Following the initial demise of Hello Sailor in 1980, Dave McArtney moved to centre stage with The Pink Flamingos (named for the John Waters film). Formed around the ideas of "simplicity and melody", the band's revolving line up included contributions by Dragon songwriter Paul Hewson. The Pink Flamingos released three albums and an EP, and won five NZ Music Awards in 1981, establishing themselves as one of the country's top acts. Their singles included 'Virginia', 'I'm in Heaven' and 'Remember the Alamo'.
After four years as part of Hello Sailor, guitarist Dave McArtney stepped out with his own band The Pink Flamingos — and found himself very much the centre of attention in this video made by TVNZ for the Flamingos' debut single. With only his guitar for support, he roams the streets of downtown Wellington stalking the object of his desire, who remains largely impassive despite his protestations — and all but obscured in a haze of cigarette smoke. Locations include an empty Cuba Mall (beside the bucket fountain) and Plimmer Steps. McArtney died in April 2013.