Chris Butler (musician)
Chris Butler (born May 22, 1949) is an American musician who led the experimental new wave 1980s band The Waitresses (PolyGram). Butler grew up in the U.S. state of Ohio and majored in sociology at Kent State University. He was among a crowd of students fired on by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970.
Butler's biggest project to date is The Waitresses and he penned all of the band's songs, including "I Know What Boys Like", "No Guilt", "Christmas Wrapping" and the theme song for the TV sitcom Square Pegs. "I Could Rule the World, If I Could Only Get the Parts" was first recorded by his previous band Tin Huey. He holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest pop song recording in history, a 69-minute song entitled The Devil Glitch. The project has now been expanded online as "The Major Glitch", which is accepting additions to the song in the hopes that eventually it will play for days.
In 1987, Butler sold his musical gear, including "Bebe Blue", the Vox Teardrop electric guitar he used to record "Christmas Wrapping," to a Manhattan music store. Over twenty years later the store owners told him that the guitar's latest owner, a woman in Belgium, wanted to sell it to someone who could appreciate its significance. Butler hopped on a plane and repurchased it, though he could not convince himself that the guitar was in fact the one he owned before.
Butler currently lives in New York City. He runs Future Fossil Music/Future Fossil Records, and in 1997 released his first full-length album I Feel A Bit Normal Today. In recent years, Chris has been playing with The Cranks, Half Cleveland, and Purple Knif.
In 2005, he bought the childhood home of Jeffrey Dahmer in Ohio. Dahmer had committed his first murder there before the family moved to Wisconsin. The house, built in 1952, had been featured in the Beacon Journal for its modern style, open layout and floor-to-ceiling windows that provided views of the wooded hillside. Butler said he was drawn to the house by its ‘50s style and big, wooded lot. It was perfect for his collections of midcentury modern furniture and British Invasion music equipment. It was also an ideal place for him and his band mates to play without disturbing the neighbors. Butler couldn’t understand why the house had been on the market for six months and at a too-low price. His agent then called to disclose the home’s infamous history. “I didn’t stop shaking for another 24 hours,” he said.
The house is currently on the market because Butler spends most of his time in New York and his mother who lived in the area died recently.
Bands that involved Chris Butler
- Future Fossil Music
- NPR: My Guitar, My Past: A Man's Search for His Vox
- The Waitresses - Chris Butler
- "Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home for sale in Ohio". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- "Don Ralph interview on working with Chris Butler and Ralph Carney in Life in a Blender". Archive.org. Outsight Radio Hours. Retrieved 22 July 2012.