Cllr Hopfensperger releases a 'Mod' Vinyl 36 years on to help St Nicholas' Hospice
Updated: Feb 8, 2019
Paul Hopfensperger, Bury St Edmunds Town and St Edmundsbury Borough councillor for St Olaves Ward in Bury St Edmunds, has released a 12" vinyl E.P. called "Teenage Angst" from his band The Teazers which he was in 36 years ago to raise money for charity.
Cllr Hopfensperger was lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the three piece band and recorded the four songs "Alison", "The System", "The Shape of Things to Come", and "Dreaming of You" at the Elephant Recording Studio in London in 1982.
He has now decided to release the tracks as an EP, where 15 per cent of the proceeds will go to St Nicholas' Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds. “I’m big into setting and achieving goals” said Paul. “I had three long term as well as many short-term goals. I also love raising money for local charities. Swimming The English Channel was the first long term goal, which I first achieved in 2007, then again in 2008 and 2010 raising over £16,500 for St Nicholas’ Hospice Care and CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity. Writing a book was the second, and is slowly taking shape and releasing an E.P. was the third. It’s very exciting!”
“St Nicholas’ Hospice needs over £11,000 per day just to break even, so every penny helps”.
The band used to play at many local venues around the town including the infamous “The Griffin” pub in the town centre and the now demolished “The Centa” as well "Drummond Hall" and venues further out of town. The Teazers once even had the opportunity to support their idols The Jam at Leicester De Montfort Hall. “We went to Woking to see some friends, and knocked on Paul Weller’s door. His dad asked us in for a cup of tea and showed us around. He offered us the gig in less than 2 weeks time, but at that time, half of our set was made up of The Jam songs. I told him we would learn some new songs and get back to him. However, the bass player Andy, went off to University, and I have never seen him since!” said Paul.
Drummer Pete Hawtin and Paul have spoken recently via social media, and Pete is keen to do a re-union gig. “I’ve always wanted to play The Apex, so you never know!” said Paul.
Pre-signed copies of the single will be available from “Vinyl Hunter”, 56 St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, and personalised signed copies from Paul at Body and Mind Studio / Herbal Nutrition for Life 16 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, or online via The Teazers web shop at www.TheTeazers.com
External links to this story
(1) 05/10/2018 - Bury Free Press by Laura Nolan.
(2) The Teazers Online Shop - www.TheTeazers.com
(3) Cllr Paul Hopfensperger's JustGiving Fundraising Page