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Ian Moss

Ian Moss
Performing with Cold Chisel
AIS Arena, Canberra, November 2011
Background information
Birth name Ian Richard Moss
Born (1955-03-20) 20 March 1955
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Genres Rock, blues
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1969–present
Labels Liberation, Mushroom
Associated acts The Scene
Anger and Tears
Cold Chisel
Catfish
Website .au.comianmoss
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Gibson Byrdland

Ian Richard Moss (born 20 March 1955) is an Australian rock musician from Alice Springs. He is the founding mainstay guitarist and occasional singer of Cold Chisel. In that group's initial eleven year phase from 1973 to 1984, Moss was recorded on all five studio albums, three of which reached number one on the national Kent Music Report Albums Chart. In August 1989 he released his debut solo album, Matchbook, which peaked at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart. It was preceded by his debut single, "Tucker's Daughter", which reached number two on the related ARIA Singles Chart in March. The track was co-written by Moss with Don Walker, also from Cold Chisel. Moss had another top ten hit with "Telephone Booth" in June 1989.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1990 Moss won five categories: Album of the Year, Best Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist – Album, Single of the Year and Breakthrough Artist – Single. Since then his solo music career has been more low-key, his other top 50 albums are Worlds Away (November 1991), Let's all Get Together (July 2007) and Soul on West 53rd (November 2009). In 1993 Cold Chisel, with Moss as a member, were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Moss has participated with periodic Cold Chisel reunion tours or new studio albums in 1998, 2003 and from 2009 to 2012 (as from August 2013).

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Cold Chisel first phase (1973–1984) 2
  • Solo career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Discography 5
    • Albums 5.1
    • Singles 5.2
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Ian Richard Moss was born on 20 March 1955 in Alice Springs, to Geoffery Moss (18 April 1911 – 1989) and Lorna (née Robinson) (born ca. 1922).[A] During World War II Geoffery survived the 1942 bombing of Darwin, he enlisted in the army and later worked for the Allied Works Council in Alice Springs.[1][2] Lorna was a fellow employee at Allied Works Council when they married in September 1945.[1][3]

Moss has an older brother, Peter Geoffrey Moss (born 8 October 1948),[4][5] an older sister, Penny (born 30 July 1951), and a younger brother, Andrew (born Jul 13th 1961).[4][6][7] When Moss was four years-old he performed for his family and friends and at nine, sang "The Battle of New Orleans" at a school concert.[8][9] He later recalled "I was always keen on music and singing. I used to do little vocal concerts for my parents".[9] Moss initially took piano lessons but switched to guitar at age 11:[10] "My older sister was learning classical piano and my older brother was a good rhythm strummer and right into Bob Dylan. I started off with classical piano aged about 7 or 8, but unfortunately wasn't into it enough".[8]

In 1969 he joined a local band, The Scene, which included two brothers, Robert and John Fortunaso.[11] Moss played rhythm guitar by plugging an acoustic guitar into the bass player's amplifier. The Scene played at local centres and organised their own dances. Moss sang a couple of songs with the group and a year later, he bought an electric guitar to replace his acoustic. Moss recalled, "I was with them for about a year and by that time I was starting to get my own band happening".[4]

The following year he formed Hot Ice with Roger Harris - guitar, David Michel - drums, Wayne Sanderson - Bass and Paul Wiles - keyboards.[11] The group debuted in front of the whole school at the Alice Springs High School regular Friday assembly which took place in the Alice Springs Youth Centre with cover versions of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" and "Who'll Stop the Rain".[4] There after they regularly played at the Youth Centre Saturday night dances. [4] In 1972, Moss relocated to Adelaide – where his older siblings had already moved. Moss had failed a year of high school and decided to repeat at Marion High School. In 1973 he started an Electronics course at Kilkenny Technical College but "lasted one term there ... totally daydreaming the whole time", he left and worked in various factory jobs.[7]

Cold Chisel first phase (1973–1984)

In September 1973 Ian Moss, on guitar and lead vocals, formed a rock group, Orange, in Adelaide with

