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History - 1973


After released from the military service, Kaveret was founded, but it was nameless then. The band members were Danny Sanderson, Gidi Gov, Efraim Shamir and Meir Fenigstein. Alon Oleartchik was in the UK and no one knew if he would join when he comes back.

By self financing they recorded the first version of We Didn't Know What To Do (Lo Yadanu Ma La'asot) on March 1973. Danny played the piano, Efraim played the bass guitar.

Danny told Yitzhak Klapter (guitar) about the band and invited him to the rehearsals at his home. Yitzhak came and heard Self Service (Sherut Atzmi), and decided to join the band.

Efraim invited Yonny Rechter (keyboards) whom he knew from a previous band. Yonny was excited by the opera concept, but he didn't know whether to join or not. After they told him they started looking for other players, he was convinced and joined the band. Alon came back from America and joind the band too.

Looking for a name for the band, Yitzhak suggested "20,000 On The Road". Danny suggested "Beehive" (perhaps inspired by "The Beatles"...?). "What is a beehive?" Efraim asked. "Kaveret" (in Hebrew) Danny replied. "Sounds like a Kibutz band's name" Efraim said, but Danny said "It's a good name for a band..."

On April 1973 they recorded their second single Self Service (Sherut Atzmi) (A friend, Asher Bitansky helped financing it). In addition, they recorded a new official version of We Didn't Know What To Do (Lo Yadanu Ma La'asot) as a B-Side. The Singles failed in the charts. Asher Bitansky tried talking to different managers, but he had no luck.

On May 1973 Gidi and Efraim were offered (not together) to sing in a songs festival (sort of a local Eurovision). They agreed because they thought it would help exposing the band. Efraim sang together with Hanan Yovel and Yardena Arazi a song named Leil Hanaya and Gidi sang a song nameed Ya'ale Veyavo. Both of them failed (Gidi got to the last place).

One of Israel's most important producers, Avraham Deshe (Pashanel) liked Gidi's performance and got in touch with him and Kaveret. He heard the opera, got enthusiastic and they started rehearsing more serously.

After the premiere Deshe decided the concept wasn't working and told them to split the opera into a show of songs and sketches, instead of songs combined with sketches.

On June 15 they performed on stage and the word was out. Kaveret was signed in "Hed-Arzi" and started recording in "Triton" - a new improved studio. They had no producer or musical arranger - they did all by themselves.

The single The Crux Of The Matter (Po Kavur HaKelev) was released but in the radio broadcasters claimed the lyrics were silly. After a month or so the song started climbing in the charts.

The B-Side was Adulterous Boots (HaMagafaim Shel Baruch) (WAV 43K) which was a hit. Kaveret was a hit too. They performed 32 times a month infront of full auditoriums.

In October the "Yom Kipur" war started and Kaveret had an important role in raising the soldier's moods, which contributed to their success.

On November 1973 the album Poogy Tales (Sipurey Poogy) was released. The cover was drawn by Itamar Noiman - a friend of Danny from the military service. The name Danny Sanderson appeared on the cover 35 times.

The Cold Shoulder (BaYom UBalaila) was written by Danny and Melissa Connel when they were in a band called The Catacombs at the age of 15. Danny wrote new lyrics for it. On the album's cover, her name was mis-spelled in Hebrew and was written as "M. Coggel".

Things Could Be Better (Yeled Mizdaken) was written as a joke in Dory Ben Ze'ev's radio show. Meir sang the lyrics, talking about Poogy getting elecrified. Alon thought it's a shame to waste the tune and wrote new lyrics for it.

On the CD, scratch noises can be heard at the beginning of We Didn't Know What To Do (Lo Yadanu Ma La'asot), most likely a result of a fault re-mastering.

Joseph What's Up? (Yossi Ma Nishma?) was written by Danny for teaching Yehuda Eder, the Nahal band's new guitar player (instead of Danny), and later a member in Doda, how to play like him.

The song Adulterous Boots (HaMagafaim Shel Baruch), which became a huge success, was mis-spelled both on vinyl and CD and was written as Abulterous Boots.

It's Been Nice (Nechmad)'s opening line "I've got only one thing to say to you on behalf of us all... It's been..." (Yesh li rak davar ehad lomar lachem beshem kulam... Haya...) is said by Alon.

The bonus track Efraim's Boots (HaMagafaim Shel Efraim) was actually a live improvisation, spoofing Adulterous Boots (HaMagafaim Shel Baruch) (in Hebrew: Baruch's Boots).

By the end of 1973 the album was sold in 70,000 copies (a huge amount for an Israeli record). Kaveret was crowned as the band of the year, and in the annual charts Adulterous Boots (HaMagafaim Shel Baruch) was number 1, The Grocery Store (Shir HaMakolet) was number 3 and The Crux Of The Matter (Po Kavur HaKelev) was number 16.