Tex & Rikki

May 26, 2013
1 min read

Every day in May, to mark NZ Music Month, Gary Steel presents something local from his considerable behind. Personal archive, that is. Today’s surprise item?

Tex & Rikki

First published in the RTR Countdown, June 1989.

lIS IT TEX Pistol, Ian & Rikki, or Tex Pistol & Rikki Morris? How about plain ol’ TEX & RIKKI?
In ’87 Tex Pistol (otherwise known as former Dude and current studio whizzkid Ian Morris) had a top 10 hit with his unique version of ‘The Game Of Love’. One year later he had a number one hit with ‘Nobody else’, a song written by his real-life bro’ Rikki. Now they’re back as Tex & Rikki to avoid confusion, with a new single called ‘Come Back Louise’, which Rikki describes as “very tongue-in-cheek.”
l-1“I wrote it a couple of years ago. You know those keyboards that write songs for you? Push two keys together and it starts playing. I came home drunk one night and started playing these patterns and thought, ‘that’s a neat little feel’, and it eventuated into this ridiculously poppy, commercial song. It’s about walking home in the rain with your pay and having nowhere to go because she’s gone It’s truly awful but I think it’ll be a hit.”
What’s the hit formula? Rikki writes the basics, sings lead and adds some 36 tracks worth of backing vocals (“I don’t need a backing vocalist, I AM a backing vocalist!”); Tex adds the technical studio wizardry and “sprinkles some magic dust over it”.
And what does Rikki think of his climb to fame? “ ‘Nobody Else’ wasn’t going to be a single! The last six months have just been really strange. This whole Tex thing was never meant to be a career move!” GARY STEEL

Note from the author: RIP Ian Morris.

Don’t forget to check out www.audioculture.co.nz after May 31, where you’ll find a vast repository of NZ music history.

Steel has been penning his pungent prose for 40 years for publications too numerous to mention, most of them consigned to the annals of history. He is Witchdoctor's Editor-In-Chief/Music and Film Editor. He has strong opinions and remains unrepentant. Steel's full bio can be found here

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Give a little to support Witchdoctor's quest to save high quality independent journalism. It's easy and painless! Just donate $5 or $10 to our PressPatron account by clicking on the button below.

Witchdoctor straight to your inbox every 2nd week


Advance Paris - Designed with French flair. Amplifiers, Streamers, CD players and more www.pqimports.co.nz
Previous Story


Next Story


Latest from Interviews

Perfect Pitch

Twenty-five years ago GARY STEEL met up with wayward Kiwi electronic duo Pitch Black for a nice chat. A NZ Music Month special.

Mike Oldfield with bells on

Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells is over 50 years old but still sounds fresh. GARY STEEL chats with the man behind the upcoming Auckland performance
Go toTop