Frontman: I'd have two, because I'm greedy that way: Stuart Murdoch (Belle and Sebastian) and Bry Webb (Constantines).
Songwriter: John K Samson (the Weakerthans). The man is one of the greatest poets in rock, possibly with the exception of Leonard Cohen, but Samson writes really really catchy tunes as well, while Cohen's are rather funeral dirge-like. (Plus, maybe we can get John's wife, Christine Fellows, to join us for some concerts - she's awesome too).
Drums: Matt Tong (Bloc Party), as already mentioned. That guy makes me want to be a drummer. Unleashed, militaristic rhythms - he makes it seem so easy.
Electric Guitar: Billy Talent from Hard Core Logo. Maybe not the best guitarist in the world, but what an interesting character! I don't care that he has a pop-punk band named after him. Who else could make Hugh Dillon shoot himself in the head?
Acoustic Guitar: Matthew Good. After this week's acoustic show, I maintain that nobody can play the hell out of an acoustic guitar like Matty can. Plus I see possibilities for dramarama when he clashes with the other guitarist in the band. Cause we all need some more drama in our lives.
Bass: Meegee (Limblifter). She's so cute and little - her bass is way bigger than she is.
Horn Section: Louis Prima and Chet Baker. They were so outstanding that they have to be in my band, even being dead.
Piano: Rufus Wainwright. Best sideburns in rock, sassy, and a great piano god. Makes me wish I were a gay man.
Go Go Dancers: I really want them to sing as well, of course, but I have to give them an official job that isn't already spoken for, and they are both sassy and wildly interpretive dancers - so Thom Yorke (Radiohead) and Morrissey (the Smiths) will dance for your enjoyment.
Cowbells and Tambourine: Me. Hey, it's my band; I get to play, too!
Frontwoman: Just realized that there is a dearth of women in this band. We can't have that, not when there are so many talented women in rock, so we'll add a couple of frontwomen for those boy-girl vocals and to add some much-needed progesterone to the mix. Neko Case (New Pornographers) - for obvious reasons - one of the most recognizable female vocals in rock and alt country with that outrageously powerful voice. Second female lead - in keeping with the example set by the boys of using polar opposites in sounds - Poly Styrene (X-Ray Specs) - another immediately recognizable voice, one that could melt paint off the wall.
We'd better stop there. This band is getting bigger than Polyphonic Spree. We wouldn't want anybody to get pushed off stage or anything, because then I'd have to call in my public relations spokesperson, Noel Gallagher (Oasis), with his diplomatic prowess to set things right. Can you imagine anything better than having Noel Gallagher as your spokesperson?
So those are my picks. Imagine there was a football pool going on at your office, only it was for the battle of the bands. Who would you pick for your dream team?