The Waitresses









The Waitresses

The Waitresses

experimental New Wave band which was formed in the early 1980's. The band was from Kent, Ohio, United States. Chris Butler was the leader of the band and Patty Donahue was the lead vocalist for the band. The band only existed from 1981 to 1983 and their most popular song was, I know What Boys Like. This song was featured on many New Wave compilation albums. It was also used on an episode of the tv cartoon called, The Simpsons. It is also used frequently on The Stephanie Miller Show. The band recorded the theme song for the cult TV show called, Square Pegs, in which Sarah Jessica Parker was the star when she was young. They also recorded the New Wave Christmas standard called, Christmas Wrapping. Christmas Wrapping was originally on the ZE Records original collection called, A Christmas Record. The song has also been covered by Save Ferris and the Spice Girls.

Chris Butler has a diverse musical interest and it shows with his use of the piano on the song, No Guilt, and his background vocals for the chorus on the song, Wise Up. His use of tape loops and short wave receiver on the song, Jimmy Tomorrow, and also on Make the Weather, which was taken from Hugo Ballís autobiography called, Flight Out of Time. The band released two albums, Wasnít Tomorrow Wonderful, released in 1982, and also Bruiseology, which was released in 1983. Both of the albums have been out of print for years and they never have been available on CD. The songs are now available on compilations. The Best of the Waitresses album was released on the Polydor record label in 1990 and in 2003 the 20th Century Masters-The Best of the Waitresses was released, also on the Polydor record label.

Colleen Fitzpatrick, also known as Vitamin C, re-recorded the song called, I Know What Boys Like for her second album called, More, in 2001.

Some of the other singles released by th Waitresses were, In Short Stack (released in 1978), Christmas Wrapping (released in 1981), I know What Boys Like (released in 1982), Make the Weather, Jimmy Tomorrow, and Wise Up. Their albums were, I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts (released in 1981), Wasnít Tomorrow Wonderful (1982), Bruiseology (1983), Make the Weather (1983, The Best of the Waitresses (1990), King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents the Waitresses (1997), and 20th Century Masters - The Best of the Waitresses (2003).

The band did not release much but they are remembered by their fans. They released 7 albums and at least 3 singles.