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The Cat Club Podcast Kicks Off the Holiday Season with Chris Butler of New Wave band The Waitresses – Episode 179

This week, we kick off the holiday season with a real treat for you!

Chris Butler, founder/guitarist/songwriter for late 70s/early80s New Wave band The Waitresses stops by the circus that is The Cat Club Podcast. Best known for having a pair of hit singles with Christmas Wrapping (1981) and I Know What Boys Like (1982), Chris also played bass with 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band), guitar and vocals for Tin Huey, drums for Richard Lloyd and produced The dB’s 1984 album Like This.

In this jam-packed episode, Butler tells the story of being in the group of students at Kent State University that were fired on by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970. We talk about being in the creative atmosphere at Kent State that included Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale (who went on to form Devo) and Chrissie Hynde (founder of The Pretenders).

He regales us with the story of selling his Vox Teardrop guitar in 1987 (used to record Christmas Wrapping in 1981), and more than 20 years later having to fly to Belgium to buy that same guitar back. He also has some advice for aspiring bands about being in the music business. Plus, he holds the Guinness World Record for the longest recorded pop song, The Devil Glitch, that clocked in at 69-minutes in 1997, but is now four times longer…

Music on this week’s show:

  1. Devo – Merry Something To You
  2. The Vague – Happy Holidays 2 U
  3. Soraia – Santa Claus (The Sonics cover)
  4. Ass Ponys – Last Night It Snowed
  5. The Dollyrots – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) [Darlene Love cover]
  6. Bicentennial Bear – All I want For Christmas (Is An Afghan Whigs Reunion)
  7. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping

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The Cat Club Podcast Kicks Off the Holiday Season with Chris Butler of New Wave band The Waitresses – Episode 179

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