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Throwback Tuesday – 3OH!3 on the M-I-C

Do you remember how old you were in 2008? What was in style? Who was your best friend? What music did you listen to? Oh, 2008 – it had some really good times, some really strange times, and honestly, some times that we would prefer to forget. But, while we’re reminiscing on the good ol’ days, let us gather to remember one of the most iconic happenings of 2008 – a band called 3OH!3, who slid their way into the limelight.

You’re probably thinking, “what does my favorite middle school band have to do with anything?” It has everything to do with kicking off the new Central year right. 3OH!3 will headline the UCO Stampede Week concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 on the Hamilton Field House front lawn.

As UCO prepares for this evening of nostalgia, we’re taking a look back at some of 3OH!3’s most memorable songs, collaborations and performances. We’re also going to take a timehop down memory lane and latergram a few pop culture happenings from 2008, just to make you feel super old (seniors, we’re looking at you).

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3OH!3 released their debut, self-titled album in 2004, but no one really knew who they were until the release of their album “Want” in 2008, which included the single “Don’t Trust Me.” The album reached number 44 on the Billboard 200. “Don’t Trust Me” soared to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and had us all wondering “what exactly is the Helen Keller?” In 2009, the band released a digital hit, a remix of their second hit single “Starstrukk.” The remix included pop singer Katy Perry and was a top-ten hit in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Finland and Poland. Just one year later, 3OH!3 paired up with Kesha for the song “My First Kiss,” which goes a little like this… Sorry. We couldn’t help ourselves.

Let’s rewind to 2008.  The good times – Zac Efron blessed the big screen again when “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” hit theaters, President Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American president of the United States and the opening ceremony for the Beijing Summer Olympics blew our minds. Then, there was the bad – Heath Ledger died and The Great Recession was in full swing. Of course, there was also the weird – Sarah Palin could see Russia from her house, Britney Spears had her meltdown and the first “Twilight” movie was released (good, bad or weird, we’ll let you decide).

We fell in love with “WALL-E,” we rocked Kanye glasses and we all mumbled along to “black dress, with the tights underneath,” thanks to 3OH!3.

And now, they’re back! Fresh from the studio with a brand-new album, titled “Night Sports,” 3OH!3 hits the Hamilton Field House lawn with a mixed bag of throwback hits and new music.

Ready for a night of flashbacks and feels? Don’t miss 3OH!3 at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22. We’ll see you there!

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