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Genres  Power pop
Website  The88.net
Record label  Island Records
Associated acts  Ray Davies
Genre  Power pop
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Years active  2002 (2002)–2016 (2016) (hiatus)
Labels  Island Records, 88 Records
Past members  Carlos Torres Mark Vasapolli Brandon Jay
Origin  Los Angeles, California, United States (2002)
Albums  Not Only... But Also, Over and Over, Kind of Light
Members  Keith Slettedahl, Adam Merrin, Todd O'Keefe
Similar  Ray Davies, Alex Chilton, Lucinda Williams, Fletcher Sheridan, Randy Crenshaw

The 88 were an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. The group consisted of Keith Slettedahl (vocals and guitar), Adam Merrin (keyboards and vocals), Anthony Zimmitti (drums and percussion), and Todd O'Keefe (bass and vocals). Meeting in high school in Calabasas, California, Adam Merrin and Keith Slettedahl formed the band in 2002. The band's popularity grew from high-profile song placements in video games, films, commercials, and popular TV shows.


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From 2010 to 2012, the band toured and recorded with the Kinks leader Ray Davies, serving as his opening act and backing Davies for his set. The band performed with Davies at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2011.

Other acts The 88 have performed with include Elliott Smith, The Smashing Pumpkins, The B-52's, Elvis Costello, Black Francis, The Zombies, and The Flaming Lips.

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In 2012, the band co-scored the Jennifer Westfeldt film Friends with Kids.

Their track "At Least It Was Here" is the opening theme song to the television series Community.

Work with Ray Davies

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In 2010, the band acted as the support act and back up band for Ray Davies on his American tour. For the next two years, the band performed with Davies, including performances at London's Royal Albert Hall and Japan's Fuji Rock Festival. The 88 performed with Davies and Elvis Costello at Clive Davis's pre-Grammy party in 2012. The band recorded with Davies at Konk Studios in London on Davies' duets album See My Friends. The 88 played on "Long Way From Home" by Lucinda Williams and "Till the End of the Day" by Alex Chilton (Chilton's final recorded performance), as well as recording a version of David Watts with Davies. The band did a promotional tour for See My Friends with Davies including performances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Regis and Kelly show.

Television and film

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The 88 wrote and performed "At Least It Was Here", the theme song for the television series Community. The band was also featured on the How I Met Your Mother episode "Best Prom Ever". The band co-scored the 2012 film Friends with Kids. The 88 appear on the soundtrack to the 2012 film The Lorax.


  • Keith Slettedahl – vocals/guitar
  • Adam Merrin – piano/keyboards
  • Todd O'Keefe – bass guitar
  • Anthony Zimmitti – drums
  • Discography

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  • Kind of Light (June 2003) EMK/Mootron Records
  • Over and Over (September 2005) EMK/Mootron Records
  • Not Only... But Also (October 2008) Island Records
  • This Must Be Love (November 2009) 88 Records
  • The 88 (September 2010) 88 Records
  • Lorax official soundtrack (March 2012)
  • Fortune Teller (June 2013) 88 Records
  • Close To You (December 2016) 88 Records
  • EPs
  • No One Here (February 2010) 88 Records
  • Actors (March 2012) 88 Records
  • Singles
  • "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (November 2009) 88 Records
  • "Love Is The Thing" (June 2009) 88 Records
  • Songs

    At Least It Was Here - Full Length VersionCommunity · 2010
    Everybody Needs a ThneedDr Seuss' The Lorax: Original Songs from the Motion Picture · 2012
    No One HereNot Only But Also · 2008


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