Originally called Seafood Mama, they released a single, "Harden My Heart" in 1980 for a small local indie label.
A year later they were signed by Geffen Records re-recorded the song, and changed the group name to Quarterflash.
The name comes from an Australian colloquialism, "a quarter flash and three parts foolish."
The band recorded 3 albums for Geffen, as well as the title track, "Night Shift", for the Ron Howard motion picture.
A fourth album was recorded for Epic Records, but not released in the United States.