[40-Year-Old Waitresses] -- 40 years ago this week, a seminal moment in early 1980s New Wave transpired: The Waitresses released their debut album, Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? (1/11/1982)! The album peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 200, and it featured the previously released single, "I Know What Boys Like," which reached its peak of #62 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May of 1982. The Waitresses were driven by guitarist Chris Butler and singer Patty Donahue, both of whom pretty much fueled the band's sound and identity. Sadly, we lost Donahue to lung cancer at the all-too-young age of 40 in 1996. While the Waitresses are primarily known for this album's single, and their Christmas hit, Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? has many wonderful pop gems, and the band should be remembered for them. Chief among the tracks, in my opinion, are "No Guilt," "It's My Car," and "Go On." Leaning hard into both attitude and legitimate chops, The Waitresses serve up a highly entertaining and listenable album here.
Flashback: Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? (1982)
That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.
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