The mtvU Woodie Awards celebrate genre-bending music and independent experiementation — a subset of music that used to be known as "college rock." Since the Woodies work to keep this genre (and the phenomenon that is college radio) alive and kicking, it's only natural that some of the artists attending this year's show at New York's Roseland Ballroom would reflect on the time they spent at higher education institutions and the music that helped them get through long study sessions and hangovers.
Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte — otherwise known as 3OH!3 — even got their start while they were in school. The pair met at the University of Colorado (they had a physics class together), and both finished school before rock stardom came calling. Like anybody, they've got certain musical memories associated with their time in Boulder. "For me, it was Death Cab for Cutie's Transatlanticism," Foreman told MTV News. "That was huge." (Luckily for Foreman, he got to hang out with Death Cab and watch them perform "Meet Me on the Equinox" later on that night.)
Motte's inspiration was a little more ... esoteric. "For me it was Eiffel 65, 'Blue,'" he said. "I went to college back in '98 ... actually, I didn't. I just lied about that. That was more high school. But it's still a great moment." Motte then treated MTV News to a head-bobbing rendition of the classic euro-disco track.
You can catch 3OH!3, Death Cab for Cutie and a host of other mtvU favorites on the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards, which air this Friday, December 4 at 10 p.m. on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU. And no, Eiffel 65 were not in attendance. But there's always next year!