out, where a line of lyrics hits me and causes me to smile, gleam, or even reflect for a moment, where I’m taken by certain individual artists’ visions and renditions of songs and not only wonder how they came up with these particular arrangements/styles, but also am floored by some of the minute intricacy that they manage to infuse in perfect Furors fashion.

I’m not going to single out tracks or artists, to do so would be to slight someone, and none of these artists deserve that. Because of their respect for The Furors, these fellow artists all went about their individual songs in manners that fit the project, from many of the New Haven “old school” scenesters delivering faithful renditions of their favorite Furors classics, right up to some of the newest bands attempting to establish themselves in the city, who reached into The Furors bag of musical goodies and reinvented the songs into their own musical styles. What we have is a beautiful overview of a music scene that has simmered in the Elm City for over 25 years now. But most of all, we have a testament of the exceptional song writing team of Derek Holcomb and Tom Dans. If success were measured by the adulation and respect of your peers, The Furors would be platinum.

Why would Tom Hearn and Rob DeRosa spend over a year and a half putting all this together?

The Furors, that’s why.

And, who would be interested in it anyway?

Everyone who has ever heard of them, and everyone who has never heard of them.

C’mon, “Let’s Get Furious” (you’ll be glad you did).

Let's Get Furious - A Tribute to The Furors
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Spike Priggen - Web page
The Survivors -
Zoul -
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The Big Fat Combo - Web page
Baby Huey & The Sutfins - Web page
Dumptruck - Web page
The Butterflies Of Love - Web page
Rope -
The Absolute Zeros - Web page
Jedediah Parish - Web page
The Manchurians - Web page - IndepenDisc page
The Mocking Birds - Web page - IndepenDisc page
Shellye Valauskas - Web page
Frank Critelli - Web page - IndepenDisc page
The High Lonesome Plains - Web page - IndepenDisc page
The Swaggerts - Web page - IndepenDisc page
The Vultures -
The Bret Logan Band - Web page - IndepenDisc page
The Who Whos -

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