Power pop rockers The 88 recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for an awesome episode of What's in My Bag?. These guys have been churning out catchy radio hooks for a decade now. In the mid 2000s it was virtually impossible to turn on your TV and not hear a song by The 88. From hit shows like Grey's Anatomy, The O.C., One Tree Hill to current shows like Community (they wrote the theme song) and films like The Lorax, The 88 have been singing to you all along, even if you didn't know it.
The 88 recently self-released their 6th studio album, Fortune Teller. After a brief stint with Island Records, which neither made nor broke The 88, the band is still making noise in a genre that is over-saturated with young, short attention span Millennials. Adam Merrin, Keith Slettedahl, Todd O'Keefe and Anthony Zimmitti definitely have a knack for constructing songs that are catchy and easy to digest, and there's no doubt their new album will have music supervisors frothing at the mouth for placements.
The band hung out with our "What's In My Bag?" camera crew to talk about some of the cool vinyl they found at Amoeba, a good portion of which they picked out for each other. Bassist Todd kicks things off with an '80s English new wave album by Talk Talk, Laughing Stalk. Singer/guitarist Keith picks up a copy of Nina Simone's Pastel Blues, which is a definite must have for jazz aficionados. Keyboardist Adam finds a copy of The Genius of Ray by Ray Charles. These guys have some fine selections, including the rarest record we've featured in the series so far! From Bill Evans to The Bee Gees and from Elvis to The Smiths, you can tell how much they love to study the greats. Check out the full episode below.
The 88 - What's In My Bag?
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