Th' Dudes Profile

Chris Bourke
29 May 2013

Shortly after Th’ Dudes split up in 1980, the band’s bassist Lez White looked back on a whirlwind three years with characteristic sardonic wit, in a song called ‘The Chosen Few’.

The chorus went: “Jesus Christ it's a dream come true/ hanging out with the chosen few/ Catholic boys singing out of tune …”

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The original lyrics to Bliss, hand-written by Ian Morris and Dave Dobbyn
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1977 poster for The DB Tavern. In 1981 Peter Urlich turned this same space into his club A Certain Bar
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Peter and Lez at Island of Real 1978
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The original line-up, 1977 - Peter Urlich, Peter Coleman, Dave Dobbyn, Ian Morris, Bruce Hambling
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That Look in in Your Eyes
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Peter Urlich in the crowd, 2006 reunion
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Final gig at Mainstreet - Ljinon Manson on vocals, Chris Orange on bass, trying not to look at a naked Ian Morris
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Th' Dudes
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Th' Dudes final gig at Mainstreet - Ian Morris naked
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Th' Dudes - Be Mine Tonight live in Christchurch, 1979
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The poster for the very first Dudes single, 1979
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Th' Dudes, January 1977
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The Cricketers Arms, Wellington 
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Dave Dobbyn, Ian Morris, Bruce Hambling, Peter Urlich, Lez White
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Dave Dobbyn, The Windsor, 1977
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Peter Urlich and Ian Morris, Mainstreet 1979
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Peter Coleman, Dave Dobbyn, 1977
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Dave Dobbyn at Island of Real
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Be Mine Tonight
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1977 bio
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Island of Real, 1977
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Dave Dobbyn at The Windsor, 1977
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Bliss
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Ian Morris, The Windsor Castle, 1977
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Roadies in the Auckland Star, 1979, including Th'Dude's Richard Morris and the late Keith McKenzie ('McFrenzy')
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Walking in Light
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Ian Morris and Peter Urlich - Windsor Castle, 1977
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Dave Dobbyn, Ian Morris, Peter Urlich, Bruce Hambling, Lez White
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Ian Morris and Peter Urlich, Windsor Castle, 1977
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April 1977
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Th' Dudes reunion - Peter Urlich, 2006
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Dave Dobbyn, 1977
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Peter Urlich
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Th'Dudes at The Island Of Real, 1978
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Auckland Star, August 20, 1979
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Peter, Ian, Lez - Mainstreet final gig
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His first business card, from 1976
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Peter Urlich, Peter Coleman, Dave Dobbyn at The Windsor Castle, 1977
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Trivia:

Peter Urlich was a member of the Nice'n'Urlich duo who released three albums of house music in the early 2000s, two of which went platinum, and one gold.

Peter Urlich was breakfast host on George FM from 2002 to 2009.

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Members:

Bruce Hambling - drums

Peter Coleman - bass

Ian Morris - guitar

Peter Urlich - vocals

Dave Dobbyn - guitar, vocals

Lez White - bass

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