Ian Morris (musician)
|Birth name||Ian Gordon Morris|
|Also known as||Tex Pistol|
22 January 1957|
|Died||7 October 2010
Napier, New Zealand
|Occupation(s)||musician, record producer, recording engineer, songwriter|
|Associated acts||Th' Dudes, DD Smash, Tex Pistol, Dave Dobbyn, Peter Urlich, Rikki Morris|
Ian Morris and his brother Richard (who would also go on to become a successful singer, songwriter and sound engineer in New Zealand under the name Rikki Morris) were born in England but emigrated with their family to New Zealand in 1966.
Ian was a founding member of iconic New Zealand band Th' Dudes, who formed at Sacred Heart College in Auckland in 1975. He also had chart hits as a solo artist under the name Tex Pistol (a name he took on as "Ian Morris [didn't] sound poppy enough" ), and in collaboration with his brother Rikki as Tex Pistol and Rikki Morris. As recording engineer and record producer, his production credits include a number of successful Kiwi artists: Hello Sailor, DD Smash, The Screaming Meemees, The Warratahs, When the Cat's Away, Greg Johnson, Dave Dobbyn, and Southside of Bombay to name a few. Morris also wrote numerous jingles, arrangements, and orchestrations.
As solo artist
|1983||"Boot Up (x=y)" as Jag Moritz||
|1986||"The Ballad of Buckskin Bob" / "Winter" as Tex Pistol||
|1987||"Game of Love" as Tex Pistol||
|1988||"Nobody Else" as Tex Pistol and Rikki Morris||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.|
|1988||Nobody Else as Tex Pistol||
With Th' Dudes
- Right First Time (1979) Key
- Where Are The Boys? (1980) Key
- So You Wanna Be A Rock'n'Roll Star (1980) Key
- Where Are the Girls?: Th' Definitive Collection (2001) Festival Mushroom Records
- Pubs, Parks, Theatres, Clubs, Church Halls, Gardens, Lounges & Band Rotundas (2006)
- 2006 Reunion Tour Live (2006)
|Th' Dudes||Right First Time||Yes|
|Hello Sailor||Hello Sailor||Yes|
|Hello Sailor||Pacifica Amour||Yes|
|Th' Dudes||Where Are The Boys?||Yes||Yes|
|DD Smash||Cool Bananas||Yes|
|Screaming Meemees||If This Is Paradise I'll Take The Bag||Yes|
|The Gurlz||The Gurlz mini-album||Yes|
|Naked Spots Dance||New mini-album||Yes||Yes|
|The Hulamen||Start A Fashion mini-album||Yes||Yes|
|Jag Moritz||Boot Up||Yes||Yes|
|Circus Block||4 In Stone In Steel||Yes||Yes|
|Tex Pistol||"Game Of Love"||Yes||Yes|
|Tex Pistol & Rikki Morris||"Nobody Else"||Yes||Yes|
|Rikki Morris||"Heartbroke Again"||Yes||Yes|
|The Warratahs||Big Sky||Yes|
|The Warratahs||Wild Card||Yes|
|Southside of Bombay||"What's The Time Mr Wolf?"||Yes|
|Barry Saunders||Long Shadows||Yes|
|Greg Johnson||Sea Breeze Motel||Yes|
|When The Cat's Away||Asian Paradise||Yes||Yes|
|Papa-Pa||My Black Jersey||Yes||Yes|
- Th' Dudes Where Are the Girls?: Th' Definitive Collection remastering
- Chicken (director Grant LaHood) composer of original songs
- Catching the Tide (director Costa Botes) original soundtrack
|1978||Engineer of the Year||Hello Sailor, Hello Sailor||Won|
|1979||Single of the Year||'Be Mine Tonight', Th' Dudes||Won|
|Top Group||Th' Dudes||Won|
|1982||Producer of the Year||Cool Bananas (DD Smash)||Won|
|1986||Most Promising Male Vocalist||"The Ballad of Buckskin Bob" as Tex Pistol||Won|
|Best Engineer||Ballad Of Buskin Bob, Tex Pistol||Nominated|
|1987||Engineer of the Year||"Game of Love", Tex Pistol||Won|
|Best Producer||"Game of Love", Tex Pistol||Nominated|
|1988||Single of the Year||"Nobody Else", Tex Pistol / Rikki Morris||Nominated|
|Best Producer||"Nobody Else", Tex Pistol / Rikki Morris||Nominated|
|1990||Producer of the Year||"Heartbroke", Rikki Morris||Won|
|Best Engineer||Heartbroke, Rikki Morris||Nominated|
In 2001, members of APRA were invited to vote on their favourite New Zealand songs of all time. Of the final 100, 2 Morris-related songs appeared on the list.
- "Th'Dudes: Beginnings". IgMusic/Ian Morris. 2001. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- Bourke, Chris (November 1988). "This Gun’s for Hire". Rip It Up. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "Nobody Else: Chart Behaviour". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- Morris, Ian. "Selected Discography". IG Music. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "NZMAs". nzmusicawards.co.nz. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
- "Dudes star mourned". APN News and Media. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- "Th'Dudes guitarist Ian Morris dies". Fairfax New Zealand. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-08.
- Ian Morris' igMusic website
- Th' Dudes official website
- Th' Dudes biography
- Th' Dudes
- 1998 Rip It Up interview with Chris Bourke
- 2001 Radio New Zealand interview, part one and part two