• Blotto
  • Across and Down EP (Blotto) 1980 
  • Hello! My Name Is Blotto. What's Yours? EP (Blotto) 1980 
  • Combo Akimbo (Blotto) 1982 
  • I Wanna Be a Lifeguard (Performance) 1987 

Albany, New York’s whimsical comic-pop sextet made a big splash with the silly summer song, “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard,” included on the first EP. All three original records have witty observations and skillfully played parodic music, but Blotto reached its peak on the pre-Spinal Tap brain-banger, “(I’m Turning into a Heavy) Metal Head,” from Combo Akimbo.

I Wanna Be a Lifeguard is a fair career summary, putting the best items from both EPs and Combo Akimbo on one easy-to-use record, with a bonus flexi-disc of “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard” (live) and a studio cut.

[Ira Robbins]