Formed in Christchurch in 1979, The Narcs did early time as a high octane covers band on the pub circuit. Their name is a nod to The Police, a band they often covered. After moving to Auckland in 1983, the addition of keyboardist Liam Ryan saw a maturing in The Narcs' sound — as evident on more reflective numbers like ‘Heart and Soul’ (named best song and single at the 1984 NZ Music Awards) and ‘Abandoned by Love’ (a 1986 APRA Silver Scroll winner). They toured Australia extensively, before disbanding in 1990. There was more: album Push the Boat Out landed in 1996, and occasional tours have since followed.