The 88

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The 88
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The 88 live in concert, 2009
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Power pop[1]
Years active 2003–Present
Labels Indie
Members Adam Merrin
Todd O'Keefe
Keith Slettedahl
Anthony Zimmitti

The 88 is a four-piece power pop band based in Los Angeles, California. Adam Merrin and Keith Slettedahl, who were friends in high school, founded the band in 2002.[2] They have released six full-length albums as of 2014, and were the backing band for the Ray Davies Fall 2011 US Tour. The band has also previously opened for acts like The Smashing Pumpkins, The B-52's, Matt Costa, 311, and Flaming Lips.[3] High profile song placements in video games, films, commercials, and popular TV shows have helped to earn the band a growing audience. In 2012, the band co-scored the Jennifer Westfeldt movie Friends with Kids.

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


Members of the band are:

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


  • 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
  • No One Here (February 2010) 88 Records
  • Actors (March 2012) 88 Records
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You (November 2009) 88 Records
  • Love Is The Thing (June 2009) 88 Records


The 88 provided the theme songs for both Community and Free Ride. They were featured on the How I Met Your Mother episode "Best Prom Ever." "Hide Another Mistake" was used on the Grey's Anatomy episode "Begin the Begin". Their song "Coming Home" appeared on the Men In Trees episode "New York Fiction: Part 1" and is also used in a television advertisement for the UK website Find A Property. They performed "Hard to Be You", "Hide Another Mistake" and "How Good Can It Be" during episodes of The O.C. television program. "No One Here" and "All 'Cause of You" was used in the 2012 Lifetime remake of The Blue Lagoon.


  1. ^ Wood, Mikael (December 2008). "The 88 – Not Only...But Also". Spin 24 (12): 100. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  2. ^ "About The 88". The 88. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "About". Blue Microphones. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 

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