29 Nov 2016

Great NZ album: Great Divide - The Narcs

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:25 pm on 29 November 2016
The Narcs

The Narcs (CBS publicity shot from 1984) L-R Tony Waine, Andy Dickson, Steve Clarkson and Liam Ryan Photo: Supplied

Today's Great New Zealand Album, Great Divide, is from a band hat formed in Christchurch in 1980 - The Narcs.

Initially they performed as a high-energy trio with a fistful of catchy songs and a great deal of ambition.

They arranged a management deal and actively pursued former Split Enz bass guitarist Mike Chunn who was head of A&R at CBS. He signed the band to that label, and then they went after former Hello Sailor member Dave McArtney to produce their debut album.

Great Divide was released in 1983 and won a number of trophies at the New Zealand music awards that year.