Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

A Two- And-a-Half Hit Wonder

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

A Two- And-a-Half Hit Wonder

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Chris Butler is proud of what he calls "his little two-and-a- half hit wonder," The Waitresses.

In the early 1980s, the experimental new wave band from Akron, Ohio, made its mark on the MTV generation with its best-known song, "I Know What Boys Like," the holiday favorite "Christmas Wrapping" and the theme song to the short-lived, Sarah Jessica Parker sitcom "Square Pegs."

Butler formed the group in 1978 and recruited Patty Donahue to be the lead singer. As the guitarist and main songwriter, Butler was responsible for the band's subversive wit and quirky sounds. He often wrote lyrics from the female perspective, and Donahue delivered them with a sarcastic flair. It's just a shame it didn't last.

"We went up halfway and stayed there," Butler says from his home in Hoboken, N.J. "There was definitely some unfinished business. As a unit, we didn't stay together long enough. I was the band leader and I couldn't hold it together. I'd love to blame everyone else, but I can't. …

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