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July 11, 2011
YES, BELIEVE IT OR NOT IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING AND AVAILABLE NOW! BRAND NEW TIMBUK3 EXCLUSIVELY DESIGNED MEN'S AND LADIES T-SHIRTS!! ORDER NOW !!
Also available now from the STORE page are many of pat's recent solo CD's, the rare Timbuk3 Espace Ornano CD and several CD offerings from some of pat's featured artists from his celebrated Steel Bridge Songfest. Bundle ordering insures discounted shipping rates!
T-shirts are a one of a kind custom image of the ORIGINAL TIMBUK3 BOOMBOX which now resides in THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. Shirts are all high quality and collectable.
From pat mAcdonald in early 2011: "I'd been a fan of Austin music since the early seventies, starting with Asleep at the Wheel, Kinky Friedman, Townes Van Zandt, and that whole singer/songwriter scene happening around the Armadillo World Headquarters. By the time the eighties rolled around, i wasn't much into the "Cosmic Cowboy" stuff anymore, but bands like Dan Del Santo & His Professors of Pleasure, Joe King Carrasco, and various other anomalies started re-sparking my interest in Austin. When i saw Rank and File on Austin City Limits in 1983, i thought, "Wow, Austin is getting really cool!"
When one too many Wisconsin winters took its final toll, Barbara (my wife at the time) and i decided to buy a boom box and move south. Having busked in NYC, we figured we could survive in a warmer climate year round playing on the street. Austin and New Orleans were the options we were considering. Austin won (or lost, depending on who you ask) and we moved to a campground outside the Austin city limits until we were able to find a good cheap rental in town.
We busked in Austin only once - the bars immediately proved more accommodating. If we were going to play for tips, we might as well get free drinks as part of the deal. We did okay passing the hat - Barbara would go out into the audience with tip jar while i kept playing. People seemed to like us, though not everyone liked the boom box. In those days (before the Texas S&L crash and subsequent federal bailout), you'd see proud Texans in pickup trucks sporting bumper stickers saying, "Secede!" Not only were we a kind of techno abomination, we were also "Yankees" - and the sentiment was not restricted to rednecks in pickups. In those days, playing Austin City Limits seemed as unlikely as weathering another winter in Wisconsin.
Finding a foothold and a following in Austin wasn't easy. We weren't immediately embraced by the hipster proponents of Austin's emerging "New Sincerity" movement, and there was a purist element among the more traditional singer/songwriters that hated the boom box. But everybody said we had good songs, and the traditional scene - at least its fringes - embraced us first. Our first champion in that camp was an outcast himself - he'd been banned from most bars we wanted to play in. He'd even been kicked out of The Austin Outhouse, a place where dogs sometimes outnumbered humans (mostly hippies and bikers), but the Outhouse always welcomed Blaze back in. Blaze Foley's songs and picking had earned him some big fans among the regulars, and he had garnered enough clout to get us our first paying gig there. He also persuaded all his friends to come to the show.
Two years later, we were playing secret shows under fake names and packing bars Blaze was forbidden to enter. One was The Hole in the Wall, located across the street from the U.T. Communications Building, home of Austin City Limits. We played there as "Fred and Wilma" and Blaze opened the show. Two years later when we crossed the street, Blaze was there in the Austin City Limits studio audience.
TIMBUK3 BOOMBOX INDUCTED AND DISPLAYED AT THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME!
The legendary boombox that helped propel Timbuk3 into stardom and the top of the music charts now has a new home in Cleveland, Ohio at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The Hall contacted pat mAcdonald in March, 2010 and expressed their interest in showcasing the boombox in an upcoming exhibit featuring artists from the Midwest.
The boombox that became the "third member" of Timbuk3 was born out of necessity when pat and his then wife Barbara relocated in the early eighties to Austin, Texas and began performing their original music on the streets. Their literate songs with the low end, cool-ass beats soon granted them instant scenester status. Timbuk3 is credited with using a boombox on stage long before samples, loops and beatboxes appeared. True American originals!
Bruce Reaves and pat mAcdonald at the boombox going away party
in South Bend, Indiana - March 10, 2010
pat mAcdonald, PERFORMING AT
THE STEEL BRIDGE SONGFEST!!
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pat and Timbuk3 On VH1 !!!!
VH1’S “100 GREATEST ONE HIT WONDERS OF THE ‘80s”
CELEBRATES THE MOST ADDICTIVE SONGS OF THE DECADE
Hosted by comedian and “30 Rock” star, Judah Friedlander
NEW YORK, NY, MARCH 23, 2009 – VH1’s “The Greatest” countdown is back with its latest installment, the “100 Greatest One Hit Wonders Of The ‘80s,” premieres on VH1 beginning with the first two hours on Tuesday, March 31 – Friday, April 3 at 10PM* each night. VH1 is inviting viewers to put on their leg warmers, put down that Rubik’s Cube that has yet to be solved, and reminisce to the time when it was all so simple. A time when everyone had “Pac Man Fever” and did the "Safety Dance," when we played Atari until our fingers fell off, and when it was cool to rock out to hair bands that were the gods of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. VH1 is saluting these one hit wonders of the 80s, because let’s face it, without them, whose songs would we drunkenly slur during karaoke at the bar?
Each new episode of “VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the ‘80s” will premiere on VH1 beginning with the first two hours on Tuesday, March 31 - Friday, April 3 at 10PM* each night. Hosted by comedian and “30 Rock” star, Judah Friedlander, this five-part special turns back the hands of time with a humorous yet tasteful approach to the era that brought songs that we can’t get out of our head… no matter how hard we try. VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the ‘80s” features unforgettable video clips, footage and performances, plus exclusive, new interviews with the decade’s best one-hit wonders – Timbuk3, Stacey Q, Animotion, Musical Youth, Frank Stallone, Georgia Satellites, E.U., The Mary Jane Girls, Vixen, Nu Shooz, and Allana Myles, Thomas Dolby, Kajagoogoo, Bow Wow Wow, Toni Basil, A Flock of Seagulls and many more.
VH1.com users weighed in by voting on their favorite one hit wonders over the past month. 80s music fans can go to VH1.com for extensive music playlists and outtakes from the show.
VH1’s “100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the ‘80s” is a production of VH1. Hilary Spiegelman is Series Producer, and Bernie Kaminski and Shelly Tatro will serve as Executive Produces for VH1.