Novo Combo formed in New York and was composed of several music industry veterans, including Michael Shrieve (drums), who played on the first 8 Santana albums. Stephen Dees (bass) played with Hall & Oats, while guitarist/singer Pete Hewlett and lead guitarist Jack Griffith rounded out the original lineup. (Carlos Rios replaced Griffith on the second Novo Combo album.)
"Tattoo" was off the band's self-titled 1981 debut LP. The album did hit the charts, at #167, and "Tattoo" reached #42 on the Mainstream Rock charts. However, the group's second effort, 1982's Animation Generation did not do as well, and the band broke up soon afterwards.
The video is a classic early MTV performance piece, and I vaguely remember seeing it. I particularly enjoyed the super-serious drummer, smoke effects, and Steinberger headless bass (so 1980's).