Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?

Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? is the debut album of new wave band the Waitresses, originally released in 1982 by Polydor, licensed from ZE Records.

Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?
The Waitresses - Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 11, 1982 (1982-01-11)
Recorded1980 - 1981
GenreNew wave, post-punk
Length41:43
LabelPolydor
ProducerChris Butler, Kurt Munkacsi
The Waitresses chronology
Waitresses In "Short Stack"
(1978)
Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?
(1982)
Bruiseology
(1983)

The album peaked at No. 41 in the Billboard 200 chart and included the earlier single "I Know What Boys Like".

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
Rolling Stone     [2]
The Village VoiceB+[3]

AllMusic critic Ben Tausig, writing retrospectively, said that the album "was a unique and fairly important moment in early-'80s new wave", and noted that "lead singer Patty Donahue's singing ranged from a playful sexiness on the well-known hit "I Know What Boys Like" to a half-talk, half-yell with shades of post-punk groups like Gang of Four and the Raincoats on 'Pussy Strut' and 'Go On.' The guitar and bass were bizarre and funk-influenced in much the same way as other well-known Akron, OH, groups like Devo and the Pretenders".

Track listingEdit

The original US release contained:[4]

  1. "No Guilt" – 3:46
  2. "Wise Up" – 3:20
  3. "Quit" – 5:10
  4. "It's My Car" – 3:20
  5. "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?" – 3:40
  6. "I Know What Boys Like" – 3:11
  7. "Heat Night" – 3:43
  8. "Redland" – 2:55
  9. "Pussy Strut" – 4:12
  10. "Go On" – 2:49
  11. "Jimmy Tomorrow" – 5:37

PersonnelEdit

with:

  • Ralph Carney – saxophone on "No Guilt" and "I Know What Boys Like"
  • Don Christensen – drums on "No Guilt"
  • Rick Dailey – piano on "I Know What Boys Like"
  • Stuart Austin – drums on "I Know What Boys Like"
  • Andrew Fuhrmann – art direction

ChartsEdit

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 84
U.S. Billboard 200[7] 41

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tausig, Ben. "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? – The Waitresses". AllMusic. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  2. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (February 18, 1982). "The Waitresses: Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 20, 2003. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 9, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? at Discogs (list of releases)
  5. ^ Arar, Yardena (April 7, 1982). "The Waitresses: They Know What Boys Like". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Santa Cruz, CA. AP. Retrieved August 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 331. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "The Waitresses Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on October 25, 2019.