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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Dave Dobbyn, Ian Morris, Bruce Hambling, Peter Urlich, Lez White
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Ian Morris, The Windsor Castle, 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Th' Dudes
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Bliss
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Peter Urlich and Ian Morris, Mainstreet 1979
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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1977 bio
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Be Mine Tonight
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Dave Dobbyn, The Windsor, 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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The poster for the very first Dudes single, 1979
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The original line-up, 1977 - Peter Urlich, Peter Coleman, Dave Dobbyn, Ian Morris, Bruce Hambling
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Th' Dudes - Bliss (Key, 1979)
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Dave Dobbyn at Island of Real
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Auckland Star, August 20, 1979
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Th' Dudes - Be Mine Tonight live in Christchurch, 1979
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The Cricketers Arms, Wellington 
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Peter Urlich, Peter Coleman, Dave Dobbyn at The Windsor Castle, 1977
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Peter and Lez at Island of Real 1978
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Dave Dobbyn, 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Th' Dudes reunion - Peter Urlich, 2006
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Roadies in the Auckland Star, 1979, including Th'Dude's Richard Morris and the late Keith McKenzie ('McFrenzy')
Photo credit: Richard Morris Collection
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His first business card, from 1976
Photo credit: Ian Morris Archive
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1977 poster for The DB Tavern. In 1981 Peter Urlich turned this same space into his club A Certain Bar
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Peter Coleman, Dave Dobbyn, 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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The original lyrics to Bliss, hand-written by Ian Morris and Dave Dobbyn
Photo credit: Ian Morris Archives
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April 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Ian Morris and Peter Urlich, Windsor Castle, 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Th' Dudes - Walking In Light (Key, 1979)
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Th' Dudes - Right Second Time part 1 (2007, NZ On Screen)
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Peter, Ian, Lez - Mainstreet final gig
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Dave Dobbyn, Ian Morris, Peter Urlich, Bruce Hambling, Lez White
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Peter Urlich
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Island of Real, 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Th' Dudes - Be Mine Tonight (Key, 1979)
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Walking in Light
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Peter Urlich in the crowd, 2006 reunion
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Ian Morris and Peter Urlich - Windsor Castle, 1977
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That Look in in Your Eyes
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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, January 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Rip It Up No.23, June 1979
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Th' Dudes - Right Second Time part 1 (2007, NZ On Screen)
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Th' Dudes - Right First Time (Key, 1979)
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Th'Dudes at The Island Of Real, 1978
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Dave Dobbyn at The Windsor, 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
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Th' Dudes final gig at Mainstreet - Ian Morris naked
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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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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.