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The Waitresses were a band from Kent, Ohio in the United States. The group was led by Chris Butler, although lead vocals were performed by Patty Donahue. Donahue died of lung cancer on December 9, 1996, at the age of 40. They are best known for songs “I Know What Boys Like” (featured on countless multi-artist compilation albums), “Square Pegs” (the theme song to the cult TV show starring Sarah Jessica Parker), and their Christmas song “Christmas Wrapping.” The latter was originally available on the Ze Records original collection ‘A Christmas Record’. Considered to be a modern day Christmas classic, it has received more plays than any other Waitresses song.

Chris Butler’s diverse musical interests are apparent from the use of prepared piano on “No Guilt”, the micro-tonal background vocals on the chorus of “Wise Up”, and the tape loops and short wave receiver on “Jimmy Tomorrow”. As well, the title of track “Make The Weather” was taken from Hugo Ball’s autobiography ‘Flight out of Time’. The Waitresses explored various genres from to to to and more. In terms of songwriting, some reviewers have compared Butler to Elvis Costello in terms of talent, both of them composing lyrics with both cynical bite and tunefulness.

Though achieving some commercial success, the original Waitresses sadly only managed two full studio albums before folding. Bassist Tracy Wormworth went on to play with Sting, and she later appeared on television daily as she played in the house band for ‘The Rosie O’Donnell Show’. Mars Williams has played saxophone with The Psychedelic Furs since the mid-.

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