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The Waitresses' 1982 debut album, Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?, was a unique and fairly important moment in early-'80s new wave, though the band failed to gain momentum from their success and effectively broke up within two years of releasing their first record. Lead singer Patty Donahue's singing ranged from a playful sexiness on the well-known hit "I Know What Boys Like" to a half-talk, half-yell with shades of post-punk groups like Gang of Four and the Raincoats on "Pussy Strut" and "Go On." The guitar and bass were bizarre and funk-influenced in much the same way as other well-known Akron, OH, groups like Devo and the Pretenders. Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? was, in a sense, the brainchild of Chris Butler, who wrote most of the songs and co-produced the album in addition to playing guitar. Butler's version of new wave was danceable and fun, certainly, but witty and insightful lyrics were also an essential ingredient. Ultimately, though, it was Donahue's attitude that gave the music its personality and made the album a critical and commercial success.

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Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful is one of my all time favorite albums! It got me through high school in the 80's and continues to sound just as fresh 26 years later! Hopefully younger people will give this album a listen and appreciate how talented, quirky and fun the Waitresses were and still are! Lead singer Patty has unfortunately passed away, but her voice definitely lives on in these songs!


The debut album from Waitresses still holds up terrifically today. No other band had their sound - not to mention the bittersweet, witty, sarcastic lyrics. If all you know about them is the hit, "I Know What Boys Like," you're in for a real treat here. I still listen to them constantly... now if they could see their way to making their 2nd album, Bruiseology, available here, I could finally replace my old scratchy LP transfers...

Still the Best

The best lyrics and the music isn't dated at all. They really blazed their own path. It's a shame the lead singer died so young, a victim of cancer.


Formed: 1980 in Akron, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

To most new wave fans, the Waitresses are a fondly remembered part of the '80s one-hit wonder pantheon, even in spite of the fact that that one hit was a cult phenomenon that didn't even reach the Top 40. Yet "I Know What Boys Like" was the sort of daring, instantly memorable pop nugget that epitomized the era -- all cool detachment, subversive wit, and an irresistibly off-kilter dance groove. Lead singer Patty Donahue's dry, cheeky attitude supplied a not inconsiderable sex appeal, but even if she...
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