"There were people saying 'at last!! Jeez, take your time mate!' My father came from Broome and so it was probably more a bit of Broome time." (I relate how, on arrival in Western Australia a few years ago, I was told that 'WA' stood for 'wait awhile'. "That's a good one, but you wait even longer if you're up at Broome!")
The record-buying public clearly felt the single and the album that followed were worth the wait. Tucker's Daughter found its way to the top of the charts in no time, and on its release in the second half of 1989, the Matchbook album also reached No. 1 and ultimately sold over 200,000 copies. Other songs from the album, such as Telephone Booth and Such a Beautiful Thing, remain favourites among Moss' fans today.
"I try to keep a strong hat-tip towards the blues in what I did then and today, but obviously I'm looking to make it commercial enough to make it a memorable pop song."
I was keen to hear how Moss had spent the years between 1983 and 1988. He was honest in saying that he was able to enjoy "a fair bit of holiday time! I was lucky enough to be in a position where I didn't have to race out and get a factory job again. Just a lot of fun playing, different line ups together. I was kind of strictly non-Chisel for a while because I knew I was going to cop that attitude of always 'play Khe Sahn' (from the crowd) and I strongly wanted to avoid that. Between being out there gigging and keeping my hand in, jumping on a couple of theory books to keep the learning process up, it all went pretty quickly."