Blotto – “Hello! My Name Is Blotto. What’s Yours?” (1983)

Blotto were a late 1970s / early 1980s comedic band. Think Weird Al fronting Devo meets the Ramones (all the performers use the nom-de-nonsense Blotto as their last name). And their music video for “I Wanna Be A Lifeguard” (♠) appeared on MTV on the channel’s very first day on the air (see below). And that’s pretty freaking cool. I don’t recognize it, but feel like I must have seen it at some point during all those hours of MTV watching.


So there’s that.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this little four song EP when I found it at Georgetown Records. In fact, I’m not even sure why I bought it. But I’m kind of glad I did, because I’ll fully admit to having been all into Weird Al back in the day, so I’m no stranger to comedy rock. It’s all silly and goofy and ridiculous and awesome. Plus musically it isn’t half bad, with elements of pop, ska, and disco. And it has a bizzaro cover of “Stop: In the Name of Love.”

Well played, Blotto. Well played…

(♠) “I make more moves than Atlas Vanlines” might be one of the greatest lyrics ever.

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