"The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" was sung by Pat MacDonald and his wife Barbara K. MacDonald, who formed the band Timbuk3. The song was released in 1986 and appeared on their debut album "Greetings from Timbuk3."
"The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" was Timbuk3's only mainstream hit song, reaching number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 21 on the U.K. Singles Chart. It was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist, and the video was nominated for MTV's Best New Artist Video. Despite bleak lyrics about a nuclear scientist, the song was often played at graduations to express optimism for the future. It also was used in movies like "Something Wild," "Campus Man" and "Dream a Little Dream." Timbuk3 disbanded in 1996, a year after Barbara and Pat MacDonald divorced.