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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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  • letsbolt

    my goals are to find a cure for irony and make a fool out of god

    31 Jan 3:08pm Reply
  • rrrrrmmmmm

    at least now with the nonstop christmas music at work i get to hear the waitresses 3x a day!!!

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • flashbleu

    Oh dear. Similar artists are all other people who appear on Christmas compilations. Aled Jones, indeed.

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • letsbolt

    so good. so missed.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rrrrrmmmmm

    So I'll stop being clever. And just say it straight. I guess I set impossible goals, and I don't know when to quit.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SonnyJoeFoxx

    I miss Patty terribly.

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rrrrrmmmmm

    Such a good band...

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • cousinbull


    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • VGoRiLLaZ

    Oh my, "Christmas Wrapping" on repeat season is coming!

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • howisya

    don't tag this band "christmas." The Waitresses radio plays christmas songs.

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • jivedanson

    Best band. Criminally underrated.

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • edgarde

    "The Comb" ! "Pussy Strut" !

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • aineb

    Christmas Wrapping

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • blaircramer


    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Crustclock

    Easily my favourite New Wave band. Punky but jazzy, brilliant vocals and intelligent lyrics to boot!

    26 Jul 2011 Reply
  • notginger

    so this isn't just dressing up, girl, this is warfare!

    8 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ninestraycats

    let me re-iterate what's already been said: this is the shit right here.

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • marunouchi-bell


    4 May 2010 Reply
  • Rilouxe

    Amazing band. Patty had such a magnificent voice. It's true that people either instantly love their music or they don't. If you like jazzy soft rock, this is heaven. My personal favorites are Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?, Bruiseology, Wise Up and Jimmy Tomorrow's lyrics are out of this world. If you like their lyrics, listen to Chris Butler. He wrote all the Waitresses songs, and he's more towards rock.

    28 Apr 2010 Reply
  • SonnyJoeFoxx

    I just discovered The Waitresses and can't get enough. There's so much more here than their singles! Debut album is superb.

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
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