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Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?
The Waitresses - Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?.jpg
Studio album by The Waitresses
Released January 11, 1982 (1982-01-11)
Recorded 1981
Genre New wave, post-punk
Length 41:43
Label Polydor
Producer Chris Butler, Kurt Munkacsi
The Waitresses chronology
Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?
I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts EP
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]

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

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


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 listing[edit]

The original US release contained:[3]

  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



  • 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


  1. ^ Tausig, Ben. "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?". AllMusic. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Waitresses: Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?". Robert Christgau.com. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? at Discogs (list of releases)
  4. ^ 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.  open access publication – free to read