  • Official website

External links

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  2. ^ "Certificate for Geoffery Moss".  
  3. ^ a b "Family Notices".  
  4. ^ a b c d e f "All Alone Playing Rock Solo Ian Moss". Official Cold Chisel Website. Archived from the original on 14 December 2004. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Family Notices".  
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  8. ^ a b c "Ian Moss Biography09" ( 
  9. ^ a b c d e Hamey, Sharyn (5 February 2013). "Interview: Ian Moss". rockclub40. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Kennedy, Sharon (12 November 2004). "Ian Moss from Cold Chisel to Solo Career".  
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Holmgren, Magnus (2007). "Ian Moss".  
  12. ^ a b c d Holmgren, Magnus; Shoppee, Philip (2007). "Cold Chisel".  
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j McFarlane, 'Cold Chisel' entry at the Wayback Machine (archived April 19, 2004). Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
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  18. ^ Bow River' at APRA search engine"'".  
  19. ^ Lynch, Jo (5 April 2012). "Cold Chisel Legend Ian Moss Explains Story Behind 'Bow River' Photo".  
  20. ^ Never Before' at APRA search engine"'".  
  21. ^ No Good for You' at APRA search engine"'".  
  22. ^ Holmgren, Magnus (2007). "Peter Walker".  
  23. ^ Tucker's Daughter' at APRA search engine"'".  
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  26. ^   Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
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  28. ^ a b c d e f Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ian Moss". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
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  30. ^ "Top Singles of 1989". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  31. ^ a b "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 1990: 4th Annual ARIA Awards".  
  32. ^ a b "1990 ARIA Award Winners". ALLdownunder.com. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  33. ^ a b "ARIA 2008 Hall of Fame Inductees Listing".  
  34. ^ a b "Winners by Award: Hall of Fame".  
  35. ^ a b c d Worlds Away (Media notes). Ian Moss.  
  36. ^ a b Moss, Ian;  
  37. ^ "Top Singles of 1991". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  38. ^ We're All Gunna Die (Media notes). Don Walker. Salt Records. 1995. Salt 01. 
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  40. ^ Red Sand' at APRA search engine"'".  
  41. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Cold Chisel". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
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  43. ^ "Cheap Whine for Another Rock Around the Block".  
  44. ^ a b Moss, Ian (2005), Six Strings, Liberation Blue.  
  45. ^ Cox, Tim (23 November 2005). by Ian Moss: Disc of the Week :: Music Review"Six Strings".  
  46. ^ a b Moss, Ian (2007), Let's all Get Together, Mosstrooper, Liberation (distributor).  
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  50. ^ Neil, Alicia (22 April 2008). "It Takes Two"Virginia and Ian Depart .  
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  52. ^ a b "Soul on West 53rd".  
  53. ^ Cowle, Jane (9 May 2010). "Performer – Ian Moss".  
  54. ^ Marnie, Simon; Moss, Ian (9 May 2010). "Performer – Ian Moss – Audio Interview" (mp3).  
  55. ^ Sarhanis, Antonios (18 November 2009). "Soul on West 53rd"Ian Moss and . Anagrammatically Correct. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
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  57. ^ "Cold Chisel Rock Race Fans".  
  58. ^ "Cold Chisel at Deni Ute Muster".  
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  62. ^ Scatena, Dino (15 October 2011). "Sparks Fly as Chisel Digs into Its Rock Past".  
  63. ^ Hodgson, Peter (6 April 2012). "Interview: Cold Chisel's Ian Moss". I Heart Guitar (Peter Hodgson). Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  64. ^ a b "Cold Chisel Return to the Studio".  
  65. ^ Quinn, Karl (17 May 2012). "Long Way to the Top but Young's Done It".  
  66. ^ "Ian Moss July 2013". Starr Special Events. July 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  67. ^ Curley, Wendy Lloyd (7 December 2006). "John Prior from Matt Finish". Hotsource. Retrieved 9 August 2013. There's Megan Williams, the actress from The Sullivans who was with Ian Moss. I wrote some songs for her in the mid-eighties – she died of cancer . John Prior.
  68. ^ a b "The Sullivans"Megan Williams: Australian Actor Best Known for Her Role as Alice Sullivan in . Classic Aussie Soaps. Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  69. ^ Wallen, Doug (28 November 2012). "'"Mark Opitz: 'They Aren't Mark Opitz's Cold Chisel. Mess+Noise.  
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General
  • Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.  
Specific

References

  1. ^
    • For full name see Australasian Performing Rights Association source for songwriter of "Answer Machine Blues".[72]
    • For date and place of birth see Kevin Schluter in Bulletin with Newsweek.[73]
    • For parents' names see The Advertiser Family Notices at National Library of Australia.[3]
    • Additional detail from Ian Moss Biography supplied by his management,[8] and Cold Chisel's Official Website.[4]
    • Geoff's lifespan according to Matchbook‍ '​s album notes dedication,[29] and Government of Northern Territory's Place Names Register for Geoff Moss Bridge.[1]
    • For mother's approximate year of birth see Angela Catterns interview on Conversation Hour where Moss says "she was 21 ... in about 1943".[7]

