1989 Ian Moss – Matchbook

Matchbook is the debut solo studio album by Australian singer-guitarist, Ian Moss, a member of pub rockers, Cold Chisel. Six of its ten tracks were written by fellow Cold Chisel bandmate, Don Walker, and three were co-written by Moss and Walker. The album was released in August 1989 and peaked at number 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart; it remained in the Top 10 for 14 weeks and shipped more than 200,000 copies. It also reached the Top 20 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart.

Moss described the album’s sound to Beryl Cook of The Canberra Times, “it’s definitely fairly R&B with a white soul edge to it, with a hint of rock and roll and plenty of big guitar over the top.”

Matchbook provided four singles, “Tucker’s Daughter” (November 1988, which reached No. 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart), “Telephone Booth” (June 1989, No. 7), “Out of the Fire” (September, No. 29) and “Mr. Rain” (December). “Tucker’s Daughter” also peaked at No. 6 in New Zealand, where “Telephone Booth” got to No. 29.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1990 the album was nominated for and won three categories: Album of the Year, Best Male Artist and Breakthrough Artist – Album for Moss. At the same ceremony, for “Tucker’s Daughter”, Moss won Breakthrough Artist – Single and Song of the Year (shared with Walker), as well as nominated for Single of the Year


1  Tucker’s Daughter (Ian Moss; Don Walker) 04:36
2  Telephone Booth (Don Walker) 03:03
3  Out Of The Fire (Ian Moss; Don Walker) 04:35
4  Mr. Rain (Ian Moss; Jon Tiven; Sally Tiven) 04:21
5  Matchbook (Don Walker) 04:33
6  Such A Beautiful Thing (Don Walker) 03:58
7  I’ve Got You (Ian Moss; Don Walker; Steve Prestwich) 05:14
8  Pretty Face (Don Walker) 05:25
9  Tangletown (Don Walker) 04:17
10  I’ll Remember You (Don Walker) 04:27


BassIan Belton
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarIan Moss
KeyboardsDanny D’Costa
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsMark Williams
Background VocalsMark Punch
Background VocalsDanny D’Costa
VocalsIan Moss

Other Musicians

1 Tucker’s Daughter

BassNeil Stubenhaus
Background VocalsPhil Roy

2 Telephone Booth

DrumsSteve Prestwich

5 Matchbook

DrumsSteve Prestwich

6 Such A Beautiful Thing

BassDon Walker
KeyboardsDon Walker

Liner Notes

Producer – Chris Lord-Alge, Ian Moss
Engineer – Chris Lord-Alge
Engineer (Assistant) – Brendan Morley, Jeff Lord-Alge
Mixed By – Chris Lord-Alge

Artwork, Photography – Adrienne Overall

Mixed At The Grey Room, LA, USA
Recorded At Rhonoceros Recordings, Sydney, Australia
Recorded At Oceanway Studios, LA, USA
Phonographic Copyright Mushroom Records Pty Ltd
Copyright Mushroom Records Pty Ltd