The Waitresses

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Experimental post-punk / new wave band from Akron, Ohio, they later relocated to New York.
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Albums

PD-1-6346 Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? — The Waitresses The Waitresses Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? (Album) Polydor, Polydor PD-1-6346 US 1982 Sell This Version
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IC-82-26-Y In Concert — The Waitresses X (5) / The Waitresses X (5) / The Waitresses - In Concert(2xLP, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One IC-82-26-Y US 1982 Sell This Version
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810 980-1 Y-1, 422-810 980-1 Y-1 Bruiseology — The Waitresses Waitresses* Bruiseology (Album) Polydor, Polydor 810 980-1 Y-1, 422-810 980-1 Y-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
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70710-88024-2 King Biscuit Flower Hour (Live) — The Waitresses The Waitresses King Biscuit Flower Hour (Live)(CD, Album) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records 70710-88024-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

CL 006 In The Waitresses In "Short Stack"(7", Mono) Clone Records CL 006 US 1978 Sell This Version
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2095 496 I Know What Boys Like — The Waitresses The Waitresses I Know What Boys Like (Single) Antilles, ZE Records, Antilles, ZE Records 2095 496 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
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2095 469 No Guilt (It Wasn't The End Of The World) — The Waitresses The Waitresses No Guilt (It Wasn't The End Of The World) (Single) Polydor 2095 469 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
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WIP 6763 Christmas Wrapping — The Waitresses The Waitresses Christmas Wrapping (Single) ZE Records, Island Records WIP 6763 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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6837 728 Christmas On Riverside Drive / Christmas Wrapping — The Waitresses August Darnell / The Waitresses August Darnell / The Waitresses - Christmas On Riverside Drive / Christmas Wrapping(7", Promo) ZE Records 6837 728 France 1981 Sell This Version
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PD 2225 Square Pegs /  The Smartest Person I Know — The Waitresses The Waitresses Square Pegs / The Smartest Person I Know (Single) Polydor PD 2225 1982 Sell This Version
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PD 2196 DJ I Know What Boys Like / It's My Car — The Waitresses The Waitresses I Know What Boys Like / It's My Car (Single) Polydor PD 2196 DJ US 1980 Sell This Version
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2814 319 I Know What Boys Like / Heat Night — The Waitresses The Waitresses I Know What Boys Like / Heat Night Polydor 2814 319 France 1980 Sell This Version
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CX 1-507, C163468 I Could Rule The World If I Could Only Get The Parts — The Waitresses The Waitresses I Could Rule The World If I Could Only Get The Parts (EP) Polydor, Polydor CX 1-507, C163468 US 1982 Sell This Version
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POSP 414 (2095 439) I Know What Boys Like — The Waitresses The Waitresses I Know What Boys Like(7", Single) Polydor POSP 414 (2095 439) UK 1982 Sell This Version
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PRO 196 Bread And Butter — The Waitresses Waitresses* Bread And Butter Polydor PRO 196 US 1983 Sell This Version
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POSPX 582 Make The Weather — The Waitresses The Waitresses Make The Weather (Single, EP) Polydor, Polydor POSPX 582 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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none Christmas Wrapping — The Waitresses The Waitresses Christmas Wrapping (Single, Maxi, EP) ZE Records none UK 1982 Sell This Version
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PRO 203 Bruiseology / Make The Weather — The Waitresses Waitresses* Bruiseology / Make The Weather(12", Promo) Polydor PRO 203 US 1983 Sell This Version
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COL 4949 I Know What Boys Like / Christmas Wrapping — The Waitresses The Waitresses I Know What Boys Like / Christmas Wrapping(7", RE) Collectables COL 4949 US 1994 Sell This Version
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MPLV016-2 I Know What Boys Like — The Waitresses TNT (22) vs. The Waitresses TNT (22) vs. The Waitresses - I Know What Boys Like(CD, Maxi) Live (2) MPLV016-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
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Compilations

422 847 249-4 The Best Of The Waitresses — The Waitresses The Waitresses The Best Of The Waitresses (Comp) Polydor 422 847 249-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
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OVCD-73 Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses — The Waitresses The Waitresses Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses(2xCD, Comp) Omnivore Recordings OVCD-73 US 2013 Sell This Version
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ZE.LP 62 Deluxe Special Ze Complete Recordings — The Waitresses The Waitresses Deluxe Special Ze Complete Recordings(18xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) ZE Records ZE.LP 62 France Unknown
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Videos

CRDVD176 Live At Hurrah The Waitresses Live At Hurrah "Pocketful Of Change"(DVD-V, NTSC) Cherry Red Films CRDVD176 UK 2009 Sell This Version

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cocacolla

cocacolla

June 10, 2021
they need to repress some of their stuff on vinyl soon
TheAvantGardener

TheAvantGardener

February 5, 2021
Surprised to not see any comments for this massively underrated, but still pervasive (Thanks to the enduring power of I Know What Boys Like and Christmas Wrapping), new wave band. Patty Donahue has to be one of the most unique frontwomen in music history. Patty's sarcastic, matter-of-fact vocalizing sounds like the kind of plucky heroine you'd see in a screwball comedy. Musically, The Waitresses were as tight an outfit as you could get. Chris Butler's guitar style owes a lot to ska/2-Tone, but stands on its own in the context of the Waitresses' high-energy music. The rhythm section (comprised of Television alum Billy Ficca on drums and the incredible Tracy Wormworth on bass) simultaneously drive the songs while also playing important roles in the band's overall sound. Add in future Psychedelic Fur Mars Williams on some seriously funky sax and Dan Klayman on jumpy keyboards (usually either piano or combo organ), and you have an immediate recipe for what should have been a bigger group. The Waitresses did manage to score at least 3 lasting songs of note (besides the aforementioned IKWBL and Xmas Wrapping, they also played the theme for the sitcom Square Pegs), one of which is a staple around Christmastime (and it's one of those rare Christmas songs that has a genuine heart behind its lyrics and overall production). Sadly, Donahue's untimely passing in 1996 squashed any chances of a Waitresses reunion for the 21st century and subsequent (and still ongoing) '80s revival. Thankfully, Tracy Wormworth is still busy working with the B-52's, whom I had the pleasure of seeing for my birthday in 2019. The Just Desserts collection is now OOP and commands high prices, so hopefully another Waitresses retrospective on CD will be on tap soon.

My favorite Waitresses songs (I'll add explanations for each choice soon):

1. No Guilt
2. Wise Up
3. Christmas Wrapping
4. I Know What Boys Like
5. Jimmy Tomorrow

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