Ian Morris got his start in the music industry as a recording engineer at Auckland's Stebbings Studio, where he did distinctive work on Hello Sailor classic 'Gutter Black'. A guitarist in Th'Dudes, he co-wrote some of the band's biggest hits with Dave Dobbyn (including 'Right First Time' and 'Bliss'). In 1987 he topped the charts as Tex Pistol with both his cover of 'The Game of Love' (which he performed, arranged, engineered and produced) and 'Nobody Else', with his brother Rikki. He worked with many iconic Kiwi musicians, and composed and recorded for television and commercials. Morris died on 7 October 2010.
The video for Tex Pistol's chart-topping, electro-pop remake of 60s track 'The Game of Love' was a stylish triumph for budding teenage director Paul Middleditch. Tex Pistol — aka former Th'Dudes member Ian Morris — is dressed in black and white, with silver tipped cowboy boots and a red semi-acoustic guitar. Suiting the less is more approach of the remake, the video features Morris and backing vocalist Callie Blood in a world of darkness, rain and reflective surfaces. 'The Game of Love' hit number one for one week; copies of the single ran out early on.