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'.