Waitresses - Classic or Genious?

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If the only Waitresses song you know is "I know what boys like" then keep walkin....

I think Chris Butler was/is an absolute genious and Patty Donahue was the only person who could pull off those lyrics.

I'll admit, some of the later stuff (after they met someone who really knew Belushi) was pretty mainstream poppy (square pegs, christmas rapping..) but the early singles (slide, jimmy tomorrow) were great.

Dave225, Friday, 12 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i want to hear this 'christmas rapping' recording. it's a pun, ha ha!

ethan, Friday, 12 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Very classic. In my house, at least.

Inspired pop music with a nice Ohio punk/new wave edge. "Jimmy Tomorrow" puts the biggest smile on my house. I love how Patty Donahue sings lyrics like "You said 'The amplification of the enternal present is the technology of desire'"" or "My goals are to find a cure for irony and make a fool out of God" in that ditzy tone of hers. Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? is a very witty album.

Chris Butler is God. Or one of them, at least.

Oliver K., Friday, 12 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

'Christmas Rapping'! Ah, roll on Xmas, I want to hear it (yet) again.

"What, you forgot cran-berry too?"

DavidM, Friday, 12 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I sold the LP long ago and wish I had it back; you actually rarely see it these days. Didn't Patty Donohue die? Sad. No, I mean really.

Sean, Monday, 15 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

She died of cancer a few years back. It is a sad story, indeed.

The Best of the Waitresses CD is pretty good, considering that everything else is out of print. Unfortunately, it's missing some gems like "Redland" "Pussy Strut" and "I could rule the world if I could only get the parts"

Dave225, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Christmas Wrapping (not "... Rapping" - that was Kurtis Blow) is one of the 10 greatest records ever made. Seriously.

Classic of course, based on this record and the whole Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? LP. I always imagine this album as the soundtrack to a musical. If you like, and if I find the time, I'll happily post the storyline I imagine to go with it.

I've not heard anything the band did post-1981. Am devastated to learn Patty is no longer with us.

Jeff, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
"Bah, humbug!" No, that's too strong
'Cause it is my favorite holiday
But all this year's been a busy blur
Don't think I have the energy

To add to my already mad rush
Just 'cause it's 'tis the season.
The perfect gift for me would be
Completions and connections left from

Last year, ski shop,
Encounter, most interesting.
Had his number but never the time
Most of '81 passed along those lines.

So deck those halls, trim those trees
Raise up cups of Christmas cheer,
I just need to catch my breath,
Christmas by myself this year.

Calendar picture, frozen landscape,
Chilled this room for twenty-four days,
Evergreens, sparkling snow
Get this winter over with!

Flashback to springtime, saw him again,
Would've been good to go for lunch,
Couldn't agree when we were both free,
We tried, we said we'd keep in touch.

Didn't, of course, 'til summertime,
Out to the beach to his boat could I join him?
No, this time it was me,
Sunburn in the third degree.

Now the calendar's just one page
And, of course, I am excited
Tonight's the night, but I've set my mind
Not to do too much about it.

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!
But I think I'll miss this one this year.
Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!
But I think I'll miss this one this year.
Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!
But I think I'll miss this one this year.
Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!
But I think I'll miss this one this year.

Hardly dashing through the snow
Cause I bundled up too tight
Last minute have-to-do's
A few cards a few calls
'Cause it's r-s-v-p
No thanks, no party lights
It's Christmas Eve, gonna relax
Turned down all of my invites.

Last fall I had a night to myself,
Same guy called, halloween party,
Waited all night for him to show,
This time his car wouldn't go,

Forget it, it's cold, it's getting late,
Trudge on home to celebrate
In a quiet way, unwind
Doing Christmas right this time.

A&P has provided me
With the world's smallest turkey
Already in the oven, nice and hot
Oh damn! Guess what I forgot?

So on with the boots, back out in the snow
To the only all-night grocery,
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
In the line is that guy I've been chasing all year!

"I'm spending this one alone," he said.
"Need a break; this year's been crazy."
I said, "Me too, but why are you?
You mean you forgot cranberries too?"

Then suddenly we laughed and laughed
Caught on to what was happening
That Christmas magic's brought this tale
To a very happy ending! "

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!
Couldn't miss this one this year!
Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!
Couldn't miss this one this year!

BEST. CHRISTMAS. SONG. EVER!

jed (jed_e_3), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 23:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
word.

