Teapacks

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Teapacks (טיפקס)
Teapacks Eurovision 2007.jpg
Teapacks in Eurovision 2007
Background information
Also known as HaHotzaa LePoel (1988-1990)
Tipex (1990-1995)
Origin Sderot, Israel
Genres Rock, Pop, Mizrahi
Years active 1988-2009; 2013-present
Labels Hed-Arzi, Helicon, Anana
Website http://www.facebook.com/teapacks
Members Kobi Oz
Ram Yosifov
Gal Peremen
Tamir Yemini
Shahar Yampolsky
Noam Chen
Adam Mader
Sefi Asfuri-Hirsch
Danielle Krief
Past members Einav Cohen
Yoav Nagar
Avinoam Marton
Dani Aberjel
Moti Yosef
Noam Yankelevich
Meir Amar
Vocalist Kobi Oz and guitarist Rami Yosifov (hidden behind Oz) performing on Students Day at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 21 May 1997

Teapacks (also known as Tipex) (Hebrew: טיפקס‎‎) is an Israeli band that formed in 1988 as HaHotzaa La'Poal (Hebrew: ההוצאה לפועל‎‎, The Executioner) in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. Originally the band was named after the correction fluid Tipp-Ex, but in 1995 the transliteration was changed so as not to infringe on the well-known brand, while keeping the pronunciation and spelling in Hebrew the same.

Each member of the band has a diverse background, and as a whole the band has Tunisian, Moroccan, Bulgarian, 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.

History[edit]

Early years: 1988-1994[edit]

HaHotzaa LaPoal began in 1988 when vocalist/keyboardist Kobi Oz and bassist Gal Peremen met at a kibbutz in southern Israel. They began playing songs written by Oz and were soon joined by guitarist Einav Cohen and drummer Tamir Yemini. The group held their first concert at Kibbutz Dorot in 1988.[1] In 1989, Yemini left HaHotzaa LaPoal and was replaced by Yoav Nagar. In late 1989, the group changed their name to Tipex.

In September 1990, the band, comprising Oz, Peremen, Cohen and Nagar, recorded two songs, "Haavel" (The Injustice) and "Boi elai" (Come Here). At the end of that year, Cohen left Tipex and was replaced by Rami Yosifov. To this day, Oz, Peremen and Yosifov remain the sole constant members of the band since 1991 and are often identified with the band. In 1991, Nagar left the group and was replaced by Avinoam Marton. This lineup released their debut album Shvil klipot hagarinim in September 1992, featuring the hit single "Harabi Joe Capara" (Rabbi Joe Capara). They were midway through recording the followup, Haacharon baasiron hatachton (The Last of the Lower Class), when Yemini returned to the band, replacing Marton. The album was released in November 1993 featuring the hits "Betoch niyar eiton" (Rolled Up in a Newspaper), "Zmanim ktanim" (Small Times) and "Anana" (Cloud).

First success and departure of Yemini: 1995-1998[edit]

In 1995, the group renamed themselves initially to Tea Packs in order to avoid copyright issues with the owners of the Tipp-Ex brand and released their third album, Hachaim shelcha belafa (Your Life in a Lapha). It featured the singles "Ma asit?" (What Have You Done?), "Yesh li chavera" (I Have a Girlfriend), "Vehapam shir ahava" (Yet Another Love Song) and "Hatachana hayeshana" (The Old Station). The following year, the group recorded the soundtrack to the hit comedy film Dogs are Colour Blind. Oz also shaved his head.

Neshika ladod, the group's fifth album, was released in 1997, featuring the singles "Lama halacht mimenu" (Why Did You Leave Me?, a duet with the then-unknown Sarit Hadad), "Stam" (Simply) and "Eize olam" (What a World). Yemini left the group after the tour to support the album. He was replaced with Motti Yosef. The group also took on Dani Aberjel as second guitarist, Noam Yankelevich as keyboardist and Meir "Big M" Amar as DJ, sampler and sound engineer. This is the lineup of Teapacks most recognised outside Israel, since they performed at Eurovision 2007.

Later years: 1999-2007[edit]

The first release with this lineup was "Disko menayak" (Police Disco), with the hits "Sami veSomo" (Sami and Somo), "Shalosh balayla" (3 in the Morning) and "Kshani eitcha ani kemo dag" (When I'm With You I'm Like a Fish". In 2001, they released Yoshvim bebeit kafe (Sitting in a Cafe), from which the title track and "Kemo lifnei 20 shana" (Like It Was 20 Years Ago) were released as singles.

In June 2003, Teapacks released the single "Rikudei amba" (Amba Dancing - a parody of the rikudei am dances popular in Israel) and their greatest hits album Kol halehitim, featuring a bonus disc Haosef Haalternateapacks containing seven songs from the "Rikudei amba" sessions and five remixes. Kol halehitim also featured a cover of the Israeli national anthem Hatikva, performed with Sarit Hadad. A Russian version of "Rikudei amba", "Tantsuyem amba", was also recorded.

In 2005, the group released the non-album single "Sof hashavua masiba" (Weekend Party). The following year, they released the album Radio/Musika/Ivrit (either "Radio/Music/Hebrew" or "Radio Hebrew Music"), featuring the single "Kluv shel zahav". The song "Hora nadlanim' (Real Estate Agent's Hora) was also translated into English and released as "Money Trees Forever".

