Right, get this, Essex isn’t all about TOWIE, the sugar hut or Colchester being the first capital of Roman Britain. No, it’s not, Essex also has the Wetherspoons dwelling enigmatic former Londoners, The 1957 Tail- Fin Fiasco. Named after a fiasco of the Cadillac in 1957. Anyway, previous EP/Albums Cruise Control, Private Jet Flashback and the 3 Song EP show a sense of humour with immense enjoyment.
So now, Not for Everyone has been made available on free download. Their style is of the 70s rock mould, the fine entanglement of connection with Steely Dan. This ten-track album is proper grown up music.
Everyone needs to play the harmonica, and 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco do, on opening track “15 Hands”. “Cold Cuts” mentions Drapers Field, a playing field used for school sports day in Leyton and how the area is changing from greasy spoon to focaccia bread. The thing is with Tail-Fin their writing is exceptional with wonderful humour.
Their lyrics are special. Their knack of getting you caught in the moment such as with “The Fisherman” a sensate track about a gentleman by the name of Jimmy Rowe, who they met at a NYE party back in the day.
I love “Swings & Roundabouts” this track took me back to days of old, days of games such as boundaries.
“There were rainbows in my mouth and I kept spiders in my hair
We didn’t care for watching clocks or entertain a double dare.
We were the kings of Summer and life had just begun.”
“Pour a pitcher of kiora that will never touch our sides
Then sparks fly high from green-flash runners, laces are untied
We were the kings of Summer and life had just begun. “
A touch of Spain, with tango, salsa or delectable tapas stamping in with “65 Rioja”. “Vista Familiar” comes at us with the Harmonica intro. There is a mix of vocals, harmonica and piano throughout that works so well. It’s a catchy tune with elements of regressing back to Gallows Corner.
Not for Everyone as an album is different to their previous full length record. Their song writing is still far better than what you may hear out there. Their tunes are catchy, mesmerising in fact. I’ve been very disappointed that the 1957 tail-fin fiasco as a band are not commented on more often. They are grown up blokes, playing grown up music.