Monday, May 7, 2012

The Waitresses - "I Know What Boys Like"

I Know What Boys Like - The Best of the Waitresses

(Debuted May 8, 1982, Peaked #62, 6 Weeks on the Chart)

The Waitresses were a New Wave-styled band from Akron, Ohio and "I Know What Boys Like" was the only song they charted on the Hot 100. While it was originally seen as little more than a novelty whose main hook was that the lines sounded a lot like a juvenile "nyah nyah nyah" chant (reflected in the lyrics), it has gone on to become a cult classic and one of those songs that is quintessentially from its era.

It even appeared in a number of the teenage "coming of age" comedies around the time (including The Last American Virgin, which I've mentioned in this blog a few times), which has undoubtedly helped it much better than its poor chart showing did.

The video (shown below) starts off with singer Patty Donahue taking a drag of a cigarette. She was a heavy smoker as an adult, and succumbed to lung cancer in 1996 at the age of 40.

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