Waitresses, The

waitresses2Formed 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.

waitresses3That 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.

Patty Donahue
Vocals
Ariel Warner

Backing vocals
Chris Butler

Guitar, vocals
Dan Klayman
Keyboards
David Horstra

Bass
Mars Williams

Saxophone
Billy Ficca

Drums
Tracy Warmworth
Bass