“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” By Timbuk3 Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox


Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

– Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a number of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Cohencentric feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” By Timbuk3


The following excerpt is from Lenny Plays It Cool by Bud Scoppa (Music Connection: April 6-19, 1987):


Timbuk3, the husband and wife team of Pat MacDonald and Barbara K. MacDonald, released “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” on their first album, Greetings from Timbuk3 (1986). The song rose to #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on Billboard Mainstream Rock and has been on numerous movie and television soundtracks.

Timbuk 3 -The Future’s So Bright Official Video


The Future’s So Bright, Leonard Cohen Has To Wear Shades

Timbuk3’s hit also serves as the soundtrack for another video; see Leonard Cohen’s 1987 Prequel To DrHGuy’s 2013 “50 Shades of Leonard Cohen” Video

Note: Originally posted Nov 19, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2 Replies to ““The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” By Timbuk3 Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox”

  1. Ali Andreae Wagemaker

    Leuk liedje, als zovele die je hoorde door de radio. In 1987 zijn we met mijn gezin 4 weken door Amerika getrokken in een Camper. Onder anderen van L.A. naar L.V. Woestijnen waren voor ons een belevenis. Vooral ‘s nachts nooit meer zo’n prachtige sterrenhemel gezien.Die tocht maakten we geïnspireerd door het boek van John Steinback ( The Grapes of Wrath) maar dan in omgekeerde richting. Dit liedje van Timbuk 3, zou er in gepast hebben.

  2. Roman

    That’s amazing: I’ve listened to this song some ten days ago, while working on an educational project (named “Geographical Jukebox”, by the way).
    Thanks for sharing, Allan.