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Although they made their mark on popular culture with the early-1980s anthems “I Know What Boys Like” and “Christmas Wrapping,” The Waitresses were no new-wave flash in the pan.
While nearly every alternative-pop collection features a song from The Waitresses, their recorded tenure has been incomplete in the digital realm for
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From Akron Ohio, also home of Devo, Chrissie Hynde, and The Black Keys. Chris Butler was a founding member of Tin Huey. Butler chose Hugh Padgham to produce The Waitresses due to his work with other artists, including XTC. Saxophonist Mars Williams played with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, and The Power Station. The Waitresses recorded the theme song to the TV program Square Pegs and the beloved holiday classic, "Christmas Wrapping."
[Judy Henske & Jerry Yester] Taking in styles from baroque pop to rock and psychedelia, Farewell Aldebaran is in a class of its own.
—Joe Marchese, The Second Disc
It's a drag to think that more of these recordings won't get released—and that The Bangles didn't continue in this vein for their entire career—because Ladies and Gentlemen... The Bangles! is outrageously fab and over too quickly.
[The Heaters'] American Dream: The Portastudio Recordings is a nice glimpse into the past with a band that traveled in an unusual direction as they paved a way for women to explore the rock 'n' roll idiom.
—David Bowling, Cashbox
[The Muffs, Blonder And Blonder] is just as badass as it was 20-plus years ago, but also includes a cornucopia of bonus material.
—Troy Michael, Innocent Words
[The Rave-Ups, Town + Country] We lost a lot when we lost them… and now we have ‘em back. Life is good.