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  • May 2024: Volume 24 - Issue 5

    newHickLogoNewsletter for the Alumni and Friends of Hicksville High School - Hicksville, New York

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Hicksville's Own: The James Thom Thing

The editors learned about The James Thom Thing from a Facebook post with a link to their new Valentine's song, Our Time.

The James Thom Thing, formerly known as The Fanatics, include Singer/Songwriter James Thom Cafiero (Class of ’73) on vocals, guitar, and keyboards, Rob Plotsky (Class of 72) on guitar and vocals and Rich Hanson (Class of '73) on bass guitar and vocals. Their debut EP as The Fanatics featured the songs “Barbed Wire,” “Magazine Woman,” and “Dr. Nylon”. These songs appeared on many college and East Coast radio charts. The song “Barbed Wire” also appeared on the first WBAB Homegrown Lin addition to runner up Screamer of the Week on WLIR.

JTTThe James Thom Thing - Rich Hanson, James Thom Cafiero, Rob Plotsky

They performed at many top NYC venues such as CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, Trax, Heat, Bonds, SNAFU, and on Long Island at My Father’s Place, Malibu, Hammerheads, and Spit. The band opened for many national artists, including Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, at the Calderone Concert Hall. The band's second EP, “Everything Right Goes Wrong,” which was distributed worldwide, contained the songs “Everything Right Goes Wrong," ”Endgame,” and  ”I Can’t Control Myself.” 

Later, they became known as “The James Thom Thing” and continued performing their original music in Manhattan at venues such as The Hard Rock Café and The Downtime. During this time, they released their 14-song CD entitled “What Is This Thing Called Tom?” which appeared on many independent and top 40 radio charts nationwide. The single from the CD, “The Canvas That We Weave,” reached No. 9 on the adult contemporary radio charts in Hawaii.

The James Thom Thing continues to release original music with an eclectic style and ear-catching melodies and is available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, YouTube, and Amazon Music, among many other digital platforms.


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Venues: My Father's Place, Roslyn NY; The Hard Rock Café; Manhattan- Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY

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