Theorry Henry (Enrique), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 22:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'm down.

snowkitten (g-kit), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 13:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This link was posted in the comments box of my LJ by its creator. Not checked it out myself yet, but it's "Christmas Wrapping" related and I was asked to share.

http://www.anthologise.com/johnvslaura/

Jeff W (zebedee), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 16:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that song is pretty classic. kind of amazing it's survived all these years, still gets played on top 40 radio (at least in Dallas at xmas)

Dominique (dleone), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 16:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
I can't believe I just found out Patty Donahue died of cancer ten years ago (especially as it's in this thread)

Dominique (dleone), Monday, 22 January 2007 18:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I just ran across a cool story about how Chris Butler recently tracked down the Vox teardrop guitar that he used on "Christmas Wrapping."

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Monday, 22 January 2007 19:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(x-post) News to me, too: RIP Patty. :( She hit some kinda high-watermark for sass throughout Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful, doesn't matter whether or not she was merely Chris Butler's mouthpiece. (Anyways, Tin Huey already cemented Butler's "classic" status.)

The Waitresses shoulda been huge. (And Square Pegs should've lasted more than two seasons, but that's a different issue entirely.)

M. Agony Von Bontee (M. Agony Von Bontee), Monday, 22 January 2007 19:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Thanks Lingy! Love ya!

I know, right?, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 19:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

who originally thought that xmas song they did was by blondie?

i did.

pc user, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 19:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's great. Better than Blondie?

I know, right?, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 19:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love you too!

Lingbert, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 19:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

real big

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 12:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

still a jam

generally seems to hate all the right people (special guest stars mark bronson), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

playing it tonight at my Dazzle Ships party.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

when I get "Christmas Wrapping" onto my iPod I'm going to have an orgasm, I think.

Did I mention I've met a wonderful goth girl?

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than Your MIDNITE POWERTOOLS (Bimble), Sunday, 21 December 2008 08:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

SO CLASSIC. I've been singing "No Guilt" all week.

kate78, Sunday, 21 December 2008 08:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

More goth than you, Bimble? :)

xpost

Myonga Vön Bontee, Sunday, 21 December 2008 09:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Timezilla vs Mechadistance (blueski), Sunday, 21 December 2008 11:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

dope

Fear Of Usic (special guest stars mark bronson), Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

More goth than you, Bimble? :)

xpost

― Myonga Vön Bontee, Sunday, December 21, 2008 9:06 AM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

Glad you asked! No, she is not more goth than me. Sorry.

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than Your MIDNITE POWERTOOLS (Bimble), Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

Please don't look at the video, just listen to the music. Do you want post-punk or not?
ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acrM-KoMHiI

With Oatmeal Sauce (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Saturday, 3 January 2009 21:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

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With Oatmeal Sauce (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Saturday, 3 January 2009 21:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

With Oatmeal Sauce (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Saturday, 3 January 2009 21:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

Don't look at the video. Just listen to the music.

With Oatmeal Sauce (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Saturday, 3 January 2009 21:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

You know what still rules? Christmas Wrapping, that's what.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUOxmXPo69w

★彡☆ ★彡 (ENBB), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 03:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hell yes!

I got "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful" for free bcz the guy at the record counter thought I shouldn't be listening to it. His loss!

look at my plastron (Abbott), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 03:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

I would have happily paid the $2 they were asking.

look at my plastron (Abbott), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 03:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh god there is GOD AWFUL spice girls cover of christmas wrapping on youtube. My poor ears. wow.

★彡☆ ★彡 (ENBB), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 03:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

I was just jamming this (the original)!

kingkongvsgodzilla, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 03:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

god, i love this song.

jed_, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 04:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

9. WDYLL (Feat. Nice & Smooth) (los blue jeans), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 04:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

god, i love this song band.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 04:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

I heard "Christmas Wrapping" in a store last week and thought, "Ahh, now Xmas is really here...I wonder when the Waitresses thread will get revived on ilx?"

I still listen to them an inordinate amount. I wish they made videos for "No Guilt" and "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful".

kate78, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 07:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

This actually isn't too bad. Brett Anderson almost has the same kind of sly, laconic presence needed to pull it off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRTU0wrW5Dc

james cameron gargameled my boner for life (Pancakes Hackman), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 11:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

Christmas Wrapping has to be my favourite Christmas song but I do love both the albums too. Make the Weather is probably my favourite track of theirs.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 18:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

That song just came up on my Pandora Waitresses station.

kate78, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 18:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

such a fucking tune

Dean Gaffney's December (history mayne), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 18:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

My roommate made eggnog last night and poured me a glass, but before I drank it I was all "Oh no... wait wait!" and ran to put on "Christmas Wrapping." Pretty cool times.
(ok, I actually put on Mary X-Mas Everybody by Slade *first*)

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 18:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

They're one of those bands I love that I wish had put out a few more albums. It's so unsatisfying just having two albums by an artist I really like, see also Kenickie, Cristina , Yazoo and Earl Brutus.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 18:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Waitresses are one of the best bands of the '80s, and "Christmas Wrapping" is pretty much, like, the best Christmas song ever. Sad that they won't ever reunite. RIP Patty Donahue.

