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September 24, 2020 58 min

Although the Waitresses are best known for their 1982 single "I Know What Boys Like," the history of the band can be traced back to the late-1970s Akron musical scene. Chris Butler cut his teeth in bands such as the Numbers Band (15-60-75) and Tin Huey before transforming the Waitresses from a side-project into a fully-fledged band. The Waitresses released their debut full-length, "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?," on ZE Records/Polydor in 1982.

In this first part of a two-part interview, we discuss Butler's early life and career in Ohio, his time with the Numbers Band and Tin Huey, and the genesis of the Waitresses. 

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