Notes

Other appearances:

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
ARIA
[27]
NZ
RIANZ
[28]
"Tucker's Daughter" 1989 2 6 Matchbook
"Telephone Booth" 1989 7 29
"Out of the Fire" 29
"Mr Rain" 64
"She's a Star" 1991 74 Worlds Away
"Slip Away" 56
"Never Give Up"
"Poor Boy" 1996 Petrolhead
"Petrol Head"
"All Alone on a Rock"
"Message from Baghdad" 2005 Six Strings
"Love Will Carry Us Along"
"Let's all Get Together" 2007 Let's all Get Together
"Happy Day"
"Shake" 2009 Soul on West 53rd
"Work to Do"
"You're Welcome, Stop on By"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles

List of albums, with selected chart positions.
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
ARIA
[27]
NZ
RIANZ
[28]
Matchbook
  • Released: August 1989[29]
  • Label: Mushroom Records (TVL 93307, TVC 93307, TVD 93307)
  • Formats: LP, MC, CD
1 19
Worlds Away
  • Released: October 1991[35]
  • Label: Mushroom Records (TVD 93350)
  • Formats: CD
42 50
Petrolhead
  • Released: August 1996[11][17]
  • Label: TWA Records (TWAD107)
  • Formats: CD
Ian Moss Box Set
  • Released: 1997[11][17]
  • Label: TWA Records (TWAX403)
  • Formats: CD box set
Ian Moss Live
  • Released: 1998[11][17][39]
  • Label: TWA Records (TWAD404)
  • Formats: CD live album
Six Strings
  • Released: 2005[11][44]
  • Label: Liberation Blue (BLUE0842)
  • Formats: CD live album
Let's all Get Together
  • Released: July 2007[11][46]
  • Label: Mosstrooper, Liberation Blue (BLUE148.5)
  • Formats: CD
49
Soul on West 53rd
  • Released: October 2009[11][51]
  • Label: Mosstrooper, Liberation Blue (LMCD0052)
  • Formats: CD
40
Greatest Hits Acoustic
  • Released: August 2011[70][71]
  • Label: Liberation Music (LMCD0180)
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Albums

Discography

Moss and his partner, Margeaux Rolleston, have a son, Julian Moss – Six Strings has an instrumental track, "Song for Julian".

Ian Moss was in a de facto relationship with Australian actress Megan Williams[67] for eleven years until they split up in the 1990s.[68] Williams supplied backing vocals on Cold Chisel's "Flame Trees" (August 1984).[69] Williams died on 17 April 2000 of breast cancer, aged 43.[68]

Personal life

In 2012 he made a guest appearance on the TV soap opera, Neighbours, playing a gig at Charlie's Bar. The episode was broadcast in the United Kingdom in October. In May that year Australian Guitar magazine listed Moss at number-three on their Definitive Top Ten Australian Guitarists of All Time.[65] In January 2013 Moss, as a solo artist, joined the Red Hot Summer Tour, headlining that tour was Barnes.[9] During June Cold Chisel announced they were in a recording studio.[64] Moss followed with his own Australian tour starting in July.[66]

In December 2009 Cold Chisel reconvened for a gig at Stadium Australia.[56][57] In October 2010 Cold Chisel appeared at the Deni ute muster.[58] Alongside their old work they premiered new material and announced they were working on another studio album.[59] Recording of Cold Chisel's album, No Plans, was disrupted when Steven Prestwich was diagnosed with a brain tumour and died on 16 January 2011, aged 56.[60][61] In October the group replaced Prestwich with former Divinyls drummer, Charley Drayton,[62] and the album was issued in April 2012.[60] Aside from lead guitar and backing vocals, Moss provided lead vocals on two tracks, "Too Late" and "Summer Moon".[63] Cold Chisel supported the release with a national tour and then, in June, with performances in London.[9][64]

Moss travelled to New York in August 2008 to record his next album, Soul on West 53rd,[51] which is a collection of mainly soul songs from the 1960s and 1970s. It was produced by Danny Korthmar,[52] and featured Steve Jordan, Neil Jason, Leon Pendarvis and Hugh McCracken.[53][54] It was released in October 2009 and peaked in the top 40 in Australia.[27] [52] Antonios Sarhanis at Anagrammatically Correct felt it was a "good collection of covers, but why bother when the better originals are so freely available?".[55]