Zoo Snickers (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 18:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think I might find her grave next time I go home to Cleveland...

kate78, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 18:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

i last played this on 17 july. festive.

Dean Gaffney's December (history mayne), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 20:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

You know what still rules? Christmas Wrapping, that's what.

― ★彡☆ ★彡 (ENBB), Monday, December 14, 2009 10:32 PM (11 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Still true.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyEztz6nY9Q

˙❤‿❤˙˙❤‿❤˙ (ENBB), Monday, 13 December 2010 03:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

I just listened to two Waitresses records this afternoon including the fabulous song above. I literally just navigated to ILM New Answers from the Discogs page for them because I was looking for any B-sides I might have missed (there don't seem to be any, but there is a King Biscuit live disc!)

sleeve, Monday, 13 December 2010 04:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

I put "Christmas Wrapping" on a Christmas mix for a co-worker today. Still amazing--best punchline ever, along with Grin's "Lost a Number." That video with the house is great.

clemenza, Monday, 13 December 2010 04:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

Man this song is a JAM! I've never ever heard it before!

"I know what boys like" was pretty popular in Aus in the 80s tho.

Sookie G Stackedgarten (Trayce), Monday, 13 December 2010 04:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

Where can I shot mp3 of this awesome tune.

Sookie G Stackedgarten (Trayce), Monday, 13 December 2010 07:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

check yer ilx mail

sleeve, Monday, 13 December 2010 08:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

sleeve u r a gem.

Sookie G Stackedgarten (Trayce), Monday, 13 December 2010 08:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

hmmm no mail yet. Maybe it takes a while.

Sookie G Stackedgarten (Trayce), Monday, 13 December 2010 08:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

grr it didnt mail me. my name at the gmail will work tho.

Sookie G Stackedgarten (Trayce), Monday, 13 December 2010 08:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wait I found it on emusic all good nm!

Sookie G Stackedgarten (Trayce), Monday, 13 December 2010 09:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh good!

and what the hell, there's a great unreleased live concert that I might as well put up.

Leonardo Music Journal -- Awesome!!

sleeve, Monday, 13 December 2010 15:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

The minute I first hear this around the beginning of December.

Christmas is on like Donkey Kong.

my opinionation (Hamildan), Tuesday, 14 December 2010 15:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

"...but they are going to be famous. I just know they're going to be the new Eagles. Ha..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROz_pFW6DDI

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 16 December 2010 18:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ha, love the segue halfway through "I Know What Boys Like" into "music score by Tom Scott." Or is that "special musical material by Paul Shaffer?"

He stayed true to what he is. Now he murders deer! (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 16 December 2010 18:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

Was introduced to the Spice Girls cover of 'Christmas Wrapping' this year. It's everything you could possibly imagine, much like ENBB said upthread:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Bg9BT82sQ

James Mitchell, Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

their track 'the Comb' from the Akron compilation is totally gnarly

http://www.electricadolescence.com/2009/11/07/the-waitresses-%E2%80%93-the-comb/

(+) (+ +), Thursday, 30 December 2010 23:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Never heard that, thanks!

Reissue labels, give me a 2-CD complete Waitresses set NOW!

Hideous Lump, Friday, 31 December 2010 05:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtS9FiZw9NE

Maltodextrin, Friday, 31 December 2010 07:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

haha. the spice girls really can't keep up with the fast singing on that version.

i love it when a suggest ban comes together (cajunsunday), Friday, 31 December 2010 08:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

WTF is wrong with me that I never heard this before

VegemiteGrrrl, Friday, 31 December 2010 08:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

I just listened to two Waitresses records this afternoon including the fabulous song above. I literally just navigated to ILM New Answers from the Discogs page for them because I was looking for any B-sides I might have missed (there don't seem to be any, but there is a King Biscuit live disc!)

