Formed in Auckland ’82 by Jeffrey Bunt, Peter Matich and Gregg McKenzie, and later joined by David Ford on drums (all originally from Taupo), the Normal Ambition recorded two studio albums in 83/84, releasing them on Paul Lurker’s Industrial Tapes independent cassette label.
an edgy new wave pop band occupying the zone somewhere between the jagged ‘gang of four’ and sweet ‘china crisis’ … [we] played anywhere and everywhere from the then prestigious ‘mainstreet’ and ‘streets ahead performance cafe’ to remote hippie bashes in northland
– gregg mckenzie
Eventually the group evolved into and overlapped the later line-up called ‘the Lifeboats’ who were basically jeoff and gregg with keyboards and a drum machine, frequently appended with half a dozen other guest musicians, graffiti artists, dancers and knife jugglers. the lifeboats and normal ambition both dissolved in 1985.
Discography (picks in bold)
- watch it there cassette [1983 industrial tapes Industrial003]
- unanimous notorious cassette [1984 industrial tapes Industrial019]