From “Tops of the Pops” by Rick Cornell
With his grandly named Chandler Travis Philharmonic , Incredible Casuals’ mainstay Travis unveils the long-sought (by me anyway) link that connects NRBQ, They Might Be Giants, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Some have labeled the sax-, trumpet-, and trombone-drenched pop found on Let’s Have A Pancake! “alternative Dixieland,” but I just call it good, clean, horny fun. Adding to the NRBQ ambiance are guest appearances from Terry Adams on “What’ll It Be,” which sounds like Randy Newman auditioning for the Q, and Al Anderson on the tasty “Got to Let Go Sometime.” And, okay, adding fuel to the alternative Dixieland fire is a romp through “Hello Dolly” that’s sneaks in between a couple cuts. Best of all is the goofy sing-along “Chandler Travis, King of the World.” When you have your own Philharmonic, there’s very little room for modesty.