||[Jan. 23rd, 2007|06:56 pm]
Random Music Facts
The Waitresses is one of my favorite bands. Here's a little backstory on how the band formed as well as links to download two of my favorite songs of theirs.
"Heat Night" (Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?, 1982)
"Make the Weather" (Bruiseology, 1983)
While Chris Butler [guitarist and songwriter for The Waitresses] was a musician playing the Akron area with bands such as Tin Huey and the Numbers Band in the late 1970s, he wrote songs for a make-believe side group. "I came up with the name `the Waitresses' because it just sounded kind of New Wavey," he says. "It was all a big joke."
Donahue - the girlfriend of one of Butler's musician friends - sang a few Waitresses songs at Tin Huey shows. "As an encore gag, we would put on T-shirts that said, Waitresses Unite."
But when industry people in New York expressed serious interest in a tape of I Know What Boys Like, Butler quickly cobbled together a formal Waitresses lineup. Many of the musicians Butler recruited were Midwesterners who, like himself, gravitated to New York. Meanwhile, Donahue was still in Ohio.
A free spirit who was in and out of college when she wasn't working waitress jobs, she decided to come along for the ride. "I gave her my last 50 bucks, put her on the Greyhound bus, she kissed her boyfriend goodbye, and she decided to come to New York. What the hell?"
from "How an obscure 80s punk band created a Christmas classic" by John Petrick
cross-posted to wavemusicshare