No Tag Profile

Andrew Schmidt
22 May 2013

No Tag broke bar consumption records while their audience broke heads. It was a volatile combination, the consequences of which had shadowed the tough Auckland punk four-piece out on the hard West Auckland hall scene and at inner city Auckland venues.

The band got a double dose of approbation when their blistering three song EP for Propeller Records, featured the ‘Oi Oi Oi’ chant adopted by British street punks, some of whom were overtly racist, resulting in a tabloid plastering for alleged (and completely untrue) Nazi leanings.

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Andrew Boak
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No Tag (live in Auckland 1983)
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Mistaken Identity (Live in London)
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Fire On The Fifth Floor (Live at The Windsor Castle 1983)
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Paul Van Wetering
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Pub Song (live in Auckland, 1983)
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Auckland, 1982
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Andrew Boak, Mark Sullivan, Paul Van Wetering
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London poster, mid-1980s
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The 1982 poster for the Can We Get Away With It tour
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Trivia:

Andrew Boak was station manager at 95bFM in the early 1980s and also provided backing vocals on the 1986 Dead Kennedys album Bedtime For Democracy.

Paul Van Wetering is a Feng Shui practitioner and a director of The New Zealand School of Feng Shui.

Andrew Boak was guitarist and vocalist with Auckland North Shore trio The Regulators, who self-released ‘Neat Boy’ as one side of a single with The Ainsworths’ Coin on the other side, in 1981.

No Tag’s Mark Sullivan brought the song What A Great Cunt’ry from The Flicks, his early North Shore punk band, who had recorded it at Harlequin Studios. The Flicks placed second at Rock Quest 1980 at the Windsor Castle.

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Members:

Andrew Boak - guitar

Carl Van Wetering - drums

Paul Van Wetering - vocals

Mark Sullivan - bass

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Propeller