By 1976 Hello Sailor’s line-up with Brazier McArtney and Lyon had Lisle Kinney on bass and drummer Ricky Ball. They recorded their debut eponymous LP, Hello Sailor, released in late 1977. Sales were brisk, with the album landing a pair of hit singles in "Gutter Black" and "Blue Lady". The subsequent national tour proved equally successful, paving the way for the emergence of New Zealand's pub rock circuit.
After spending much of 1978 in Los Angeles, the group returned home to promote their second album, Pacifica Amour, playing to capacity houses. A six-month 1979 tour of Australia proved disastrous though, and in February 1980, the band dissolved. In 1985 Hello Sailor re-formed and continued to record, releasing Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion (1985), The Album (1995), When Your Lights Are Out (2006) and Surrey Crescent Moon (2012).