The Waitresses Concert PosterRock & Roll Hall of Fame
The Waitresses Concert Poster
Punk music, as an aggressive reclaiming of the inner city, was a perfect outlet for young Northeast Ohioans trying to find and express themselves amidst the declining manufacturing centers and economic downturn of the 1970s that ultimately defined the "Rust Belt."
Unlike other music scenes in the U.S., Northeast Ohio punk and new wave primarily flew under the radar, allowing it to evolve into something more avant-garde and exploratory.
Chris Butler Interview (November 2019)Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Chris Butler Interview, November 2019
The Waitresses formed in 1978 as a fictional new wave band, created by Akron musician and songwriter, Chris Butler.
The Waitresses (1982) by PolyGram Records and ZE RecordsRock & Roll Hall of Fame
The Waitresses, 1982
The Waitresses became a full-fledged band in 1980 with the line-up of singer Patty Donahue, jazz saxophonist Mars Williams, bassist Tracy Wormworth, guitarist-songwriter Chris Butler, drummer Billy Ficca, and keyboardist Dan Klayman.
Handwritten lyrics to "Christmas Wrapping," page 1 (c.1981) by Chris ButlerRock & Roll Hall of Fame
Handwritten Lyrics to "Christmas Wrapping," page 1
The band is perhaps best known for singles "I Know What Boys Like" (1980), which became an underground hit, and "Christmas Wrapping" (1981).
Handwritten lyrics to "Christmas Wrapping," page 2 (c.1981) by Chris ButlerRock & Roll Hall of Fame
Handwritten Lyrics to "Christmas Wrapping," page 2
"Christmas Wrapping" was originally released on the ZE Records album A Christmas Record in 1981 and became a Number 45 hit in the United Kingdom in 1982.
Advertising Materials for The Waitresses (c.1983)Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Promotional Material for Bruiseology, c. 1983
The Waitresses recorded two albums, Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? and Bruiseology, before splitting in 1984.