― sleeve, Monday, December 13, 2010 4:17 AM (2 weeks ago)

"Hangover 1/1/83" is a neat instrumental track that was the b-side to the UK 12" release of "Christmas Wrapping.

the band's very first single was "Slide" b/w "Clones", both with Chris Butler on vocals. it's basically Tin Huey under a new name.

some other rareties are listed here with annotations by Chris Butler.

i probably busted a nut when i was tossing her cookie salad (unregistered), Friday, 31 December 2010 14:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Those lyrical changes in the Spice Girls version -- world tour? aeroplanes? Christmas with my mates this year? -- are truly smdh-inducing. ¯\(°_°)/¯

Tub Girl Time Machine (Phil D.), Friday, 31 December 2010 17:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

wow "No Guilt" is amazing

lorde willin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 11 October 2013 21:07 (four years ago) Permalink

Reissue labels, give me a 2-CD complete Waitresses set NOW!

done:

http://omnivorerecordings.com/the-waitresses/

open letter to an open letter to a fanzine (fact checking cuz), Friday, 11 October 2013 22:28 (four years ago) Permalink

argh it doesn't have the first single or "The Comb" or the two Bowling Balls From Hell tracks, but this band deserves everything they get.

money, chicken and other DNA (sleeve), Saturday, 12 October 2013 04:10 (four years ago) Permalink

I prefer Patty to Debbie tbh

Master of Treacle, Saturday, 12 October 2013 14:54 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
four years pass...

Smog Veil press release:
SONGS FOR UNSUNG HOLIDAYS
NEW ALBUM BY THE INIMITABLE CLEVELAND MUSICIANS RALPH CARNEY (TIN HUEY, THE WAITRESSES, SERIOUS JASS PROJECT) AND CHRIS BUTLER (TIN HUEY, THE WAITRESSES)
STREETS SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 ON SMOG VEIL RECORDS
Album features songs commemorating fun and far fetched holidays like "Cheese Ball Day," "Polka Day," " Bubble Wrap Day," and "Buffet Day."

July 11, 2018 (Cleveland, Ohio) – Smog Veil Records is set to release on September 7, 2018 the highly unique, comedic album titled, Songs For Unsung Holidays, by two of Northeast Ohio’s best loved musicians Ralph Carney and Chris Butler. The album is a collection of songs that are deliberately silly and absurd about goof ball/off-the-wall holidays. They take a page from the songbooks of artists like Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Captain Beefheart, Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, XTC, The Who, The Grateful Dead.

Carney and Butler set the tone for wild, fun and funny use of instruments and arrangements early in their careers, first with innovators Tin Huey and later with The Waitresses. They have performed with artists like Tom Waits (whom Carney both recorded and toured with), B-52s (Carney became thee go-to New Wave horn player), Kronos Quartet, Run DMC, The Smithereens, and They Might Be Giants. Ralph Carney recently helped his nephew Patrick Carney of the Black Keys record the theme song for the Netflix series Bojack Horseman. His signature horn playing on this recording is unmistakable. Chris’ signature composition, “I Know What Boys Like” recently was heard in an episode of the second season of the Netflix series GLOW.

Butler explains how the project came together with a call from Carney asking “How come there are no more silly bands? Let’s do a project!” And so they brainstormed and wrote songs about obscure holidays. "We'd pass tracks back and forth, and bingo…we soon had enough material for a whole record!"

"I had the good fortune of writing “Christmas Wrapping” while in The Waitresses," Chris Butler recounts, "and folks have always urged me to write other holiday songs. Like for Easter, or Thanksgiving. Nah. No fun in that. But National Salami Appreciation Day? Or National Polka Day? That’s more like it!"

All songs were written and produced by Chris Butler and Ralph Carney and were recorded in their respective home studios. The record was mastered by Gary Hobish at Armin Hammer Productions.

All noises on the album were made/played by Ralph Carney and Chris Butler, except iPad synthesizer played by Christine Repella on “Lobster Day,” and on “Hippie Day” The Hippie Crowd is Becky Sue Armstrong, Tim Daugherty, Verne Davis, Scott Shepard and Tracey Thomas Shepard.

The eighteen tracks on the CD version of Songs For Unsung Holidays are 1. “Tapioca Pudding Day,” 2. “Bald and Free Day,” 3. “Cheese Ball Day,” 4. “Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day,” 5. “Polka Day,” 6. “Bubble Wrap Day,” 7. “Penguin Awareness Day,” 8. “Gorilla Suit Day,” 9. “Day of the Dead,” 10. “Buffet Day,” 11. “Salami Appreciation Day,” 12. “Bath Safety Day,” 13. “Hippie Day,” 14. “World UFO Day,” 15. “Lobster Day,” 16. “Blessing of the Bikes Day,” 17. “Bath Safety Day (radio edit),” 18. “Lobster Day (radio edit).” The color vinyl LP ends with the track “Hippie Day” and includes the remaining tracks as a freebie download.

The album is dedicated to Ralph Carney who died unexpectedly late last year and is missed by all who knew him and whom he touched with his music and charisma.

dow, Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:38 (five days ago) Permalink

Ralph Carney recently helped his nephew Patrick Carney of the Black Keys

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the yolk sustains us, we eat whites for days (unregistered), Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:51 (five days ago) Permalink


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