Ian Morris

aka Tex Pistol


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 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.

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
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Ian Morris and Al Hunter, 1989
Photo credit: Photo by Chris Bourke
Ian Morris in 1988, when the Nobody Else album was released. 
Ian Morris at The Windsor Castle with Th'Dudes, 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris collection
A still from the video shoot for the 1987 single The Game Of Love, directed by Paul Middleditch
Photo credit: Ian Morris collection
The Soundtrax crew: Ian Morris, Steve Robinson, Callie Blood and Jim Hall
Ian Morris operating the Fairlight at Soundtrax studio, Wellington, during the recording of 'Nobody Else', 198.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
Tex Pistol - Game of love
The brothers Morris in a Pagan records publicity shot for the No.1 Tex Pistol & Rikki Morris single Nobody Else
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).
Ian Morris and Peter Urlich, with Bruce Hambling behind, The Windsor Castle, 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris collection
Ian and Rikki Morris in a publicity shot outtake from 1988
Photo credit: Ian Morris collection
Tex Pistol Q&A in Shake magazine, 1987
Pagan Records publicity shot, 1986
James Griffiths and Ian Morris
Dave Dobbyn's first solo single Bull By The Horns, 1981. Produced by Rob Aickin and Ian Morris, it was the first time the name DD Smash appeared.
The original line-up, 1977 - Peter Urlich, Peter Coleman, Dave Dobbyn, Ian Morris, Bruce Hambling
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
Cover outtakes for the 1988 Nobody Else album
Ian Morris' solo album, under the Tex Pistol name, Nobody Else (1988)
Auckland Star, August 20, 1979
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
Ian Morris with Th' Dudes at The Island of Real
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Ian Morris, Wellington, 1987
Photo credit: Elspeth Collier
Watch: a TVNZ directed (and costumed) video for Tex Pistol's The Ballad of Buckskin Bob, 1986
The Pink Flamingos Mk.2:  Peter Allison, Ian Morris, Jim Lawrie, Paul Woolright and Dave McArtney
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Ian Morris and Callie Blood in 1987, when Tex Pistol's version of 'The Game of Love' made No.1.
Photo credit: Elspeth Collier
Ian and Rikki Morris, 1988
Ian Morris, The Windsor Castle, 1977
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
Ian Morris with Th' Dudes, Mainstreet, Auckland, December 1979
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
a and b the c of d, Ian Morris' posthumous album, recorded and mixed before his passing, issued by his family on 30 October, 2020.
Tex Pistol's single The Ballad of Buckskin Bob, released in 1986
Ian Morris during the video shoot for the The Game Of Love, 1987
Photo credit: Ian Morris collection
Greg Johnson - Hibiscus Song
Brothers Rikki and Ian Morris, 1988
Photo credit: Ian Morris collection
Shot used for the cover of the 1986 single Ballad Of Buckskin Bob
Photo credit: Ian Morris collection
Tex Pistol & Rikki Morris - Come Back Louise
Ian Morris at Mainstreet, Auckland, with Th' Dudes, December 1979
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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