Tucker's Daughter

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

"Tucker's Daughter"
Tuckers Daughter.jpg
Single by Ian Moss
from the album Matchbook
B-side "Islands"
Released 7 November 1988 (1988-11-07)[1]
Recorded September 1988
Studio Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles
Genre Rock
Length 4:36
Label Mushroom
Ian Moss singles chronology
"Tucker's Daughter"
"Telephone Booth"

"Tucker's Daughter" is the debut single by Australian rock singer and guitarist, Ian Moss. It was released in November 1988[1] almost five years after his group, Cold Chisel, had disbanded for the first time. It is co-written by Moss and Don Walker (also from Cold Chisel).[2][3][4] The song was the lead single from Moss' debut studio album, Matchbook (1989).

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1990 "Tucker's Daughter" was nominated for three awards and won two; Breakthrough Artist – Single and Song of the Year. The song was also nominated for Single of the Year.[5]

Background and lyrics[edit]

The lyrics of "Tucker's Daughter" tell the story of a farm labourer who finds himself the attention of his employer's daughter, but he does not return her affections.

Moss had initially written the music to the song less than a fortnight before recording on his debut album was about to commence. He said, "I was pretty confident I had a good hit here. I was literally running around the house going 'yahoo!', jumping up and clicking my heels."[6]

Walker described in 2005 how Moss had sent him pieces of music including certain phrases that he wanted included in places within the song, "Ian sent "Tucker's Daughter" on a cassette [by] express airmail from Los Angeles where he was, and he had the melody but the only lyric he had was, 'Hey there, motherfucker.' Right through the rest of the song. I couldn't use that, but I recognised that it had a certain percussive force".[7]

In September 2007 Moss told a reporter at The Herald Sun newspaper that he was dissatisfied with his entry at Wikipedia: "About 95 per cent of the stories I read say Don Walker wrote it, but I wrote it too. I wrote the music and the punch line. 'Build me up, tear me down'. I'm not sure how to edit Wikipedia, but I will get on to that and change it."[4]

Music video[edit]

The start of the video depicts Tucker's daughter, a young woman, played by Tasma Walton, walking through a field. Several scenes feature Ian Moss singing and playing his guitar inside a barn. Although Moss does not react to the woman's affection in the lyrics; three black and white scenes during the video depict the two having a romantic encounter.

Track listing[edit]

7" Single (K690)

  • Side A "Tucker's Daughter" - 4:35
  • Side B "Islands" - 4:42


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Australia (ARIA)[10] 15
Australian Artist (ARIA) 2


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[11] Platinum 70,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Australian Music Report No 745 – 7 November 1988 > New Releases: Singles". Imgur.com (original document published by Australian Music Report). Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "'Tucker's Daughter' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 February 2017.  Note: For additional work user may have to select 'Search again' and then 'Enter a title:' or 'Performer:'
  3. ^ Moss, Ian; Walker, Don (1988). "'Tucker's Daughter'". Mushroom Records. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 'Tucker's Daughter' / Ian Moss – Don Walker: [performed by] Ian Moss. 'Islands' / [written and performed by] Ian Moss .
  4. ^ a b "Moss wants no.1 credit". The Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. 17 September 2007. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Winners by Year 1990". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Greg Taylor (20 August 1989). "Moss in charge". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 142. 
  7. ^ Kruger, Debbie (2005). Songwriters Speak: Conversations About Creating Music. Balmain, NSW: Limelight Press. p. 285. ISBN 0-9757080-3-1. 
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Ian Moss – TUCKER'S DAUGHTER". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – Ian Moss – TUCKER'S DAUGHTER". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  10. ^ "ARIA 1989 singles chart". ARIA. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  11. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.