ARTIST: The Waitresses
TITLE: Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful?
YEAR RELEASED: 1982
CHART ACTION: #41
SINGLES: I Know What Boys Like (#62)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really
LINEUP: Patty Donohue, Chris Butler, Mars Williams, Tracy Wormworth, Billy Ficca, Dan Klayman. David Hofstra and Ariel Warner where on early recordings.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Out of nowhere, now iconic, hit results in the formation of a band and an album deal.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The original “I Know What Boys Like” had a different band than what’s more commonly known as the Waitresses, as only singer Patty Donohue and leader Chris Butler were around for that. However, with its success, Butler pulled together an band which included former Television drummer Billy Ficca, and released this record of several more ironic new-wave tracks.
Butler’s guitar work isn’t in a typical new wave style (he was in Tin Huey, who were art-damaged denizens of Cleveland) but the rest of the band smooths out the rough edges, and Donohue’s sassy sing-talk vocals holds everything together.
At times, there’s too much saxophone (the kind of force it into some spots that it doesn’t really belong), and sometimes the songs are a bit too long. But tracks like “No Guilt”, “Wise Up” and the title track are worthy companions to the mega-hit.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: David Hofstra and Ariel Warner quit the band during recording sessions. Warner, a backing vocalist, had stage fright.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with the “Christmas Wrapping” EP.
GRADE B+: Not consistently great, but better than you’d think for a one-hit new-wave wonder.