Eurovision and breakup: 2007-2009[edit]

On 7 January 2007, Teapacks were internally selected by IBA's Eurovision Committee to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Helsinki, Finland. On 27 February 2007, Teapacks performed four songs, "Push the Button", "Salam Salami", "12 Points" and "Voulez Vous", in a TV special. "Push the Button" was chosen as the Israeli entry for the 2007 Eurovision Contest by popular vote.[2]

The band performed "Push the Button" at the Eurovision Semi Finals on 10 May 2007, but it failed to qualify for the finals. The song was controversial because of references to Iran and nuclear war.[3]

Teapacks officially disbanded on 1 January 2009. In an interview with Mako on 10 November 2008, Oz stated that the three constant members (himself, Yosifov and Peremen) had become tired of working together.[4] During their breakup, Oz released two solo albums, Mizmorei nevochim (Psalms for the Perplexed) and Mizmorim nosafim (More Psalms), while Yosifov concentrated on teaching guitar and collaborating with Moran Cohen-Talmor on several albums.

Reunion and return of Yemini: 2014-present[edit]

In 2014, Teapacks reformed and began to tour. Their latest album, Avodat kapayim (Manual Labour), was released in September 2016, preceded by the singles "Mi haprovintsial" (What's With the Provincial), "Tsemed ayalot" (Two Deer), "Layla layla tov (Good Night, Good Night), "Avodat kapayim" and "Lo haya lano klum" (We Had Nothing). Yemini also returned to Teapacks, but during his time away from them, he had become an Orthodox Jew. Oz explained in an interview with Israel Hayom the rabbinical hoops the band had to jump through to keep performing with Yemini.[5] The live show since 2014 features a PowerPoint presentation with the lyrics running behind the band, synced with the songs. This is a habit Oz brought to the group from his solo work.

A website called ooooiiii.com, featuring the chorus of "Harabi Joe Capara" on a loop, was created in 2006 and became popular in 2011 after being featured on Vsauce.[6]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 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
  • Radio Musica Ivrit (Radio Hebrew Music) - 2006
  • Avodat Kapayim (Manual Labour) - 2016

Compilations[edit]

  • Kol Halehitim (Hit Collection) - 2003
  • Haosef Haromanti (Romantic Collection) - 2010

Singles[edit]

  • Harabi Joe Capara - 1992
  • Betoch niyar iton - 1993
  • Zmanim ktanim - 1994
  • Ma asit? - 1995
  • Yesh li chavera - 1995
  • Vehapam shir ahava - 1995
  • Gever romanti - 1996
  • Eize olam - 1997
  • Lama halacht mimenu feat. Sarit Hadad - 1997
  • Stam - 1997
  • Sami ve Somo - 1999
  • Shalosh balayla - 1999
  • Kshani eitcha ani kemo dag - 2000
  • Yoshvim bebeit kafe - 2001
  • Kmo lifnei esrim shana - 2001
  • Rikudei amba - 2003
  • Sof hashavua masiba - 2005
  • Kluv shel zahav - 2006
  • Push the Button - 2007
  • Mi haprovintsial - 2016
  • Tsemed aylot - 2016
  • Layla layla tov - 2016
  • Ma iti? - 2016
  • Avodat kapayim - 2016
  • Lo haya lano klum - 2016

Music videos[edit]

  • Harabi Joe Capara (early demo from 1991)
  • Harabi Joe Capara
  • Betoch niyar iton
  • Ma asit?
  • Yesh li chavera
  • Vehapam shir ahava
  • Eize olam
  • Lama halacht mimenu
  • Stam
  • Sami ve Somo
  • Yoshvim bebeit kafe
  • Kmo lifnei esrim shana
  • Rikudei amba
  • Push the Button
  • Mi haprovintsial
  • Layla layla tov (lyric video)
  • Ma iti?
  • Avodat kapayim

Personnel[edit]

Current lineup[edit]

  • Kobi Oz - lead vocals (1988–present), keyboards (1988-1990)
  • Ram Yosifov - guitar, mandolin, backing vocals (1990–present)
  • Gal Peremen - bass, backing vocals (1988–present)
  • Tamir Yemini - drums, backing vocals (1988-1989, 1993-1997, 2014–present)
  • Shahar Yampolsky - keyboards, acoustic guitar (2014–present)
  • Danielle Krief - backing vocals (2014-present)
  • Adam Mader - whistle, trumpet, (2014-present)
  • Sefi Hirsch - violin (2014-present)
  • Noam Chen - drums (2014-present)

Past members[edit]

  • Einav Cohen - guitar (1988-1990)
  • Yoav Nagar - drums (1990-1991)
  • Avinoam Marton - drums (1991-1993)
  • Dani Aberjel - guitar (1998-2009)
  • Moti Yosef - drums (1998-2009)
  • Noam Yankelevich - keyboards (1998-2009)
  • Meir Amar - DJ, sound effects, samples, backing vocals (1998-2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://esctoday.com/7820/israel_teapacks_with_push_the_button
  2. ^ Eurovil Website (8 March 2007). "The Official Israeli Eurovision Website" (in Hebrew). IBA. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  3. ^ The Associated Press (1 March 2007). "Eurovision may ban Israeli entry due to lyrics on nuclear war". Ha'aretz. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  4. ^ http://www.mako.co.il/music-news/local/Article-b83c164f2428d11004.htm
  5. ^ http://www.israelhayom.co.il/article/404889
  6. ^ http://www.ooooiiii.com/

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Eddie Butler
with "Together We Are One"
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
2007
Succeeded by
Boaz
with "The Fire in Your Eyes"