Matchbook (Ian Moss album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Matchbook Ian Moss.jpg
Studio album by Ian Moss
Released August 1989
Recorded September 1988 to January 1989
Studio Rhinoceros Studios, Sydney and Oceanways Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Rock, Pop Rock, Blues rock
Label Mushroom Records
Producer Chris Lord-Alge, Ian Moss
Ian Moss chronology
Worlds Away
(1991)Worlds Away1991
Singles from Matchbook
  1. "Tucker's Daughter"
    Released: November 1988
  2. "Telephone Booth"
    Released: June 1989
  3. "Out of the Fire"
    Released: September 1989
  4. "Mr. Rain"
    Released: December 1989

Matchbook is the debut studio album by Australian singer Ian Moss, a former member of Cold Chisel. The album featured several songs written for him by Don Walker, also from Cold Chisel. The album was released in August 1989 and peaked at number 1 on the ARIA Charts.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1990 the album was nominated and won three awards; Album of the Year, Best Male Artist and Breakthrough Artist – Album.[1]


Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, found the album displayed Moss' "exemplary, controlled guitar technique, but also highlighted his soulful voice ... [he] handled all lead vocals with considerable style and authority".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tucker's Daughter" Don Walker, Ian Moss 4:35
2. "Telephone Booth" Walker 3:04
3. "Out of the Fire" Walker, Moss 4:58
4. "Mr. Rain" Moss, Sally Tiven, Jon Tiven 4:20
5. "Matchbook" Walker 4:33
6. "Such a Beautiful Thing" Walker 3:59
7. "I've Got You" Walker, Moss, Steve Prestwich 5:15
8. "Pretty Face" Walker 5:25
9. "Tangletown" Walker 4:17
10. "I'll Remember You" Walker 4:27


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1989/90) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[3] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[4] 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[5] 22
Australian Artist Albums (ARIA) 6


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] 2× Platinum 140,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Hysteria by Def Leppard
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
14 August - 3 September 1989
Succeeded by
The Premiere Collection
by Andrew Lloyd Webber


  1. ^ "Winners by Year 1990". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  2. ^ McFarlane, 'Ian Moss' entry at the Wayback Machine (archived 28 June 2004)
  3. ^ " – Ian Moss – MATCHBOOK". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ " – Ian Moss – MATCHBOOK". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ "1989 ARIA Albums Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1989 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.