Formed in 1978, The Waitresses existed for the purpose of performing the witty, often female-oriented songs of guitarist Chris Butler, who had previously led a series of new wave bands in Cleveland, Ohio.
The line-up of the band on their 1982 debut album, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful, included drummer Billy Ficca – a once and future member of Television.
That album spawned their biggest hit with the single I Know What Boys Like.
The group recorded two albums and a mini-LP in the early 80s, stirring critical acclaim and international interest before both Donahue and Butler left. Ficca fronted the band for a while, then they broke up.
Singer Patty Donahue sadly died of lung cancer in 1996.