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Greetings from Timbuk 3


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: I.R.S./MCA
  • ASIN: B000002O2P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What then becomes the focus is the lyrics, which, even in the love songs, are clever and surprising.
Glen Engel Cox
They are most known for 'The Future's So Bright' (which is darker than its upbeat rhythm indicates) but the best tracks on the album come after this one.
A. Ort
The bands that led the charts in the 1980's hardly deserved to even be compared to artists like Timbuk3.
Greg Kessler

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Ort on September 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
One couple, a few guitars and a drum machine makes some great music. They are most known for 'The Future's So Bright' (which is darker than its upbeat rhythm indicates) but the best tracks on the album come after this one.
The music is simple but catchy and driving. The lyrics are very thought provoking and perhaps a bit on the cynical side but they are observant and spot on.
It seems quoting the lyrics is perhaps the best way to give a taste. My personal favorite comes from 'Hairstyles and Attitudes':
"It may be just hype but the latest findings cause me to tremble
Categorizing us by which of the three stooges we most closely resemble..."
This one's a treasure waiting to be found.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marion Delgado on December 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I didn't listen to Timbuk3 until 90 or so (except "The Future's So Bright"). My then girlfriend had this and Eden Alley and 100 lovers and so on. I really think it's in the tradition of seminal college music as much as bands like REM, Pylon, Let's Active, the Feelies, etc.
"Just another movie" is a good example:
"Presidential elections are planned distractions to divert attention from the action behind the scenes - like a game of chess when the house is a mess, or a petty money squabble, when your marriage is in trouble, or a football game when there's rioting in the streets. It's just another movie, another song and dance, another poor sucker who never had a chance."
I think T3 were the most listenable with fast songs like "Future's so Bright" and should have done more of them. But there are no bad songs on this album and a lot of treasures.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Greg Kessler on January 31, 2005
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Pat Mcdonald was much more than a "one hit wonder" songwriter as so many here have suggested.

The bands that led the charts in the 1980's hardly deserved to even be compared to artists like Timbuk3.

If you had lived through the Reagan period and cared at all about politics you would have realized that few other bands were as relevant and focused as Timbuk3 (I would argue that Camper Van Beethoven and Elvis Costello were and appear to remain so- just check out New RomanTimes or Delivery Man respectively).

Way beyond the "Future's so bright" (BTW frat boys: it was always meant to be ironic)

there were songs like Prey, Dis***land was made for you and me, Border Crossing, All of Eden Alley (which I still think was much better than the first album), Waves of grain, too much sex and not enough affection, and many more.

These songs may have been musically limited to a period, but they were timeless in lyrics...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Bennett on May 8, 2012
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Everybody who remembers the '80s remembers "The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades," but although that's a representative taste of the blend of poppy tunefulness and ironic commentary of the whole album, the deeper cuts are sometimes even more enjoyable. And although it's very much of its time ("Presidents in pompous pompadours"), it almost never feels dated. I loved this album back then, and I love it now. It's smart AND fun.
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There are only a few people who put out entire albums that are worth listening to. For me that would be people like Prince, Springsteen and Seger. Timbuk3 was not in that league. But they were pretty good. At least on this first album I bought.

There are maybe 3-5 songs I really like but the rest are at least descent. And this was from a time before iPods where the one song on an album worth anything would get air play and you would buy the entire thing only to find the rest of the stuff was crap.
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Very pleased! Needed a blast from the past for a get together of old friends. So glad I was able to locate it for a reasonable price and in great condition! Thanks!
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By PJ on December 12, 2012
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I just love their music and the way they write. Their melodies and what they have to say is still timeless.
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