|Genres:||Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||new wave 80s female vocalists post-punk pop|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Formed in 1978 in Akron, Ohio, USA, the Waitresses were a new wave/pop band that achieved moderate popularity after relocating to the New York area in the early 80s. Led by Chris Butler (guitar, ex-Tin Huey), the other members comprised Patty Donahue (d. 9 December 1996; vocals), Dan Klayman (keyboards), Mars Williams (saxophone), Tracy Warmworth (bass) and Billy Ficca (drums, ex-Television). After releasing an independent single on the Clone label in 1978, the Waitresses signed to the PolyGram Records subsidiary Ze Records in 1982. Their single I Know What Boys Like, which cast Donahue as a tease who delighted in not giving boys what they liked, was a popular dance hit in clubs and received substantial college radio airplay, reaching number 62 in the USA. The debut, Wasnt Tomorrow Wonderful?, on Polydor Records, received critical acclaim and was their highest-charting record at number 41. Their 1983 EP was issued in the USA under the title I...