The Narcs

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The Narcs are an award winning New Zealand band, that formed in 1980 in Christchurch, New Zealand, by bassist Tony Waine, drummer Bob Ogilvie and guitarist Garth Sinclair – departed/replaced by Australian guitarist/singer Andy Dickson.[1]

Christchurch remained the band's base with a series of resident club and pub gigs building their following. Touring had become a regular event for The Narcs by 1981, and the pressures of the road contributed to Bob Ogilvie leaving – being replaced by Steve Clarkson on drums in 1982. Keyboardist Liam Ryan became a full-time Narc in 1983.

The band pursued a management deal with Mike Chunn, and signed a record deal with CBS Records.[2]

During a retreat at a commune the band wrote most of the songs for their debut album, Great Divide. The single, "Heart and Soul", peaked at No. 4 on the NZ charts, picked up five 1984 New Zealand Music Awards[2] and the album achieved gold disc status.[3]

The band worked in both NZ and Australia, recording a total of four albums and playing alongside such acts as Midnight Oil, Split Enz, Elton John and Queen.

The Narcs were one of the first Kiwi acts, apart from Split Enz, to have records released worldwide.[citation needed]

The band reformed in 2016 with ex-DD Smash drummer Peter Warren and Rikki Morris of The Crocodiles[4] and have continued to play live and record music since then. In 2018, the band released new single 'Summerhill Stone'.[5]



Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1981 "Narcs EP" EP
1982 "Over My Head" Single
1983 "No Turning Back" 12 EP
1983 "Whistle While You Work" 17 Live Album with Coconut Rough
1983 "Look The Other Way" 38 Single
1984 Heart and Soul 4 Gold Great Divide Album
1984 "Lazy Susan" 35 Great Divide Album
1984 "Missing in Action" Great Divide Album
1985 "Diamonds on China" 15 The Narcs Album
1985 "Side By Side" The Narcs Album
1985 "Abandoned By Love" The Narcs Album
1988 "It's Got To Be Love" 49 Single
1995 "Back to the Deep" Push The Boat Out Album
2002 "Best of the Narcs" Album
2018 "Summerhill Stone"


  1. ^ "The Narcs – AudioCulture". Retrieved 2018-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Great NZ album: Great Divide – The Narcs". Radio New Zealand. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 2018-05-22. 
  3. ^ "NZ On Screen". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 2018-05-22. 
  4. ^ "First song: The Narcs perform live". Radio New Zealand. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 2018-05-22. 
  5. ^ "The Narcs". Retrieved 2018-05-22.