The Waitresses

The Waitresses were a post-punk band from Akron, Ohio,] known for their single “I Know What Boys Like”.. They released two albums, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful and Bruiseology, and two EPs, I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts and Make the Weather.

The group was led by guitarist-songwriter Chris Butler with lead vocals performed by Patty Donahue.

“I Know What Boys Like” is a song written by guitarist Chris Butler in 1978, while he was still a member of the rock band Tin Huey.

It was recorded by Butler and released as a single in 1980, but beyond some club success, it did not appear on any charts. When he formed the band The Waitresses, with Patty Donahue as lead vocalist, the band recorded the song for its debut album, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful?, released by Polydor Records in 1981. This version peaked at number 62 the week of May 29, 1982 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“I Know What Boys Like” was released as a single from the album in 1982. VH1 named the song as the 82nd greatest one-hit wonder of all-time in 2002 as well as the 34th greatest one-hit wonder of the 1980s in 2009.


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