Walker says he knew song he quoted was about nuclear war

Gov. Scott Walker is quoting a one-hit wonder from the 1980s and sporting a pair of dark sunglasses to make a point about Wisconsin’s economy.

Walker began a speech Thursday at an economic development summit by quoting lyrics from the 1986 hit song by the band Timbuk3 “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades.”

Walker wore the sunglasses just long enough to make his point that he sees signs that the state’s economy will continue to grow in 2017.

Walker was in high school in the 1980s and has frequently expressed his affection for rock bands popular during that time, including the BoDeans. Walker even sang a BoDeans at the inaugural ball in 2015.

Both the BoDeans and Timbuk3 were formed in Wisconsin.