The 88

For the building in San Jose, see The 88 (San Jose).
The 88

The 88 live in concert, 2009
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Power pop[1]
Years active 2003 (2003)–2016 (2016) (hiatus)
Labels Island Records, 88 Records
Associated acts Ray Davies
Past members
  • Carlos Torres
  • Mark Vasapolli
  • Brandon Jay

The 88 are an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. The group consists 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.[2][3][4]

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.[5][6]

Other acts The 88 have performed with include Eliott Smith, The Smashing Pumpkins, The B-52's, Elvis Costello, Black Francis, The Zombies, and The Flaming Lips.[7][8]

In 2012, the band co-scored the Jennifer Westfeldt film Friends with Kids.[9]

Their track "At Least It Was Here" is the opening theme song to the television series Community.[10][11]

In August 2016 the band released their latest record, Close To You, as a free download to members of their mailing list, and announced that they would be taking an indefinite hiatus.

Work with Ray Davies

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.[12] The band recorded with Davies at Konk Studios in London on Davies' duets album See My Friends.[13] 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),[14] 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,[15] and The Regis and Kelly show.[16]

Television and film

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.[17][18]





  1. Wood, Mikael (December 2008). "The 88 – Not Only...But Also". Spin. 24 (12): 100. ISSN 0886-3032.
  2. "Top Sellers Interview: The 88". DIY Musician. CDbaby. 26 February 2010.
  3. Edmonston, Tyler (22 July 2013). "ASCAP New Members: The 88". ASCAP.
  4. "The 88". IMDb.
  5. Owen, Arrissia (12 February 2010). "The 88 front man Keith Slettedahl on Backing Ray Davies". OC Weekly.
  6. Griffin, Matt (16 May 2012). "Ray Davies to return to the Hall". Life at the Hall. Archived from the original on 7 April 2015.
  7. Biter, Heath (8 December 2009). "Winston Calling – Tonight at the Echo". laist.
  8. "Homegrown: The 88 – GRAMMY Museum". GRAMMY Museum.
  9. "Friends with Kids". IMDb. 16 March 2012.
  10. "The 88 – At Least It Was Here". Genius.
  11. "Community". IMDb. 17 September 2009.
  12. Baltin, Steve (12 February 2012). "Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party Goes on in Memory of Whitney Houston". Rolling Stone.
  13. "See My Friends – Ray Davies". AllMusic.
  14. Murray, Robin (11 December 2010). "Ray Davies On Alex Chilton". Clash.
  15. "Ray Davies 'Til the End of the Day' on 'Fallon'". Rolling Stone. 26 July 2011.
  16. "Tuesday's TV talk shows". Los Angeles Times. 26 July 2011.
  17. "Dr. Seuss' the Lorax [Original Songs from the Motion Picture] – Original Soundtrack". AllMusic.
  18. "The Lorax". IMDb. 2 March 2012.
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