Moss' next album, Let's all Get Together, was released in July 2007 on his own label, Mosstrooper (distributed by Liberation).[46] It contained acoustic cover versions of Cold Chisel tracks and material written by Moss and/or his former band mates Walker, Prestwich and Small.[47][48] The album reached the top 50 on the ARIA Albums Chart in October.[27] From February to April 2008 Moss appeared on the third series of Australian TV celebrity singing contest, It Takes Two, where he was partnered by actress, Virginia Gay – they finished in the top three.[49][50]

Beginning in May 2003 another Cold Chisel tour, Ringside, resulted in a 2× CD live album of the same name in November, which had been recorded at four gigs in June.[14][42][43] During 2005 Moss provided 16 acoustic tracks for another album, Six Strings, for Liberation Music's label Liberation Blue,[11][44] it was recorded live and included material from his time with Cold Chisel, his solo releases and cover versions of Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival tracks.[45] To support the release Moss undertook an extensive joint tour of Australia co-headlining with Jon Stevens (ex-Noiseworks, INXS). The same year he provided guitar on Barnes' solo album, Double Happiness (July 2005).

From October 1997 to June 1998 Cold Chisel reunited to record a new studio album, The Last Wave of Summer (October 1998), and subsequently performed live.[13] Moss co-wrote the album track, "Red Sand", with his brother Peter and Cal Curtis.[40] The reunion was successful, resulting in sold out concerts with the album debuting at number one on the ARIA chart.[41] Its three singles, "The Things I Love in You" (August), "Water into Wine" and "Way Down" (January 1999), also charted.[41]

Moss' third solo album, Petrolhead, was released in August 1996, which was produced by Don Walker for TWA Records.[11][17] For this album Moss used Walker on keyboards with Paul DeMarco on drums (ex-Rose Tattoo), Ian Rilen on bass guitar (from X), and Trent Williamson on harmonica.[17] McFarlane declared it was "his best-ever album ... [by] a down'n'dirty blues-rock outfit ... with gritty, hard-edged tracks ... [and] finely honed guitar work".[17] Two singles were issued, "All Alone on a Rock" and "Poor Boy", but neither charted.[17] It was re-released the following year as Ian Moss Box Set with an additional live CD, Ian Moss Live, the live disc was issued separately in 1998.[11][17] Those live tracks had been recorded during 1996 to 1997 on his national tour supporting Petrolhead, with Rilen replaced by Paul Wheeler on bass guitar mid-tour.[11][17][39]

Also that year Moss played in Don Walker's band Catfish, contributing guitar to their album, Ruby. Subsequently he made guest appearances on albums by The Black Sorrows' Better Times (1992) on a track called "Ain't Love the Strangest Thing", Richard Clapton's Distant Thunder (1993), on Barnes' solo album, Heat (1993),[11] the first time he had worked with Barnes in ten years. In June 1994 he provided lead guitar on the title track of Don Walker's solo album, We're All Gunna Die (1995).[11][38] In 1993 Cold Chisel, with Moss as a member, were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.[33][34]

Worlds Away was co-produced by Moss and former backing band mate, Peter Walker.[17][35][36] Moss co-wrote most of the tracks with Don Walker but also individual tracks with other writers: Huey Benjamin (also on percussion); John and Sally Tiven; and Eris O'Brien.[35][36] The album provided three singles, "Slip Away" (May), "She's a Star" (September) and "Never Give Up" (November);[17] both "Slip Away" and "She's a Star" reached the ARIA Top 100.[37]

In October 1991 Moss delivered his second album, Worlds Away, which featured "songs largely co-written with Don Walker in the soul/R&B vein".[17] It reached the top 50 on both the ARIA and New Zealand charts.[27][28] For the recording sessions Moss used his backing band of Chris Bekker on bass guitar, Claude Caranza on rhythm guitar (ex-Kids in the Kitchen), Ricky Edwards on keyboards and Davey Porter on drums.[17][35]

Moss at the ARIA Hall of Fame in Melbourne in July 2008.
At the ARIA Music Awards of 1990 Moss won five categories Album of the Year, Best Male Artist and Breakthrough Artist – Album for Matchbook; and Single of the Year and Breakthrough Artist – Single for "Tucker's Daughter".[17][31][32] In 1993 Cold Chisel, with Moss as a member, were inducted into the Hall of Fame.[33][34]

