Not many New Zealand artists had international success during the 80s. They tended to be big only in New Zealand and Australia. We here in New Zealand however got the privilege of seeing these artists make a name for themselves down here.
Came and went. Returned again in the 90s and continued on into the 00s.
A very short lived band which should have been big. It gave us us a classic hit - a one-hit-wonder with "Sierrra Leone".
Our biggest export (With a couple of Aussies in it). At least until Lorde came along.
One of our most respected singer/song writers who could do no wrong in the 80s. (Except of course when he incited a riot in Queen Street one time).
Dave Dobbyn moved on from the 70s band Th' Dudes and formed his own band which won all sorts of awards. Then of course he moved on to a successful solo career.
A band that had success in the 70s and 80s and even managed to get an international hit with "Rain".
The (Dance) Exponents
I had a friend at high school who was nuts over these guys and had their name written all over his pencil case and books. I'd never heard any of their songs at that point and wouldn't start to appreciate them until they came out with their all time classic "I'll say goodbye even though I'm blue".
Another of those bands that flew under my radar until later on in the 80s. Then I started to appreciate their earlier stuff. New Zealand's finest reggae band.
A band with sex in the name? Surely they had to be x-rated? But they weren't. "Computer Games" is an all time classic as far as I'm concerned and reminds us of one of the greatest things that came out of the 80s.
The uniquely beautiful, Margaret had a lot of success on her own and with different bands: Peking Man and When the Cats away.
I hated their sound at first as they sounded like a bunch of retards, but they grew on me, especially with classics like "Forever Tuesday Morning" and "One Black Friday".
Came up with possibly one of the greatest songs ever from a New Zealand band IMHO: "Heart & Soul"
Brought us Margaret Urlich and her brother. I don't know whether her brother accomplished anything musically after this.
As far as I'm concerned one of New Zealand's greatest bands even though they broke up too soon. Saw them in concert when they opened for Dire Straits in 1986. Awesome!
As far as I'm concerned, New Zealand's greatest band. Way superior to Crowded House.
One of our finest singer/song writers. Founder of Split Enz.
When the Cats away
Women from various different bands, that had average success, joined together to make a name for themselves. Actually even then it was just more average success really.
Others worth mentioning
Dave & the Dynamos
Monte Video & the Cassettes
The Netherworld Dancing Toys
Patea Maori Club
Prince Tui Teka