Want List: Just Desserts – The Complete Waitresses

Omnivore Recordings | US | 2xCD | 2013 | OVCD-73

Omnivore Recordings | US | 2xCD | 2013 | OVCD-73

The Waitresses: Just Desserts – The Complete Waitresses US 2xCD [2013]

Disc 1: Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful?/I Could Rule The World If I Could Only Get The Parts

1. No Guilt
2. Wise Up
3. Quit
4. It’s My Car
5. Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful?
6. I Know What Boys Like
7. Heat Night
8. Redland
9. Pussy Strut
10. Go On
11. Jimmy Tomorrow
12. Christmas Wrapping
13. Bread And Butter
14. Square Pegs
15. The Smartest Person I Know
16. I Could Rule The World If I Could Only Get The Parts
17. Hangover 1/1/83

Disc 2: Bruiseology

1. A Girl’s Gotta Do
2. Make The Weather
3. Everything’s Wrong If My Hair Is Wrong
4. Luxury
5. Open City
6. Thinking About Sex Again
7. Bruiseology
8. Pleasure
9. Spin
10. They’re All Out Of Liquor, Let’s Find Another Party
11. Bruiseology (Alternate Version)
12. Bread And Butter (Remix)
13. Bread And Butter (Dub Mix)

I was all over The Waitresses debut album, “Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful” like white on rice in 1981. I had read incessantly about their indie single “I Know What Boys Like” and was primed to buy if I could only find a copy in sleepy Orlando, Florida, where I lived at the time. Alas, it remained a kick that only New York City yielded up easily! But when Polydor signed the band and their debut album got released, I finally got my mitts on a copy and it never left my cassette deck. It was the a heavy portion of the soundtrack to my college freshman period.

In Patty Donohue, the group had one of the all time best deadpan woman singer I’d ever heard who spoke English as a native language. Chris Butler’s sardonic lyrics were a great fit with my New Wave, teenaged skull. I played that album heavily throughout the last quarter of 1981 almost to the point of burnout. Actually, I did get burned out on the band, so much so that I never bought another record, though I really loved their debut.

Deep within the recesses of my Record Cell, I currently have both of  The Waitresses LPs, awaiting the day of digitizing/remastering. Actually, they were not my personal copies. I only ever owned the first album and even that bit the dust in the Great Vinyl Purge of 1985. I assumed that a CD copy would be forthcoming eventually so I thought “no sweat.” <flash forward 14 years> I eventually obtained my friend Tom’s copies of both albums in the late 90s with a view of remastering them if nobody else did. That I’d never bought “Bruiseology” lent that disc a particular caché. But I never trained my attention on The Waitresses. <flash forward another 14 years> In 2010 there finally came a Japanese copy of “Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful” on kami CD… at great cost. No, it wasn’t likely that it would be making its way into my record cell any time soon.

I can’t remember where, but this summer, I heard that a 2xCD with everything by the band was in the offering… and promptly forgot about it. It wasn’t until I was buying groceries last weekend when I heard “Christmas Wrapping,” that I was reminded of this new CD. It’s funny, but I never heard “Christmas Wrapping” until sometime in the 90s, when in-store Muzak® systems played it. I knew about their “I Could Rule The World If I Only Had The Parts” EP but never bought a copy, back in the day. I just looked up “The Complete Waitresses” and see that Omnivore Recordings have done the deed with all of “Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful” plus the “Rule The World” EP on disc one. Attention to detail has the B-side to “Christmas Wrapping,” “Hangover 1/1/83” appended to disc one.

The second disc features “Bruiseology” which has been bolstered with a previously unreleased mix of the title cut in addition to the 12″ remix and dub mix of “Bread + Butter,” the non-LP B-side to “Make The Weather.” Does this make this collection truly “The Complete Waitresses?” Not quite, pally. Those with a Monk’s gaze will recognize that the original 7″ version of “Bread + Butter” as released on this disc and not remixed by John Luongo is m.i.a. In addition, the primordial Waitresses waxing is also missing.

Clone Records | US | 7" | 1978 | CL 006

Clone Records | US | 7″ | 1978 | CL 006

The Waitresses: in “Short Stack” US 7″ [1978]

  1. Slide
  2. Clones

This 7″ on Akron’s own Clone Records label dates back to the Tin Huey era for Chris Butler and was a thread he waited years to pick up on, but it was a good thing that he did. The Waitresses managed to get some airplay and sales under their belt, unlike the too-far-ahead-of-their-time Tin Huey. I never saw The Waitresses though I would have leaped at the chance ca. ’81-’82. Eventually, I have seen Mars Williams [sax] with The Psychedelic Furs and I just saw Billy Ficca [drums] last month playing in his earlier band, Television. I’ll need to get this disc and remaster it myself, but at least Omnivore Recordings has saved me a lot of work with their “Just Desserts” collection. Buy here if you’re so inclined.

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1 Response to Want List: Just Desserts – The Complete Waitresses

  1. Zach says:

    I hate being the bearer of bad news, monk, but the Just Desserts Collection went out of print about 2 years ago. I hope you pulled the trigger and bought a copy in time. I resorted to using my library’s inter-library loan system to fetch a copy last spring.

    The Waitresses’ debut LP is a classic of the new wave genre, and establishes them as one of the best groups of the Cleveland-Akron axis. It was Patty Donahue’s matter-of-fact, narrative vocals, along with Mars Williams’ free jazz-inspired saxophone playing, that made me an instant Waitresses fan. It’s a rarity to find a male songwriter who can write so effectively from the female point-of-view AND have a solid female vocalist who can interpret those lyrics so well, but Chris Butler achieved that miracle ten-fold. No Guilt is the best deconstruction of a break-up song, emphasizing the positives from the woman’s perspective, rather than go for a typical heartbreak-oriented POV.


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