The Rembrandts

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The Rembrandts
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
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Years active1989–1997, 2000–present
Labels
Members
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The Rembrandts are an American alternative rock duo, formed by Danny Wilde and Phil Solem in 1989.[8] They had previously worked together as members of Great Buildings in 1981. The Rembrandts are best known for the song "I'll Be There for You", which was used as the main theme song for the NBC sitcom Friends.[9]

History[edit]

Wilde was a member of 1970s cult recording act The Quick,[8] and had released several mildly successful solo albums in the 1980s. Wilde and Solem had been in the power-pop quartet Great Buildings, a band that released one album for CBS in 1981 before dissolving.[8]

After establishing themselves as The Rembrandts in 1989, Solem and Wilde recorded a self-titled album largely in Wilde's home studio. From this album, the group had their first success during 1990 with "Just the Way It Is, Baby", which scored at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.[8] The self-titled album scored number 88 on the Billboard 200.[8]

The next album Untitled, of 1992,[8] featured the minor successes "Johnny, Have You Seen Her?" and "Chase the Clouds Away". Another track from the album, "Rollin' Down the Hill", was used in the film Dumb and Dumber.

"I'll Be There for You," the theme for the sitcom Friends, reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart for several weeks before being released as a single and peaking at No. 17 on the U.S. Billboard chart.[8] The single has been released in other countries, including the UK, where it reached No. 3 in 1995 and No. 5 in 1997.[8] The success of Friends has caused a greater awareness of the band, and led to greater sales of their recorded albums. The song was also featured on the Friends Soundtrack album. An earlier, previously unreleased version of "I'll Be There for You" with different lyrics was included on their Unreleased Stuff album.

In 1997, the duo split, with Solem returning to Minneapolis to concentrate on his band Thrush.[8] In 1998, Wilde released the album Spin This, credited to "Danny Wilde + The Rembrandts".[8] In 2000, Solem and Wilde reunited, and released the album Lost Together as The Rembrandts the following year.

In 2005, the band released an album of re-recorded favorites called Choice Picks. There are two versions of Choice Picks, one released through Awarestore.com which features the new track "Chasin' Down a Rainbow". The other version was released on the Fuel 2000 label, with the new track "Don't Give Me Up".

In 2006, Rhino Records released a collection called Greatest Hits, a 20-song career-spanning retrospective that included material from the lone Great Buildings album, Apart from the Crowd.

In 2016, the pair reunited and announced that they would release a new album. Via Satellite was released in 2019.

Mainstream success[edit]

Despite achieving success with "I'll Be There For You", the duo has been dismissive of the song. Phil Solem in 1995, said "We don't want to hang our hats on the theme from a TV show...[w]e've been working too long at our craft for that."[10] The same year, the duo tried to apologize for the song on MTV News' "The Year in Rock".[11]

Legacy[edit]

In 2014, Rolling Stone ranked them the 20th best Two-Hit wonder of all time.[12] Insider, placed them on their list of the "Best One-Hit Wonders of All Time".[13]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[14]
AUS
[15]
AUT
[16]
NZ
[17]
SWE
[18]
UK
[19]
The Rembrandts
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Atco
88 93 23 43
Untitled
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Atco
LP 23 25 14
Spin This
(with Danny Wilde)
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: EastWest America
Lost Together
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: J-Bird
Via Satellite
  • Released: 2019
  • Label: Blue Élan

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected details
Title Details
Choice Picks
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: True North, Fuel 2000
Greatest Hits
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Rhino Records

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[14]
US
Main.
Rock

[14]
US
Main.
Pop

[14]
AUS
[21][22]
CAN
[23]
FRA
[24]
GER
[25]
NLD
[26]
SWE
[18]
UK
[27]
"Just the Way It Is, Baby" 1990 14 13 26 12 9 6 53 23 The Rembrandts
"Someone" 1991 78 104 82 45 57
"Burning Timber" 36
"Save Me" 64
"Johnny Have You Seen Her" 1992 54 24 38 48 54 Untitled
"Maybe Tomorrow" 1993
"Chase the Clouds Away"
"Waiting to Be Opened"
"I'll Be There for You" 1995 17 1 3 1 77 3 LP
"This House Is Not a Home" 31 82 58
"Don't Hide Your Love"
"Drowning in Your Tears" 1996
"I'll Be There for You" [European re-release] 1997 25 20 34 5
"Too Late" 2001 Lost Together

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame songwriter Allee Willis, co-writer of 'Friends' theme, dies at 72". UPI. December 25, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  2. ^ Brady, Bradford; Maron, John (July 26, 2020). "On the Record: Who Sings Adventure Rocketship". Herald Courier. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  3. ^ Erelwine, Stephen Thomas. "The Rembrandts - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  4. ^ Zaleski, Annie. "The Rembrandts' "I'll Be There For You" was a golden albatross". AV Club. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  5. ^ Kalnitz, Max. "WHERE ARE THEY NOW: '90s one-hit wonders". Insider. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  6. ^ Barrett, John (September 27, 2011). "25 Awesome One-Hit Wonders of the 1990s". Paste. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  7. ^ Greene, Andy (May 27, 2021). "Flashback: The Rembrandts Play 'I'll Be There for You' on Letterman in 1995". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 329. ISBN 978-0-7535-0427-7.
  9. ^ "The Rembrandts: 'So no one told me it was going to be this way'". Independent. London. April 27, 2004. Archived from the original on June 18, 2022. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  10. ^ Shuster, Fred (June 29, 1995). "REMBRANDTS' CAREER GETS BY WITH LITTLE HELP FROM 'FRIENDS'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  11. ^ Johnson, Steve (December 15, 1995). ""The Year in Rock": And what a..." Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  12. ^ Harris, Keith; Johnston, Maura (March 31, 2014). "Love Me Two Times: 20 Greatest Two-Hit Wonders of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  13. ^ Shaw, Gabbi. "The 57 best one-hit wonders of all time". Insider. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  14. ^ a b c d "Billboard Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  15. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 233.
  16. ^ "AUT". austriancharts.at. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  17. ^ "NZ". charts.org.nz. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  18. ^ a b "SWE". swedishcharts. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  19. ^ "UK Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  20. ^ "Gold and Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  21. ^ "AUS". australian-charts.com. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  22. ^ "Bubbling Down Under Week Commencing August 12, 1991". Retrieved August 12, 2022.
  23. ^ "RPM". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  24. ^ "FRA". lescharts.com. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  25. ^ "GER". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  26. ^ "NET". dutchcharts. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  27. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 458. ISBN 978-1-904994-10-7.
  28. ^ "British single certifications – The Rembrandts – I'll Be There for You". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 10, 2022.

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