Blotto was an unlikely success story. The band formed in 1978 in Albany, New York and built a small following over the next couple of years. Named after a dog in the 1931 Thorne Smith novel The Night Life of the Gods, the group used pseudonyms -- all with the last name Blotto (a nod to the Ramones). Their comedy-infused new wave was not totally out of place with acts like the B-52s and The Tubes leading to gigs in metro New York (coincidentally, the headquarters of MTV).
In 1980, the band cut an EP - Hello, My Name Is Blotto, What's Yours and worked with some students at SUNY Albany to make a video of "I Wanna Be A Lifeguard." The result is below. In retrospect, videos with any kind of story were rare in the early days of MTV, giving the band a leg up.
Unfortunately, this early exposure did not lead to a huge amount of success as MTV was just starting its meteoric rise. Blotto did release some additional work including an LP (1983's Combo Akimbo) before breaking up in 1984. The surviving members of the group (bassist "Cheese Blotto" (Keith Stephenson) passed away in 1999) continue to perform periodically as of this writing.