Ian Morris Profile

aka Tex Pistol
Chris Bourke
11 Feb 2014

Ian Morris announced his arrival on the New Zealand rock scene with a thump. In 1977, as a 20-year-old engineer working at Stebbing’s recording studio, he created the celebrated ka-thwomp snare sound in Hello Sailor’s ‘Gutter Black’.

When the song was revived 25 years later as the Outrageous Fortune theme, that sonic moment still sounded fresh; it encapsulates Morris’s talent to discern what sound was required to make a song special, and the skill to know how to build it.

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Tex Pistol - Winter
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Ian Morris, Dave Dobbyn, Scott Calhoun, Nelson early 1984
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The brothers Morris in a Pagan records publicity shot for the No.1 Tex Pistol & Rikki Morris single Nobody Else
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Ian and Rikki Morris, 1988
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The Pink Flamingos Mk.2:  Peter Allison, Ian Morris, Jim Lawrie, Paul Woolright and Dave McArtney
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The original line-up, 1977 - Peter Urlich, Peter Coleman, Dave Dobbyn, Ian Morris, Bruce Hambling
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Ian Morris at Mainstreet, Auckland, with Th' Dudes, December 1979
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Auckland Star, August 20, 1979
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Ian and Rikki Morris in a publicity shot outtake from 1988
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James Griffiths and Ian Morris
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Outtake from cover shoot for The Ballad of Buckskin Bob
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A still from the video shoot for the 1987 No.1 hit The Game Of Love
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Ian Morris' solo album, under the Tex Pistol name, Nobody Else (1988)
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Ian in the early 1980s
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Brothers Rikki and Ian Morris, 1987/8
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Ian Morris, The Windsor Castle, 1977
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The original lyrics to Bliss, hand-written by Ian Morris and Dave Dobbyn
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Jag Moritz - Boot Up Let X=Y
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Shot used for the cover of the 1986 single Ballad Of Buckskin Bob
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Ian Morris in the mid 1980s
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Ian Morris and Peter Urlich, with Bruce Hambling behind, The Windsor Castle, 1977
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Pagan Records publicity shot, 1986
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Dave Dobbyn's first solo single Bull By The Horns, 1981. Produced by Ian Morris, it was the first time the name DD Smash appeared.
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The Soundtrax crew: Ian Morris, Steve Robinson, Callie Blood and Jim Hall
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Ian Morris with his first guitar, Christmas Day 1966
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Ian Morris in 206 outside The Cabana, the legendary venue in Napier he helped save
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Ian Morris with Th' Dudes at The Island of Real
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Tex Pistol Q&A in Shake magazine, 1987
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Tex Pistol - Game of love
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Ian Morris and Rob Aickin recording the debut Hello Sailor album at Stebbing Studios, 6 June, 1977
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Ian Morris at The Windsor Castle with Th'Dudes, 1977
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Ian Morris during the video shoot for the The Game Of Love, 1987
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Tex Pistol's single The Ballad of Buckskin Bob, released in 1986
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Tex Pistol - The Game Of Love. 1994 Sacred Heart fundraiser, with Debbie Harwood (vocals), Rikki Morris (guitar), Mike Harallambi (drums), Mike Chunn (bass), Wally Wilkinson (guitar), Eddie Rayner (keyboards).
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Ian Morris and Sharon O'Neill backstage at a When The Cat's Away gig on Waiheke in summer 2001/2002, with Ian and Kim Willoughby's kids
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Ian Morris with Th' Dudes, Mainstreet, Auckland, December 1979
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Peter Urlich and Ian Morris on Max TV's The Tube
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Ian Morris and Al Hunter, 1989
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A still from the video shoot for the 1987 single The Game Of Love, directed by Paul Middleditch
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Cover outtakes for the 1988 Nobody Else album
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Tex Pistol & Rikki Morris - Come Back Louise
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Big Fiddle in the early 1990s: From top left clockwise - Ian Morris, Jackie Clarke, Callie Blood, Janet Roddick and Nick Bollinger
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Greg Johnson - Hibiscus Song
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Ian Morris accepts Best Engineer for the debut Hello Sailor album at the NZ Music Awards at Parnell's White Heron Hotel, 1979
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