The 88 live in concert, 2009
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Labels||Island Records, 88 Records|
The 88 is 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.
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.
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" with Lucinda Williams and "Till the End of the Day" with 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.
The 88 wrote and performed "At Least It Was Here", the theme song for the television series Community. While their song "You belong to me" is on the soundtrack of "How I Met Your Mother"'s episode "Belly Full of Turkey", the band was also featured on the 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.