No Tag: Oi Oi Oi 12"

Radio Raheem Records


Finally seeing the light of day again for the first time in 33 years, No Tag's "Oi Oi Oi" 12" EP gets its first official reissue. The band hailed from Auckland, New Zealand and consisted of guitarist Andrew Boak, singer Paul Van Wetering, drummer Carl Van Wetering and bassist Mark Sullivan. Originally released in 1982 on the legendary Propellor Records, which was ground zero of the Kiwi punk scene, "Oi Oi Oi" reached #15 on the New Zealand singles chart when it was released. No small feat, since punk in New Zealand hadn't quite reached the higher echelons of mainstream acceptance of that in the UK and US. They followed this release with a live album titled "Can We Get Away With It?" and supported the Dead Kennedys during their New Zealand tour. Sadly, as is the case with many bands of this era, their live shows often attracted a violent element, leading to the band calling it quits in 1986. Radio Raheem is proud to re-release this one back into the wild, taken from the original reels and complete with printed lyrics which were missing from the original.

Our take: Another archival release from the great Radio Raheem Records, and this time they turn their attention to this oi! obscurity from 1982 New Zealand, a locale that I formerly did not know produced oi! music. However, this stands up with pretty much anything I can think of from the UK from around the same time or even before... the sound is gritty, minimal, and tough, yet melodic as well... pretty much a spot-on take on the oi! sound in every way that could be dropped on a mix tape alongside Red Alert, the Oppressed, the Business, and Blitz and no one would blink an eye. The only shortcomings here are that it's only three songs (but these three songs are fucking rad), and that it's rather short on contextual information as compared to most Radio Raheem releases. However, if you picked up and enjoyed Radio Raheem's reissue of the Porno Cassettes single this is a similarly spot-on and noteworthy obscurity from the same style and era, so don't hesitate.
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