The Waitresses

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The Waitresses

1978-1984 – Punk, Post-Punk, New Wave – Akron, OH, New York

Patty Donahue – Vocals – Born March 29, 1956 – Cleveland OH, Died of Lung Cancer December 9th, 1996 – New York City


Chris Butler – Guitars – Born May 22, 1949 – Ohio – also in (15-60-75) The Numbers Band and Tin Huey

Chris Butler’s website-

Tracy Wormworth – Bass, Vocals (1982-1984) – Later in B-52’s

Mars Williams – Saxophone – Born May 28th, 1955 – Elmhurst IL – Was also in Psychedelic Furs

Billy Vicca – Drums – Born February 15th, 1950 – Delaware – Was Also in Television, The Washington Squares, The Neon Boys…

Don Klayman – Keyboards

David Hofstra – Bass (1978-1982)

Ariel Warner – Background Vocals (1978-1982)



Released Title Chart positions

Billboard 200

1982 Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? 41 Polydor
1982 I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts EP 128 Polydor
1983 Bruiseology 155 Polydor
1984 Make the Weather EP Polydor
1990 The Best of The Waitresses Polydor
1997 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents The Waitresses King Biscuit
2003 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Waitresses Polydor
2007 Your Choice of Sides − A Collection of Outtakes & Obscuriosities Unreleased[15]
2013 Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses Omnivore[14]>


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1978 In “Short Stack” (“Slide” / “Clones”) single
1980 “I Know What Boys Like” / “No Guilt” single[4]
1981 Christmas Wrapping A Christmas Record
1982 “I Know What Boys Like” 62 Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful
“Square Pegs” I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts
“Christmas Wrapping” 45 A Christmas Record
1983 “Make the Weather” Bruiseology



From Unofficial Website:

I Know What Boys Like Video 1982:

No Guilt, I Know What Boys Like on Old Grey Whistle Test 1982:

Live at Harrahs excerpts- Wise Up, Quit, I KNow What Boys Like and promo

Make the Weather Video 1983:

Square Pegs from show credits 1983

Urban Image Photos:

Song Stories – Christmas Wrapping:—the-waitresses-christmas-wrapping/2884121885001



All Music:




Music Brainz:

Future of Music:


Waitresses’ page from the Unultimate Rockopedia:

Around the Web:

Unofficial Website:

1982 NME Interview:

1982 NYT Article:

1996 Interview w Chris Butler:

1999 Interviews w Chris Butler and Tracy Wormworth:

Perfect Sound Forever – 2013 Interview w Chris Butler:

Old School Blog – Interview with Chris Butler:

Line Out:

Trouser Press:

The Star:

Paste Magazine:

The Second Disc:

JP’s Music Blog:

Music Minded:

Consequence of Sound:


Cult of Jef:

Songs for a Blue Guitar:



Basket Gasbla:

Now More Than Ever:

Old Punks Blog:

Retro Universe:

Post Punk Progressive Pop Party:


The Stash Dauber:


Josh Pinkus is Crying:


Punk Rock Planet:

Pause and Play:

Pop Shifter:

Pop Matters:

Chicago Reader:

Stomp and Stammer:

Maxwell Traxx:

Martin’s View:

Kenneth in the 212:



Music News Nashville:

Omnivore Records:

Andrew P is the Internet:


Find a Grave:



Tim Huey w Patty Donahue – The Comb – 1978:

Christmas Wrapping 1981:

Concert vault:

Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful 1982:

Wise Up 1982:

Pussy Strut 1982:

Jimmy Tomorrow 1982:

Quit 1982:

I Could Rule the World if I Could Only Get The Parts LIve 1983:

Open City 1983:

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