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 bandleader, 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 has sold over , copies.
The band performed "Push the Button" at the Eurovision Semi Finals on 10 May , but it failed to qualify for the finals. The song was controversial because of references to Iran and nuclear war. Teapacks officially disbanded on 1 January In an interview with Mako on 10 November , Oz stated that the three constant members himself, Yosifov and Peremen had become tired of working together.
In , Teapacks reformed and began to tour. Yemini also returned to Teapacks, but during his time away from them, he had become an Orthodox Jew. Due to this, when the video to "Mi haprovintzial" was filmed in February , he was replaced with Motti Yosef. Oz explained in an interview with Israel Hayom the rabbinical hoops the band had to jump through to keep performing with Yemini. This is a habit Oz brought to the group from his solo work - new band members Adam Mader mandolin , Sefi Hirsch violin , Shachar Yampolsky keyboards, acoustic guitar , Danielle Krief backing vocals and Noam Chen percussion all played in Oz' solo band and joined Teapacks in A website called ooooiiii.
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The band leader , Kobi Oz , is well known within Israel for his eccentric looks and style. The band has released eight albums plus a greatest hits collection, which collectively have sold over , copies. 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 December Later that year, the group changed their name to Tipex and released a five-song demo tape. According to Oz, the name symbolized "wip[ing] out differences between people". At the end of that year, Yosifov returned to Tipex, replacing Cohen.
To this day, Oz, Peremen and Yosifov remain the sole constant members of the band since and are often identified with the band. In , Nagar left the group and was replaced by Avinoam Marton. They were midway through recording the followup, Haacharon baasiron hatachton The Last of the Lower Class , when Yemini returned to the band, replacing Marton.
In , the group renamed themselves initially to Tea Packs the space was later dropped , due to Oz finding out that people were using Tipp-Ex fluid as a recreational drug, and released their third album, Hachaim shelcha belafa Your Life in a Lapha.
It featured the singles "Ma asit? 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 , featuring the singles "Lama halacht mimenu" Why Did You Leave Me? Yemini left the group after the tour to support the album. He was replaced with Motti Yosef.
This is the lineup of Teapacks most recognised outside Israel, since they performed at Eurovision In , the band released the non-album single "Avaryan tzatzua" Petty Criminal , a tie-in song to Oz' book of the same name, which was released concurrently with the song. In June , 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 "Avaryan tzatzua", "Kol yom ani kimaat", five more songs from their albums 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, being released for free from the Teapacks website at that time and as a B-side to a promotional single.
In , the group released the non-album single "Sof hashavua masiba" Weekend Party. The band performed "Push the Button" at the Eurovision Semi Finals on 10 May , but it failed to qualify for the finals. The song was controversial because of references to Iran and nuclear war. Teapacks officially disbanded on 1 January In an interview with Mako on 10 November , Oz stated that the three constant members himself, Yosifov and Peremen had become tired of working together.