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(1986 – 1995)

Timbuk 3 was formed in 1986 by the husband and wife team of Pat Macdonald (acoustic, electric, bass and MIDI guitars, harmonica, vocals) and Barbara K. MacDonald (electric guitar, mandolin, violin, rhythm programming, vocals). Initially they performed live as a duo backed up by a large “ghettoblaster”.

They were joined in 1991, by Wally Ingram and Courtney Audain. Timbuk 3 recorded several albums from 1986 to 1995; their first album, Greetings From Timbuk 3, generated their only chart hit song, “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades”. The song was featured in the 1987 film, My Best Friend is a Vampire.

Also from Greetings From Timbuk 3, “Shame On You” was played during the opening scene of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, released in 1986.

The group broke up in 1995, with the ex-members going on to record other music independently.


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  • agentorange2000

    "Sample the Dog" - an attempt at taking a shot at New Order... the end result - New Order is still revered as a massively influential group, Timbuk3, cool as they were, faded into obscurity with that much hated, certainly by me, "one hit wonder" tag wrapped around their necks...

    1 Feb 8:49am Reply
  • reagan0

    pat mAcdonald: "Getting everyone to remove the space between the "k" and the "3" is another huge project I've undertaken. I never wanted that space."

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Dalal92

    Life is hard, can't buy happiness no matter what you do, Can't get to heaven on roller skates, can't take a taxi cab to Timbuktu. fucking life!

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Harfang

    I just wanna say that I have liked "Hairstyles and Attitudes" even MORE than "The Future's So Bright" since 1986. OK, I'm done. :)

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • mvldk666

    the future so bright I gotta wear shades ... love, love, love etc ... ... ... and much more love

    4 Sep 2010 Reply
  • CarpetCrawler13

    These guys are so underrated. Just listen to the lyrics.

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • Daniel_Green

    Timbuk3 is awesome :D

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • NotMarkWalsh

    What a song!

    23 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Immat

    I think it should be "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades". Otherwise the funny little twist is gone.

    6 Aug 2009 Reply
  • chiron1

    If you like these you should check out The Raveonettes. Similar tight male-female harmonies, 60s sound only they're from Denmark. Cool music.

    6 May 2009 Reply
  • lacent,_I_Gotta_Wear_Shades

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • 2Serenity

    Why do I think of Risky Business and Tom Cruise wearing shades when I hear this song? It is catchy and fun. Totally 80s. Awesome dude! [oh brother!]

    25 Aug 2007 Reply

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