Who Wants to Lead the Band? is an album of very funny, very skewed pop from guitarist Tim Young and keyboard player Paul Moore. The songs were all recorded within hours of being written, and are generally the first complete takes. And boy, do they cover a lot of musical bases. There's pseudo- bossa nova ("I Ate Too Much"), the almost Prince-like "Misery," the pompous and majestic "Oh Kings," the tender "Shania" along with a loungey interlude ("Swanky Hallway 1") and the hilarious "Smoker." There are bells, fake bagpipes, programmed beats, toy piano and who knows what else in addition to your basic rock instrumentation. Freewheeling, often bizarre and quite funny, Who Wants to Lead the Band? is a great slice of pop music at its strangest.
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AllMusic Review by Sean Westergaard