The Rembrandts est un groupe de musique états-unien célèbre pour la chanson I’ll Be There for You, thème du générique de la série télévisée Friends. Ils ont débuté leur carrière au début des années 90. Le groupe est formé de deux amis, Phil Solem et Danny Wilde. Ils se sont fait connaitre en 1990 grâce au titre numéro dans les US Charts et Top 50 : » Just The Way It Is, Baby « .
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The Rembrandts are an American pop-rock band formed by Phil Solem and Danny Wilde in 1989. They had previously worked together as members of Great Buildings in 1981.
Before the foundation of The Rembrandts, Solem and especially Wilde were well-regarded music industry veterans. Wilde was a member of 1970s cult recording act The Quick, and had released several mildly successful solo albums in the 1980s. As well, Wilde and Solem had together been in the well-reviewed (but commercially unsuccessful) power-pop quartet Great Buildings, a band which released one album for CBS in 1981 before dissolving.
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 hit in 1990 with « Just the Way It Is, Baby », which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard singles chart. The self-titled album reached number 88 on the album charts.
The 1992 follow up album Untitled featured the minor hit « Johnny Have You Seen Her ». Another track from the album, « Rollin’ Down The Hill », was used in the movie Dumb & Dumber.
However, The Rembrandts are most famous for the song « I’ll Be There for You, » the theme for the popular sitcom Friends. It reached #17 on the U.S. Billboard charts, despite never being released as a single. The single has been released in other countries, including the UK, where it went to number 3 in 1995 and number 5 in 1997. The success of Friends has led to a greater awareness of the band, and to greater sales of their recorded albums. The song was also featured on the Friends Soundtrack album.
In 1997, the duo split, with Solem returning to Minneapolis to concentrate on his band Thrush. In 1998, Wilde released the album Spin This, credited to « Danny Wilde + The Rembrandts ». But by 2000 Solem and Wilde reunited, and in 2001 released the album Lost Together as The Rembrandts.
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 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 released a collection called The Rembrandts’ Greatest Hits, a 20 song career-spanning retrospective that included material from the lone Great Buildings album, Apart From The Crowd.
The duo continues to write new songs and tour, while also working on material and producing for other artists, including Plain White T’s, Katie & Katie, Gin Blossoms, Evan & Jaron, and Glen Phillips (Wilde) and Catchpenny (Solem.)
Phil Solem (born 1 July 1956, Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.)
Danny Wilde (born 3 June 1956, Maine, U.S.)
The Rembrandts (1990)
Spin This (Danny Wilde + The Rembrandts) (1998)
Lost Together (2001)
Choice Picks (2005)
Greatest Hits (2006)
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