The Waitresses – Live At The Bottom Line – 1982 – Nights At The Roundtable: Concert Edition

The Waitresses - Post-Punk experimental band from Akron, Ohio who were a bigger hit with the underground than the mainstream. How unusual.

The WaitressesPost-Punk experimental band from Akron, Ohio who were a bigger hit with the underground than the mainstream. How unusual. Not.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – The Waitresses, live at The Bottom Line, New York – March 2, 1982 – WNEW-FM
Although they were together for a comparatively short period of time (1978-1984), and really had only one hit, The Waitresses were one of those early 80s bands which had a lot more going for them than they were credited for. Their one hit, which actually didn’t do anything the first time it was released in 1980, but was picked up and played to death by the KROQ‘s of the world, was I Know What Boys Like, and it became a huge international hit for them in 1982.

Fronted by the charismatic Patty Donahue and led by guitarist/songwriter Chris Butler, the band struggled to duplicate the initial hit from their first album, but it didn’t happen. Their second album was met with only modest sales. Between the first and second albums,an ep did better, but neither duplicating the success of the first album. And by 1984 it was time to call it a day, with everyone going off in different directions.

Tonight, it’s a concert from The Bottom Line in New York City, broadcast live by WNEW-FM on March 2, 1982. Listening to it, you wonder what would have happened had fortunes and circumstances been different. Sometimes a band’s success or failure is completely unexplainable. They were certainly too good to be ignored.

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