smartrockband of the early-80s
, with Akron
roots. Leader Chris Butler was in Tin Huey, peers of Devo
; Patty Donahue, the face and voice of the band (Butler wrote the songs), was also from there. They were "new wave
", but they were actually good
- beneath the user-friendly surface (itself unusual for most Ze Records
bands) there was much more wit and sting than the skinny-tie brigade could muster.
Biggest hit (really their only one): "I Know What Boys Like". There's also "Christmas Wrapping", one of the few Christmas songs I can stomach (bah! humbug!), and the theme to the Ridgemont Lite TV series Square Pegs.
Sax player Mars Williams went on to a stint with the Psychedelic Furs, and is now (still?) in Liquid Soul and in other bands.