Two further singles, "Out of the Fire" and "Mr. Rain" were released from the album and both charted on the Australian top 100.[17][27][30] At the ARIA Music Awards of 1990 Moss won five categories Album of the Year, Best Male Artist and Breakthrough Artist – Album for Matchbook; and Single of the Year and Breakthrough Artist – Single for "Tucker's Daughter".[17][31][32] His touring band in support of Matchbook consisted of Ian Belton on bass guitar (ex-QED), Randy Bulpin on rhythm guitar (ex-Mondo Rock), Danny D'Costa on keyboards, Steve Fearnley on drums and Mark Williams on backing vocals.[17]

Moss' second single, "Telephone Booth", was issued in mid-1989 and reached number seven on the ARIA Singles Chart,[27] and top 30 in New Zealand.[28] Matchbook, followed in August, which reached number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, it remained at the peak spot for three weeks.[17][27] In New Zealand it reached the top 20 on the albums chart.[28] Matchbook was produced by Moss and Lord-Alge; it was dedicated "in loving memory of Geoff Moss 1911–1989".[29] 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".[17]

During 1988 Moss worked in Los Angeles for nine months preparing material for his debut album, Matchbook.[17] Late that year he issued his debut single, "Tucker's Daughter", which was co-written with Don Walker.[23][24][25] It had been recorded in September at Ocean Way Studio with co-production by Moss and Chris Lord-Alge (James Brown) for Mushroom Records.[17] In March the following year it reached number one on the Kent Music Report and number two on the ARIA Singles Chart.[26][27] "Tucker's Daughter" peaked at number six on the New Zealand Singles Chart.[28]

After Cold Chisel disbanded, Ian Moss took a break from the music industry before launching his solo career in October 1986.[17] His first backing band consisted of Andy Cowan on keyboards (ex-Madder Lake, Ayers Rock, Kevin Borich Express), Joe Imbroll on bass guitar (ex-Goanna) and John Watson on drums (ex-Kevin Borich Express, Australian Crawl).[17] By April the following year the line-up was Watson, Joe Creighton on bass guitar (ex-Melissa, Billy T) and Peter Walker on guitar and synthesiser (ex-Bakery)[17] – Walker had also produced Cold Chisel's debut album in 1978.[22]

Solo career

During Cold Chisel's first phase, Moss gained status as a songwriter, contributing "Never Before"[20] for East (June 1980), the track was the first one aired by national radio station Triple J when it switched from AM to FM in 1980. Another Moss-written track is "No Good for You" on Circus Animals.[21] He also worked as a session musician for other artists,[11] including playing a guitar solo on the track "Skin" from the album Icehouse (October 1980) by Sydney new wave band Flowers and an appearance on Richard Clapton's The Great Escape (March 1982),[11] which also featured Barnes.

Moss sang lead on the group's version of "Barking Spiders Live: 1983. Their fifth studio album, Twentieth Century, was issued in April 1984 with two tracks, "Saturday Night" and "Janelle", featuring Moss on lead vocals.[13] However the group had disbanded as Barnes was keen to begin his solo career.[13][14]

Moss' vocals feature on some of the band's best known songs, including the singles "My Baby" (August 1980), "When the War Is Over" (1982), and "Saturday Night" (March 1984) and on Circus Animals (March 1982) album track, "Bow River".[17] Moss wrote "Bow River"[18] about a llama station in the Northern Territory where his brother, Peter, had once worked; it has since become Moss' signature tune.[19] It was also the B-side of "Forever Now", which was released in the same month as the album.

Moss on the Cold Chisel Last Stand Tour, 1983

Moss' main role was as lead guitarist, although he would frequently take over lead vocals when Barnes was out of the band.[13][14][15] After periods spent in Adelaide, Armidale and Melbourne, Cold Chisel eventually settled in Sydney in mid-1977 and signed a recording contract with WEA late that year.[13][14] Early the following year they recorded their self-titled debut album, which appeared in April.[12][13][14] Moss supplied lead vocals for two tracks, "One Long Day" and "Rosaline".[16] "One Long Day" was also the B-side of their debut single, "Khe Sanh", issued in June.

[14][13][12].Phil Small In 1975 Kaczmarek was replaced on bass guitar by [14][13] The group's early line-up was volatile with Barnes, Prestwich and Walker all leaving and returning at various times.[14][13][12][9].Cold Chisel on lead vocals, and they were renamed, Jim Barnes on drums and Steve Prestwich Within months the line-up included [14][13][12]

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