The music video to the right is hatachana hayeshana (The Old Station), their ode to the old central bus station in Tel Aviv, a place knew more from my summers in Israel in the 80s than from when I actually lived there. Tel Aviv's new bus station (the largest bus station in the world) opened in 1993, and when I spent a month in Israel in 1994 the transition was not yet complete. Everyone was complaining about the poor design of the new station, the confusion caused by having some bus routes at one and some at the other... and missing the character of the old station. It had a lot of "character" :)
That video is also notable for having one of the only sane, valuable comments ever seen on YouTube:
- The chrous means:
- I used to stop at the old station,
and it felt like a different country.
A country whose reality is on hold (or: is waiting)
as the rain falls and the sun burns.
The song is about the old central bus station in Tel-Aviv as a symbol of blue-collar, Mizrahi culture, including references to music and food, poverty, religiosity etc. All of this, in contrast with the rest of the country, supposedly Europeanized and modernized.
Here's an impromptu interview with Oz where he explains other reasons why Push The Button is too weird and chaotic for Eurovision. Some other songs:
- Od Shabat / another Saturday (Hebrew)
- 12 Points (live, Hebrew/English)
- Two songs with Sarit Hadad:
Kshe ani itcha ani kmo dag (When I'm with you I'm like a fish)
& Lama alacht mimeinu (Why did you leave us?)
Now Teapacks is touring in the US!
Unfortunately I missed telling you about the Bay Area shows, and Los Angeles is tonight.
- Los Angeles: Oct 17, 8:30pm, Avalon Hollywood Theatre
Miami: Oct 20, 8:30pm, Dave& Mary Alper JCC
New York: Oct 21, 8:00pm, Highline Ballroom - Oyhoo Festival
Washington DC: Oct 23, 8:00pm, The State Theatre
Cambridge, MA: Oct 24, 8:00pm, Middle East (downstairs)
Ithaca, NY: Oct 25, 8:30pm, Cornell University
north Jersey: Oct 27, 8:30pm, Kaplen JCC, Tenafly NJ
Philadelphia: Oct 28, 8:00pm, The Trocadero Theatre
I'd probably go to several of these, except I'm going to Minneapolis October 24-30, so I'm going to go to New York for the Oyhoo festival.