Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
To the masses, Akron-based new wave group the Waitresses were always a weird duck since they were a one-hit wonder (the snarky, funky, and deadpan "I Know What Boys Like") with the caveat of a Christmas hit, one that was equally novelty and heartwarming ("Christmas Wrapping"). They were equally perplexing for the era's music nerds, bringing together all those '80s Ohio elements in their music (the elevated kitsch commentary of Devo, the future blues-rock sound of the legendary Numbers Band, and some actual members of Tin Huey), but crafting it all in such a way that was classic album rock & roll, where dramatic horn arrangements and tension-building song structures ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
To the masses, Akron-based new wave group the Waitresses were always a weird duck since they were a one-hit wonder (the snarky, funky, and deadpan "I Know What Boys Like") with the caveat of a Christmas hit, one that was equally novelty and heartwarming ("Christmas Wrapping"). They were equally perplexing for the era's music nerds, bringing together all those '80s Ohio elements in their music (the elevated kitsch commentary of Devo, the future blues-rock sound of the legendary Numbers Band, and some actual members of Tin Huey), but crafting it all in such a way that was classic album rock & roll, where dramatic horn arrangements and tension-building song structures were crafts worth exploring. The band's career arc involves a smart, fresh, and danceable blow against the empire (the 1982 album Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?, with "Boys Like" included), one EP's worth of basking in the glory (that same year's I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts, featuring the theme from the '80s sitcom Square Pegs), plus a well-crafted album filled with angst and grown-up problems that stiffed and forced a band breakup (1983's Bruiseology). All of it is included on this welcome set from Omnivore, from the infectious girl-meets-mundane-world kickoff called "No Guilt" ("The 31st is when I pay the phone bill/I told 'em I don't even know anyone in Toronto!") to Bruiseology's wailing and rocking title cut (a prophetic number with "And then you hit me with the hard facts/Then everything cracks and it's Bruiseology" seeming precog). Along the way the collection delivers B-52's-ish fun and B-52's-ish cool party numbers ("Heat Night," "Everything's Wrong If My Hair Is Wrong"), snide commentary over new wave beats ("A Girl's Gotta Do," "Quit"), plus some moments that are smart pop, pure and simple ("Bread and Butter," "Make the Weather"). Bandleader and lead songwriter Chris Butler provides the band's story in the booklet, including the sad fact that singer Patty Donahue passed away in 1996 due to lung cancer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Omnivore Recordings
  • UPC: 816651015511
  • Catalog Number: 101551
  • Sales rank: 35,479

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Guilt (3:49)
  2. 2 Wise Up (3:21)
  3. 3 Quit (5:24)
  4. 4 It's My Car (3:23)
  5. 5 Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? (3:41)
  6. 6 I Know What Boys Like (3:14)
  7. 7 Heat Night (3:43)
  8. 8 Redland (3:02)
  9. 9 Pussy Strut (4:14)
  10. 10 Go On (2:59)
  11. 11 Jimmy Tomorrow (5:39)
  12. 12 Christmas Wrapping (5:27)
  13. 13 Bread and Butter (4:14)
  14. 14 Square Pegs (3:09)
  15. 15 The Smartest Person I Know (3:37)
  16. 16 I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts (3:49)
  17. 17 Hangover 1/1/83 (4:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Girl's Gotta Do (4:09)
  2. 2 Make the Weather (4:16)
  3. 3 Everything's Wrong (4:01)
  4. 4 Luxury (6:35)
  5. 5 Open City (2:30)
  6. 6 Thinking About Sex Again (3:09)
  7. 7 Bruiseology (3:45)
  8. 8 Pleasure (4:32)
  9. 9 Spin (5:10)
  10. 10 They're All Out of Liquor, Let's Find Another Party (3:02)
  11. 11 Bruiseology (3:49)
  12. 12 Bread and Butter (6:49)
  13. 13 Bread and Butter (7:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Waitresses Primary Artist
Ralph Carney Harmonica, Saxophone
Chris Butler Guitar, Group Member
Don Christensen Drums
Patty Donahue Vocals, Group Member
Billy Ficca Drums, Group Member
Mars Williams Reeds, Saxophone, Group Member
Tracy Wormworth Bass, Group Member
Dan Klayman Organ, Keyboards, Group Member
David Hofstra Bass, Group Member
Ariel Marner Background Vocals, Group Member
Rick Daily Piano
Technical Credits
The Waitresses Arranger, Composer
Chris Butler Composer, Producer, Slipcover Concept
Ed Caraeff Art Direction
Michael Frondelli Engineer
Hugh Padgham Engineer
Zox Cover Design, Cover Art
Andrew Fuhrmann Slipcover Concept
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
Kurt Munkacsi Producer
Mike Fondelli Producer, Engineer
Marilyn Ward Photo Tinting
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