Teapacks in Eurovision 2007
|Genres||Rock, Pop, Mizrahi|
|Years active||1988-present (hiatus 2009-2013)|
|Members||Kobi Oz (lead singing)
Gal Peremen (bass guitar, vocals)
Rami Yosifov (guitar, vocals)
Meir Amar "BIG M" (Soundman)
Motti Yoseff (drums, percussion)
Noam Yankelevich "3KO" (keys, vocals)
Dani Aberjel (guitar)
Teapacks (also known as Tipex) (Hebrew: טיפקס) is an Israeli band that formed in 1988 in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. Originally the band was named after the correction fluid Tipp-Ex, but the name was then changed so as not to infringe on the well-known brand, while keeping the pronunciation in Hebrew the same.
Each member of the band has a diverse background, and as a whole the band has Tunisian, Moroccan, Romanian, Syrian, Polish, Russian, and Yemenite heritage. Teapacks gained popularity by bringing forward traditional Israeli-oriental music combined with light humorous hints. The band leader, Kobi Oz, is well known within Israel for his eccentric looks and style. The band has released seven albums plus a greatest hits collection, which collectively have sold over 300,000 copies. Teapacks has been chosen “Band of the Year” numerous times by Israeli radio stations.
Teapacks began in 1988 when Gal Peremen and Kobi Oz met at a kibbutz in southern Israel. They began playing songs written by Kobi and eventually were joined by current members from the southern city of Sderot and surrounding kibbutzim.
On January 7, 2007, Teapacks was internally selected by IBA's Eurovision Committee to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Helsinki, Finland. On February 27, 2007, Teapacks performed four songs in a TV special, and the song "Push The Button" was chosen as the Israeli entry for the 2007 Eurovision Contest by popular vote. The other three candidates were: Salam Salami , 12 Points , and Voulez Vous . The band performed the song at the Eurovision Semi Finals on May 10, 2007, but it failed to qualify for the finals. "Push the Button (Teapacks song)" was controversial because of references to Iran and nuclear war.
Teapacks officially disbanded on January 1, 2009. In 2013, they reformed and are still performing across Israel.
- Shvil Klipot Hagarinim (The Path of Sunflower Seeds) - 1992
- Ha'acharon Ba'asiron Hatachton (The Last of the Lower Class) - 1993
- Hachaim Shelcha Be'laffa (Your Life in a Laffa) - 1995
- Klavim Lo Novchim Beyarok (Dogs Do Not Bark When There Is Green Light) - 1996 (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Neshika Ladod (A Kiss to the Uncle) - 1997
- Disco Menayak (Pigs Disco) - 1999
- Yoshvim Beveit Caffe (Sitting in a Coffee Shop) - 2001
- Kol Halehitim (Hit Collection) - 2003
- Radio Musica Ivrit (Radio Hebrew Music) - 2006
- Push the Button - 2007
- Haosef Haromanti (Romantic Collection) - 2010
- Eurovil Website (8 March 2007). "The Official Israeli Eurovision Website" (in Hebrew). IBA. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
- The Associated Press (1 March 2007). "Eurovision may ban Israeli entry due to lyrics on nuclear war". Ha'aretz. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Teapacks.|
- Video of song "Push the button"
- Myspace page (English)
- Official website (Hebrew)
- Article about Eurovision selection (English)
|Awards and achievements|
with "Together We Are One"
|Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "The Fire in Your Eyes"