The Star Spangled Washboard Band drew its sound from many influences, not the least of which was underground cartoonist Robert (R.) Crumb. Crumb's subversive, absurdist style, mixed with his love of old banjo/washboard music, made his comix required reading in the band. One particular comic was "The Many Faces of R. Crumb", a kind of self-portrait, showing Mr. Crumb in several of his many personalities One such personality was "Out-of-it, dull witted fool". Sarge would later use this phrase in "I Wanna Be A Lifeguard" to describe all the people next July he was going to say goodbye to.

Audio clip of "Lifeguard" (wav file)

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