Novelty band out of Albany
, New York
, famous in the early '80s
for the songs "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard
" and "(I'm Turning Into a Heavy) Metal Head
." Blotto was a favorite of early, early MTV
-- we’re talking 1981
, the Martha Quinn
era, when they actually showed music videos
Band members were: Broadway Blotto (songwriting, singing, guitar), Sergeant Blotto (lead vocals), Bowtie Blotto (guitar, vocals), Cheese Blotto (bass) and Lee Harvey Blotto (drums). They combined the skinny-tie look with a likeable goofiness; you could tell this was not the guys' day job. Their first EP, Hello! My Name Is Blotto, What's Yours? was released on their own Blotto record label and featured near-illegible liner notes typed on the cover -- all capitals, courier font, no spaces -- describing the band's formation and introducing some of the local musicians who helped them out.
Their playing was actually good, although Lee Harvey left a bit to be desired, IMHO. The music was brisk, tight guitar pop with well executed harmony vocals, but most of the songs are more amusing than laugh-out-loud funny like their two hits were.
Broadway Blotto apparently was close with Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, lead guitarist for Blue Oyster Cult. Buck contributed some tasty guitar solo work to "Metal Head." Also, Broadway and Buck shared a writing credit for the song "Dragon Lady" on BOC’s album Revolution by Night.
Blotto discography, partly taken from the Trouser Press Record Guide, fourth edition:
The CD booklet to Collected Works
has a shrunken picture of the Hello!
album cover, the one with the near-illegible liner notes. It's a real eye chart