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

The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music

The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. There was “The Great Pretender,” “Cross Over the Road.” 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.

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Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen mentioned a number of specific songs he favored. 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: “50 Shades of Leonard Cohen”

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Nov 19, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.


  1. Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994 []

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